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Danaba was a town and bishopric in the late Roman province of Phoenicia Secunda.


Danaba is mentioned by Ptolemy (V, xv, 24) as a town in the territory of Palmyra. According to the Roman road guide known as Peutinger's table (where it is called Danova) it was a Roman military station between Damascus and Palmyra, twenty miles from Nezala.

Today Danaba may be represented by Hafer, a village five miles southeast of Sadad, which in the early 20th century was in the Ottoman vilayet of Damascus; about 300 Jacobite Syrians lived there, most of whom had been converted to Catholicism. Sadad and Mahïn have also been proposed as its location.[1]


Danaba figures in an Antiochene Notitia episcopatuum of the 6th century as a suffragan of Damascus, and remained so till perhaps the 10th century. Only two bishops are known: Theodore, who attended the Council of Chalcedon in 451, and who subscribed the letter of the bishops of the province to Byzantine Emperor Leo I the Thracian in 458 regarding the murder of Proterius of Alexandria, and Eulogius, present at the Second Council of Constantinople in 553.[2][3][4]

No longer a residential bishopric, Danaba is included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees.[1]



  1. ^ a b Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p.879
  2. ^ Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. II, coll. 847-848
  3. ^ Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 435
  4. ^ Sophrone Pétridès, "Banaba" in Catholic Encyclopedia (New York 1908)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.