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Economic strength[edit]

The main article could be improved if there were a few comments on the economic role the cities played in the region. When Pompey passed through Judea, he allowed the cities of the Dekapolis a measure of autonomy. Were it not for this, it would have been expected for the cities to have had to pay tribute to a governing authority of some kind.

How much tribute would the Dekapolis have had to pay? (talk) 08:01, 16 February 2008 (UTC)


The list of the "ten cities of the Decapolis" actually lists eleven (not counting Damascus). Why is this? Someone the Person (talk) 15:18, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

Decapolis as it mentioned at Pliny the Elder (The Natural History 5.16)[edit]

"On the side of Syria, joining up to Judæa, is the region of Decapolis , so called from the number of its cities; as to which all writers are not agreed. Most of them, however, agree in speaking of Damascus as one, a place fertilized by the river Chrysorroös, which is drawn off into its meadows and eagerly imbibed; Philadelphia, and Rhaphana, all which cities fall back towards Arabia; Scythopolis (formerly called Nysa by Father Liber, from his nurse having been buried there), its present name being derived from a Scythian colony which was established there; Gadara , before which the river Hieromix flows; Hippo, which has been previously mentioned; Dion , Pella , rich with its waters; Galasa , and Canatha. The Tetrarchies lie between and around these cities, equal, each of them, to a kingdom, and occupying the same rank as so many kingdoms. Their names are, Trachonitis, Panias, in which is Cæsarea, with the spring previously mentioned , Abila , Arca , Ampeloëssa , and Gabe."

I did not find here Al Hush and Arabella - can the authors specify? --Alexey.Tulin (talk) 21:19, 9 January 2010 (UTC)


The text here is speaking of the ancient days when the area was called Palestine. [1] --Supreme Deliciousness (talk) 12:21, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Nope. Line says "With the exception of Damascus, the "Region of the Decapolis" was located in modern-day Jordan...", meaning we are discussing modern entities. Scythopolis is in modern Israel. Even if we were discussing ancient times, you'd still be wrong, as Latin Palaestina was adopted in the 2nd century AD, hundreds of years after the formation of the Decapolis. Poliocretes (talk) 17:52, 16 October 2010 (UTC)