ANCIENT CITIES……….MODERN COUNTRIES: # 1
Many cities mentioned in the ancient writings are little more than piles of rubble, their glory days long past….. Here is a list of some of them
Ur: IRAQ- was an ancient city in Mesopotamia, located near the mouth of Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It was constructed around 2600 BC and was the favoured land and sea centre due to its location. Over the millennia, marine regression has caused a shift in the location of the rivers and what is left of Ur is now mils inland.
Philadelphia ( not the one in USA): JORDAN- A number of ancient cities were called Philadelphia but the main one was given its name by the Hellenic ruler of Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphus. The capital city of Amman is located on the ruins of ancient Philadelphia.
Delphi: GREECE- Known today as the site of the famous Oracle and was one of the major sites for the worship of Apollo. The Pythian Games, similar to the Olympic games were held here every four years. The modern city of Delphi retains much of its ancient history. There is where the stone known as ‘ omphalos’ was considered to be the center of the world and of the universe which we know it as ‘Oracle’. Other ancient ruins visible today is the Temple of Apollo, the altar of Chians and the Stoa of the Athenians.
Capurnam: ISRAEL- is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke and it was the birth place of apostles- Peter, Andrew, James & John. it is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Byblos: LEBANON- is the greek word for “Egyptian Papyrus” and yes, its where the word ‘Bible’ is derived. Local people call it Jubayl. Byblos lays claims to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.