an ancient city in Iraq, on the Tigris River: capital of the Seleucid empire.
an ancient city in Asia Minor, near the mouth of the Orontes River: the port of Antioch. Unabridged
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Seleucia (sɪˈluːʃɪə)
1.  an ancient city in Mesopotamia, on the River Tigris: founded by Seleucus Nicator in 312 bc; became the chief city of the Seleucid empire; sacked by the Romans around 162 ad
2.  Seleucia Tracheotis, Official name: Seleucia Trachea an ancient city in SE Asia Minor, on the River Calycadnus (modern Goksu Nehri): captured by the Turks in the 13th century; site of present-day Silifke (Turkey)
3.  Official name: Seleucia Pieria an ancient port in Syria, on the River Orontes: the port of Antioch, of military importance during the wars between the Ptolemies and Seleucids; largely destroyed by earthquake in 526; site of present-day Samanda? (Turkey)

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Seleucia definition

the sea-port of Antioch, near the mouth of the Orontes. Paul and his companions sailed from this port on their first missionary journey (Acts 13:4). This city was built by Seleucus Nicator, the "king of Syria." It is said of him that "few princes have ever lived with so great a passion for the building of cities. He is reputed to have built in all nine Seleucias, sixteen Antiochs, and six Laodiceas." Seleucia became a city of great importance, and was made a "free city" by Pompey. It is now a small village, called el-Kalusi.

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town, south-central Turkey. It is located along the banks of the Goksu River, overlooking the Taurus Mountains. An irrigation scheme supplying the fertile lowland of the Goksu delta is located at Silifke. The town is a market centre for agricultural produce of its hinterland, including cotton, tobacco, grapes, olives, beans, and lentils. Industrial products include beverages, textiles, footwear, wearing apparel, chemicals, electrical appliances, transport equipment, plastics, glass, pottery, and canned fruit and vegetables. The modern town occupies the site of ancient Seleucia Tracheotis founded by Seleucus I Nicator at the beginning of the 3rd century BC. On the top of the hill above the town are the remains of a Byzantine castle. Pop. (2000) 64,827.

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