a maritime city of Galilee (Acts 21:7). It was originally called "Accho" (q.v.), and received the name Ptolemais from Ptolemy Soter when he was in possession of Coele-Syria.
ptolemais, indeed, enjoyed all the ordinary forms of self-government, but Alexandria was governed despotically by royal officials.
Vespasian had encountered no resistance, on his march down to ptolemais.
And then he went to the town of ptolemais, on the extreme bounds of Syria, and was obliged by sickness to remain there all Lent.
The princes had not intended to attack ptolemais and were delighted at this unexpected promise.
Taking ship once more, for the last time, they sailed southward along the coast of Palestine to ptolemais.
And from ptolemais, which is now called Akoun, it is one hundred furlongs to a great hill, called the scale (or ladder) of Tyre.
After a few days' stop at Tyre, the ship went on to Caesarea, stopping at ptolemais.
How entirely ignorant we are, for instance, of the methods by which the gospel spread to Tyre and ptolemais and Puteoli!
When the wedding was over, Alexander wrote to Jonathan the high priest, and desired him to come to ptolemais.
The position of Acre, the ancient ptolemais, was indeed very favourable for its protection by a fleet.