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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.
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.