an ancient city in NW Mesopotamia, on the modern site of Urfa: an early center of Christianity; the capital of a principality under the Crusaders.

Related formsE·des·san, E·des·sene [ih-des-een] /ɪˈdɛs in/, adjective
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an ancient city on the N edge of the Syrian plateau, founded as a Macedonian colony by Seleucus I: a centre of early ChristianityModern name: Urfa
a market town in Greece: ancient capital of Macedonia. Pop (municipality): 25 729 (2001)Ancient name: Aegae (ˈiːɡiː) Modern Greek name: Édhessa
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