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What does 'Δούρα Ευρωπός' mean?

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What does 'Δούρα Ευρωπός' mean?

Postby TonyLoco23 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:16 am

The Hellenistic city in Syria called Δούρα Ευρωπός, what does the name mean?
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Re: What does 'Δούρα Ευρωπός' mean?

Postby Kakikello » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:59 pm

The city was originally called just Ευρωπός after the place of birth of Seleucus I in Macedonia. Δούρα is not of Greek origin at all, but a common Assyrian place name (I believe "dura" means something like "walled" or "fortified"). At some point of history they just linked those two place names together.

I've seen it translated as "Fort Europos" in English texts.
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