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Map of the Roman Empire - Lesser Syritis
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Lesser Syritis was a bay along the north African coastline near Carthage in ancient Roman times. The Syritis is referred to in Acts 27:17.
Acts 27:17 - Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.
Lesser Syritis Syrtis Minor (? µ???? S??t??, Gulf of Khabs) lies in the southwestern angle of the great bend formed by the northern coast of Africa as it drops down to the south from the neighbourhood of Carthage, and then bears again to the east; in other words, in the angle between the eastern coast of Zeugitana and Byzacena (Tunis) and the northern coast of Tripolitana (Tripoli). In its mouth, near the northern extremity, lie the islands of Cercina and Cercinitis. In Herodotus, the word Syrtis occurs in a few passages, without any distinction between the Greater and the Less. It seems most probable that he means to denote by this term the Greater Syrtis, and that he included the Less in the lake Tritonis. - Harry Thurston Peck. Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. New York. Harper and Brothers. 1898.
Syrtis Minor. The Syrtis Minor is the Latin name used in Ancient Rome for the Gulf of Gabes in the Mediterranean Sea along the coast of North Africa. It spans roughly from modern day Tripoli to Sfax, Tunisia. Syrtis is referred to in the Bible in Acts 27:10-19, which tells the story of the Apostle Paul being sent in chains to Rome to stand trial before Caesar Nero. The crew of his ship was worried about being driven by a storm into Syrtis, and took precautions to prevent it, resulting, eventually, in being shipwrecked on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. - Wikipedia
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