American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
An island of the Aeagean sea, to which the apostle and evangelist John was banished by Domitian, A. D. 95, Revelation 1:9 . It is a rocky and desolate island, about twenty-eight miles in circumference, with a bold and deeply indented shore; and was used by the Romans as a place of banishment for many criminals. It lies between Samos and Naxos, about forty miles west by south from the promontory of Miletus; and contains at present some four thousand inhabitants, mostly Greeks. Its principal port is a deep bay on the northeast side; the town lying on a high and steep hill, the summit of which is crowned by the old and castle-like monastery of St. John. Half way down the hill is a natural grotto, now covered by a Greek chapel, school, etc. In this cave, over-looking the sea and its islands towards his beloved Ephesus, tradition says that John saw and recorded his prophetic visions. The island is now called Patino; and the port Patmo, or San Giovanni di Patino.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Patmos'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/p/patmos.html. 1859.