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People's Dictionary of the Bible
Patara (păt'a-rah), a seaport town on the southwest shore of Lycia, near the left bank of Xanthus, and opposite Rhodes. Acts 21:1-2. It was about seven miles east of the mouth of the river, had a convenient harbor, and was visited by ships of all nations. The gospel was early preached there. The city was given up to the worship of Apollo, its founder, Patarus, being reputed to be a son of that god. Patara is now in ruins, but retains its ancient name.
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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Patara'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/p/patara.html. 1893.