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People's Dictionary of the Bible
Tarsus (tär'sus). A town of Cilicia, the birthplace of the apostle Paul. Acts 9:11; Acts 21:39; Acts 22:3. Augustus made it a "free city." It was renowned as a place of education under the early Roman emperors. Strabo compares it in this respect to Athens and Alexandria. Tarsus also was a place of much commerce. It was situated in a wild and fertile plain on the hanks of the Cydnus. No ruins of any importance remain.
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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Tarsus'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​rpd/​t/tarsus.html. 1893.