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An ancient region of southeast Asia Minor along the Mediterranean Sea south of the Taurus Mountains. The area was conquered by Alexander the Great and later became part of the Roman Empire. It was the site of an independent Armenian state from 1080 to 1375.

Ci·li′cian adj. & n.


(Placename) an ancient region and former kingdom of SE Asia Minor, between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean: corresponds to the region around present-day Adana


(sɪˈlɪʃ ə)

an ancient country in SE Asia Minor: at one time a Roman province.
Ci•li′cian, adj., n.
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26) According to Homer Typhoeus was overwhelmed by Zeus amongst the Arimi in Cilicia.
The WCC and its member churches will continue to participate in the ongoing centennial commemorations this year by the Armenian diaspora, including with the Armenian Church Holy See of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon, on 18-19 July.
NNA - On the occasion of the appointment of Krikor Bedros XX as the Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians during Sunday Mass held at "Our Lady of Bzommar" Convent, Pope Francis sent a message to the new Patriarch wishing him all success in his new mission and hoping that it "bears much fruit".
His Beatitude, Aram I Keshishian Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church
Shaikh Ahmed Al Tayyib, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Prince Al Hassan Bin Talal, the President of the Arab Thought Forum, Prince Turki Al Faisal Chairman of the Board of Directors of King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, and Aram I, head of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia were among those who presented papers on the inaugural day.
Located on the border with Turkey, Kasab is a historical town with an ethnic Armenian population that dates back to the medieval Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia.
The 22 papers consider such topics as problematizing Greek colonization in the Eastern Mediterranean in the seventh and sixth centuries BC, the rule of Antiochus IV of Commangene in Cilicia, a diachronic analysis of Roman temples in Rough Cilicia, the ceramic evidence for connections between Rough Cilicia and northwestern Cyprus between about 200 BC and AD 200, rural habitat in the hinterland of Seleucia and Calycadnum during Late Antiquity, and research on ancient cities and buildings in Rough Cilicia.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Catholicate of the Great House of Cilicia Aram I felicitated the Iranian nation on the election of Hassan Rouhani as the next president of the country, and said results of Iran's voting will decrease the regional crises.
Later on, President Christofias had a meeting with the Patriarch of Cilicia Aram I and afterwards he met with the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East Mar Bechara Boutros Rai.
The theatrical critic Abdei-Fattah Qalaaji said that the 20s and 30s of the twentieth century witnessed the foundation of several theatrical groups including Armenian youths who came from Cilicia to Aleppo in addition to establishing the National Acting Club in 1925 whose members comprise famous figures such as Amin Taj Eddin, Fahmi al-Haffar, Mahmoud Haqi, Ali al-Nasser and Moustafa Barmada.
Cleopatra began to regain the territories of Ptolemy II Philadelphos in 37 BC, when Antonius awarded her Phoenicia, Coele Syria and Cyprus, as well as parts of Cilicia, Judaea and Arabia Nabataea.