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A loose confederacy of ten cities in the ancient Middle East, settled by Greeks and controlled after 63 bc by Rome. Among the cities of the Decapolis, which lay mostly to the east of the Jordan River, were Damascus and Philadelphia (modern-day Amman).
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(Historical Terms) a league of ten cities, including Damascus, in the northeast of ancient Palestine: established in 63 bc by Pompey and governed by Rome
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(dɪˈkæp ə lɪs)

a region in the NE part of ancient Palestine: confederacy of ten cities in the 1st century B.C.
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Nigel Hatch PC, with Sagara Kariyawasam, Ms.S.Illangae and Sumudu Kanatha Hewage for the intervenient-petitioner- respondent SC.
Histoires de Kanatha Vues et Contees--Histories of Kanatha Seen and Told.
Sioui, Georges, Histoires de Kanatha: Vues et contees/Histories of Kanatha: Seen and Told.