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An ancient region of southwest Palestine. Strategically located on a trade route from Egypt to Syria, the cities of the region formed a loose confederacy important in biblical times.
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(Placename) an ancient country on the coast of SW Palestine
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an ancient country in SW Palestine on the Mediterranean coast: the land of the Philistines.
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Noun1.Philistia - an ancient region on the coast of southwestern Palestine that was strategically located on a trade route between Syria and EgyptPhilistia - an ancient region on the coast of southwestern Palestine that was strategically located on a trade route between Syria and Egypt; important in biblical times
Canaan, Holy Land, Promised Land, Palestine - an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism
Dagon - god of agriculture and the earth; national god of Philistines
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References in classic literature ?
It was the crowning buffet, the final victory of Philistia over art, beauty, and immaterial things.
Dan'el Kahn concludes the volume with "The Campaign of Ramesses III against Philistia," an abbreviated and amended version of a previously published article (Kahn 2011) that argues that the assumed connection between the sea and land battles fought by Ramesses III against the so-called Sea Peoples should be rejected, a position previously argued by Drews 2000, but ignored here.
The Gaza Strip as a 13th tribe (ie Philistia) could become the administrative region and Gaza the capital for a unified Holy Land.
After the rapprochement between David and Saul, David goes undercover in Philistia, pretending to be an enemy of Saul's but really working on behalf of the king, dramatizing I Sam 27-29.
Fy nymuniad cyson yw 'Gwna ddaeargrynfeydd dan gadarn goncrit Philistia'.
G'val, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.
Howl, O gate; cry out, O city; melt away, all Philistia! For a smoke is coming from the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks (Isa.
They call it Philistia, from which the name Palestine is derived.