The capital and largest city of Syria, in the southwest part of the country. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the city became a thriving commercial center under the Romans and was a Saracen stronghold during the Crusades.
(place) Capital of Syria, in the SW part: an ancient city dating to c. 2,000 b.c.
From LatinDamascus, from Ancient Greek Δαμασκός (Damaskos), from Aramaicדרמשק (darmeśeq, “well-watered place”).
Damascus Sentence Examples
The position of the Franks in the Holy Land was not improved by the attack on Damascus; while the ignominious failure of a Crusade led by two kings brought the whole crusading movement into discredit in western Europe, and it was utterly in vain that Suger and St Bernard attempted to gather a fresh Crusade in 1150.
They occupied Ilauran, and about 85 B.C. their king Aretas (Ilaritha) became lord of Damascus and Coele-Syria.
He also published works on the Last Days of the Life of Jesus, on Judaism in the Time of Christ, on John of Damascus (1879) and an Examination of the Vatican Dogma in the Light of Patristic Exegesis of the New Testament.
From him Damascus passed to Malik-alSalih Ayyub of Egypt at the battle of Gaza.
The empress also erected a large church in honour of St Stephen north of the Damascus Gate, and is believed to have been buried therein.