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A great city in the E. of Sicily. Paul arrived there from Melita ("Malta") on his way to Rome (Acts 28:12). A convenient place for the Alexandrian grain ships to touch at, for the haven was good and the water from the fountain Arethusa excellent. The prevalent wind in this part of the Mediterranean, the W.N.W., would carry the vessel from Malta round the S. of Sicily to the eastern shore on which lay Syracuse. They waited three days there for the wind, then by a circuitous course, necessitated by the direction of the wind, reached Rhegium.

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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'syracuse' Fausset's Bible Dictionary". - Fausset's; 1878.

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