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Hama [Ḥamā, Ḥamāh; bibl. Hamath; anc. Gr. Epiphania]locked

  • Rupert L. Chapman

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City on the River Orontes in inland western Syria. The tell has been occupied almost continuously since Neolithic times.

Hama’s location on the Aleppo–Damascus road ensured its prosperity for long periods (see also Syria-Palestine, §I, 1). Its position also exposed it to influence and domination by a wide variety of cultures. In the ...

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