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mit-i-le'-ne, mit-i-lye'-nye (Mitulene, or Mutilene as usually on coins):

1. Importance and History:

In antiquity the most important city of the Asiatic Aeolians and of the island of Lesbos. It had 2 harbors and strong fortresses. The city was noted for its high culture and for its zeal for art and science from the earliest times. The island, under the leadership of Mitylene, revolted in 428 B.C. from the Athenian confederacy. The city was besieged by the Athenians and finally taken. The inhabitants of Mitylene were treated with great severity; the walls were dismantled, and the city was deprived of its power on the sea. In the time of Alexander the Great, Mitylene suffered most through the Persians, and later by the occupation of the Macedonians, but afterward regained its power and prosperity, and still later was favored by the Roman emperors, being made a free city by Pompey.

In the Middle Ages, the name Mitylene was applied to the whole island. The present capital, often called simply Castro, has a large castle built on the site of the ancient acropolis (in 1373). The city was conquered by the Turks in 1462. It contains 14 mosques, 7 churches, and has a population of about 15,000.

2. Paul's Visit:

On his third missionary journey, Paul traveled to the Hellespont from Philippi, thence through the Troad by land to Assos on the southern side-where extensive excavations were carried on in 1881 by an American archaeological expedition-thence by ship to Mitylene (Acts 20:14), where he spent the night. Leaving Lesbos, he sailed southward to a point opposite the island of Chios (Acts 20:15). There is no record that a Christian church had been established in Mitylene at this time.


Tozer, Islands of the Aegean, 121, 134, 136; Ramsay, Paul the Traveler, 291;.

J. E. Harry

3412. Mitulene -- Mitylene, the chief city of Lesbos
... Mitylene, the chief city of Lesbos. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration:
Mitulene Phonetic Spelling: (mit-oo-lay'-nay) Short Definition: Mitylene ...
// - 6k

That the Inventors of Other Arts were Mostly Barbarians.
... These things are reported by Scamo of Mitylene, Theophrastus of Ephesus, Cydippus
of Mantinea, also Antiphanes, Aristodemus, and Aristotle; and besides these ...
/.../clement/the stromata or miscellanies/chapter xvi that the inventors of.htm

Paul's Journeys Acts 13:1-38:31
... twenty miles on foot. At Assos Paul joined the company on the ship and
they sailed from Assos to Mitylene. "And we sailed thence ...
/.../sell/bible studies in the life of paul/ii pauls journeys acts 13 1-38 31.htm

S. Andrew of Crete.
... on S. Titus, Apostle of Crete. He died in the island of Hierissus, near
Mitylene, about the year 732. As a poet, his most ambitious ...
/...// of the eastern church/s andrew of crete.htm

Evening Hymn.
... It is, to the scattered hamlets of Chios and Mitylene, what Bishop Ken's Evening
Hymn is to the villages of our own land; and its melody singularly plaintive ...
// of the eastern church/evening hymn.htm

Succession of Philosophers in Greece.
... Of whom four were of Asia"Thales of Miletus, and Bias of Priene, Pittacus of Mitylene,
and Cleobulus of Lindos; and two of Europe, Solon the Athenian, and ...
/.../the stromata or miscellanies/chapter xiv succession of philosophers in.htm

Thales; his Physics and Theology; Founder of Greek Astronomy.
... And he lived about the time of Croesus. Footnotes: [40] [These were: Periander of
Corinth, bc 585; Pittacus of Mitylene, bc 570; Thales of Miletus, bc 548 ...
/.../hippolytus/the refutation of all heresies/chapter i thales his physics and.htm

How Herod Sent his Sons to Rome; How Also He was Accused by ...
... time] sent to succeed Caesar in the government of the countries beyond the Ionian
Sea, upon whom Herod lighted when he was wintering about Mitylene, for he had ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 10 how herod sent.htm

To Cyrus.
... To Cyrus. I had heard of the island of Lesbos, and its cities Mitylene, Methymna,
and the rest; but I was ignorant of the fruit of the vine cultivated in it. ...
/.../theodoret/the ecclesiastical history of theodoret/xiii to cyrus.htm

What Philosophers were Famous when Tarquinius Priscus Reigned Over ...
... the number of years. Pittacus of Mitylene, another of the sages, is reported
to have lived at that time. And Eusebius writes that ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 25 what philosophers were famous.htm

Passing Years
... that his insane wrath had thus found expression he repented, and, like the Athenians
after their atrocious mandate to massacre the people of Mitylene, he sent ...
/.../chapter x passing years.htm

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

purity; cleansing; press

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(mutilated), the chief town of Lesbos, an island of the AEgean Sea, 7 1/2 miles from the opposite point of Asia Minor. The city is situated on the east coast of the island. Mitylene is the intermediate place where St. Paul stopped for the night between Assos and Chios. (Acts 20:14,15) The town itself was celebrated in Roman times for the beauty of its buildings. In St. Paul's day it had the privileges of a free city. (It is now a place of no importance, called Mitelin . It contains about 1100 houses, Greek and Turkish, with narrow and filthy streets. --ED.)

ATS Bible Dictionary

The ancient capital of the island of Lesbos; a seaport on the east side of the island, towards Asia Minor. Paul touched there on his way from Greece to Jerusalem, Acts 20:14. The island is now called Mitelino; and the ruins of the city still exist near Castro.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
The chief city of the island of Lesbos, on its east coast, in the AEgean Sea. Paul, during his third missionary journey, touched at this place on his way from Corinth to Judea (Acts 20:14), and here tarried for a night. It lies between Assos and Chios. It is now under the Turkish rule, and bears the name of Metelin.
Mitylene (1 Occurrence)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. MITYLENE. ... The island, under the leadership
of Mitylene, revolted in 428 BC from the Athenian confederacy. ...
/m/mitylene.htm - 9k

Mityle'ne (1 Occurrence)
Mityle'ne. Mitylene, Mityle'ne. Mitzraim . ... Acts 20:14 and when he met with us
at Assos, having taken him up, we came to Mitylene, (See RSV). ...
/m/mityle'ne.htm - 6k

Assos (2 Occurrences)
... An ancient city of Mysia in the Roman province of Asia, at which, according to Acts
20:13, Paul and Luke rested while on their way from Troas to Mitylene. ...
/a/assos.htm - 10k

Mitre (10 Occurrences)

/m/mitre.htm - 12k

Accordingly (34 Occurrences)
... leave the city. (WEY). Acts 20:14 Accordingly, when he met us at Assos, we
took him on board and came to Mitylene. (WEY). Acts 25:22 ...
/a/accordingly.htm - 17k

Aboard (10 Occurrences)
... to go by land. (WEB RSV NIV). Acts 20:14 When he met us at Assos, we took him
aboard, and came to Mitylene. (WEB NIV). Acts 21:2 Having ...
/a/aboard.htm - 9k

Met (118 Occurrences)
... midnight. (WEY). Acts 20:14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard, and
came to Mitylene. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). ...
/m/met.htm - 37k

Board (47 Occurrences)
... (Root in WEB WEY DBY NAS RSV NIV). Acts 20:14 When he met us at Assos, we took him
aboard, and came to Mitylene. (Root in WEB WEY DBY NAS RSV NIV). ...
/b/board.htm - 23k

Ship (122 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Acts 20:14 And when he came up with
us at Assos, we took him in the ship and went on to Mitylene. (BBE). ...
/s/ship.htm - 36k

Bible Concordance
Mitylene (1 Occurrence)

Acts 20:14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard, and came to Mitylene.




Mitylene: Paul Visits

Related Terms

Mityle'ne (1 Occurrence)

Assos (2 Occurrences)

Mitre (10 Occurrences)

Accordingly (34 Occurrences)

Aboard (10 Occurrences)

Met (118 Occurrences)

Board (47 Occurrences)

Ship (122 Occurrences)

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