Place Name SYRIA

TYPE: Country & Region
OTHER SCRIPTS: Συρια (Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

From Greek Συρια (Syria), which was probably a variant of ASSYRIA, used in an expanded sense to refer to the northern Levant. This was the name of a province of the Roman Empire. It is now the name of a country in western Asia, having gained independence from the Ottoman Empire early in the 20th century.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Ashur, Ashurayu (Akkadian), Ashur, Suriya (Arabic), Assyrie, Syrie (French), Syrien (German), Suryah (Hebrew), Assiria, Siria (Italian), Ashur (Persian), Siria (Spanish), Suriye (Turkish)
Entry added July 11, 2018