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Lycia meaning

Λυκια
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🔼The name Lycia in the Bible

The name Lycia belongs to an area in Anatolia (modern Turkey), namely the bulbous section that protrudes from of the southern coast approximately in between Crete and Cyprus.

The name Lycia had been in use since the second millennium BC and Lycia was made a Roman province by Caesar Claudius and joined with Pamphylia under Vespasian.

Lycia is mentioned only once in the Bible. After Felix and Agrippa had put Paul on transport to Rome, he first boarded an Adramyttian ship to Myra in Lycia (Acts 27:5), and in Myra he boarded an Alexandrian ship headed for Italy. That ship would famously beach at Malta.

🔼Etymology of the name Lycia

The name Lycia is very old and its formal etymology is obscure, but probably has to do with the Lukka Lands, which are mentioned frequently in Hittite records. But the survival of this name was probably helped along by its similarity to the Greek noun λυκος (lukos), meaning wolf:

🔼Lycia meaning

What the name Lycia may have originally meant is no longer clear, but to the Greeks it sounded like Wolf-Land.

Note that Gaius Caesar died in Lycia, from battle wounds at age 24. He would have succeeded Caesar Augustus and was replaced by Tiberius. The later governor of Syria, Quirinius, was Gaius' rector until his death.

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