• Mimbar of the Great Mosque at Damascus
    Mimbar of the Great Mosque at Damascus
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Damascus an ancient city (widely regarded as the world's oldest) and present capital and largest city of Syria; according to the New Testament, the Apostle Paul (then known as Saul) underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus
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Fountain in Court at Damascus Fountain in Court at Damascus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Damascus, Syria is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Civilization can be traced as far back as 2,000 B.C.
    • n Damascus A city of Syria.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Damascus Steel or iron resembling that of a Damascus blade.
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Road to Damascus - If someone has a great and sudden change in their ideas or beliefs, then this is a road to Damascus change, after the conversion of Saint Paul to Christianity while heading to Damascus to persecute Christians.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

The great Damascus blade struck fire from the stone balustrade where he sat a second before.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
But even in the plain of Damascus the land is cultivated for only a few miles beyond the gates of the city.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
From Aleppo the Syrian railway runs south through Damascus to Medina and Mecca in Arabia.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
Steel worked in the Damascus style, showing the wavy lines of the different metals; usually termed watered or twisted.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Many of the inhabitants of Damascus and Safed fled to Beyrout and Acre for refuge.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
And Saul was certain days with the disciples at Damascus.
"The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Various
El Ula, (via Damascus,) May 7, 11:40 P.M., (Dispatches to the Berliner Tageblatt.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
Seetzen left Aleppo in 1805 for Damascus.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The Sultan of Damascus went to war with the Mamelukes, and both parties craved the alliance of the French monarch.
"The Boy Crusaders" by John G. Edgar

In poetry:

Have I this journey come,
And will he not be seen?
I were as well at home,
Would washing make me clean:
Why must I wash in Jordan's flood?
Damascus' rivers are as good.
"Naaman" by John Newton
Let others praise, as fancy wills,
Berlin beneath her trees,
Or Rome upon her seven hills,
Or Venice by her seas;
Stamboul by double tides embraced,
Or green Damascus in the waste.
"Laudabunt Alii" by Sir Henry Newbolt
As Saul, bound for Damascus fair,
Was struck blind by sudden light
So my eyes are pained and dazzled
By a radiance pure and white
Shot back by the burnished armor
Of that glory-belted Knight.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
The mid-day sun, with fiercest glare,
Broods o'er the hazy twinkling air:
Along the level sand
The palm-tree's shade unwavering lies,
Just as thy towers, Damascus, rise
To greet you wearied band.
"The Conversion Of St. Paul" by John Keble
And therefore the road to Damascus was burned
With a swift, sudden brightness;
While Saul, with his face in the bitter dust, learned
Of the sin which he did ere he tumbled, and turned
Aghast at God's whiteness!
"To Damascus" by Henry Kendall
As Saul traveled towards Damascus wall,
A great light shone till it blinded Saul.
He fell to the ground and heard a call,
"Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
"Lord, what shall I do?" he begged. "Tell me!"
Saul now believed in Jesus, you see.
"Saul Is Struck Blind" by Doris Clore Demaree

In news:

On Wednesday, three bombs collapsed walls of the Interior Ministry buildings in Damascus, killing at least five people.
BEIRUT – Syrian state-run television says a bomb has ripped through the third floor of the state TV building in Damascus.
In Syria's civil war, at least 34 people were killed Wednesday when two car bombs ripped through a suburb of Damascus.
Damascus Middle School to host book fair .
Things to do in Happy Valley, Boring , Clackamas, Damascus and Estacada.
Things to do in Happy Valley, Boring , Clackamas, Damascus, Estacada and Sandy.
View full size The Oregonian, 2008 A farmer drives west on Southeast Bohna Park Road in Damascus, an area that could be removed from the urban growth boundary , if voters and Metro agree.
Damascus residents will vote in November on whether to remove part of the city from Metro's urban growth boundary .
In Damascus, Bracing For The Worst.
A Syrian soldier aims his rifle during clashes in the Damascus suburb of Daraya on Sunday.
A recently formed group of rebel fighters in Syria is training volunteers and government defectors for the next battle with army forces in Damascus.
Blast targets Syrian regime building in Damascus.
BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion targeted the Syrian Interior Ministry building Wednesday in the capital, Damascus, state TV said.
An explosion targeted the Syrian Interior Ministry building Wednesday in the capital, Damascus, state TV said.
Rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad have been making inroads in their advance toward Damascus, the seat of the government, in recent weeks.