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.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Capital, on S.E. side, of the island Lesbos, now Mitylen. Beautiful in situation ("pulchra ", Horace Ep. 1:11, 17, with mountains in the background) and in buildings, and enjoying the Roman citizenship. Paul stopped at it for the night in his return from his third missionary journey; between Assos and Chios. The wind blew probably from N.W., from which the harbor of Mitylene would shelter the ship. He was there on a dark moonless night; a good reason for passing the night there, and waiting daylight for the intricate passages southward to Chios and Samos (Acts 20:14-15). The native land of the poets Sappho and Alcaeus, and Arion the musician.
People's Dictionary of the Bible
Mitylene (mĭt-y-lç'ne), hornless. The chief town and capital of the isle of Lesbos. Acts 20:14-15. In Paul's day it had the privileges of a free city.
Holman Bible Dictionary
(miht ih lee' nih) Place name meaning, “Purity.” Chief city of the Aegean island of Lesbos southeast of Asia Minor. Paul stopped at Mitylene on his return trip to Syria from Achaia as part of his third missionary journey (Acts 20:14 ).
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
MITYLENE was the chief town of Lesbos on its E. coast, subsequently giving its name to the whole island. It was one of the early Ãolian colonies, and one of the earliest homes of Greek lyric poetry the birthplace of Sappho and AlcÃ¦ns. It attained great naval power, and founded colonies such as Sigeum and Assos. It took a prominent part in the Ionian revolt, but helped Xerxes against Greece. It joined the Athenian alliance, but revolted in b.c. 428 and was nearly annihilated. After opposing Rome in the Mithradatic War, it was made a free city. It has belonged to the Turks since a.d. 1462. Its mention in Acts 20:14 is merely incidental, St. Paul’s ship spent a night there.
A. E. Hillard.
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament
Mitylene, or-according to the usual spelling in classical writings and on coins-Mytilene, was the chief town in the island of Lesbos, lying on the S.E. coast, about 12 miles from the mainland of Asia Minor. Built on a peninsula which had once been an island, it had two excellent harbours, the northern for merchantmen, the southern for triremes.
Horace calls it ‘Mitylene pulchra’ (Ep. i. xi. 17), and Cicero praises it as ‘urbs et natura de situ et descriptione aediflciorum et pulchritudine, in primis nobilis’ (Leg. Agr. ii. 41). Mitylene was the home of Alcaeus and of Sappho, ‘an extraordinary person (θαυμαστόν τι χρῆμα), for at no period within memory has any woman been known at all to be compared to her in poetry’ (Strabo, xiii. ii. 3). For its old renown the Romans left the city free-‘libera Mitylene’ (Pliny, v. 39).
Mitylene is mentioned only incidentally in Acts (20:14). The ship in which St. Paul sailed from Assos to Patara in the month of April lay over-night either in the northern harbour of Mitylene (which Strabo mentions as μέγας καὶ βαθύς [XIII. ii. 2]), or else in the roadstead outside. Mitylene was about 30 miles S. from Assos-an easy day’s sail. It was contrary to the general practice to sail at night in the aegean, where, throughout the summer season, the N. wind commonly blows fresh in the morning and dies away towards evening. In later Christian times the whole island of Lesbos came to be called Mitylene. The Turks, who captured it in a.d. 1462, have corrupted its name into Midüllü.
Literature.-Conybeare-Howson, Life and Epistles of St. Paul, new ed., London, 1877, ii. 261; H. F. Tozer, The Islands of the aegean, Oxford, 1890, p. 134 f.; W. M. Ramsay, St. Paul the Traveller and the Roman Citizen, London, 1895, p. 291 ff.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
Capital city of Lesbos, an island in the AEgean Sea. Acts 20:14 . The island and the city are both now called Mitylene: 39 7' N, 26 30' E .
Hitchcock's Bible Names
Purity; cleansing; press
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary
The place where Paul passed in his way from Corinth to Jerusalem. (See Acts 20:14) According to the Greek, the name means cleanliness.
American Tract Society 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.
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to Samos, Acts 20:15
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, and thence to Byzantium’ (Ant
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that he began to teach philosophy, and at Lamp-sacus his position as the head of a school was recognized
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, Chios, Samos and Trogyllium, they arrived at Miletus