A city in Asia Minor not far from Laodicea, which had come to exceed it in wealth and importance. There was a big Jewish population in the 1st cent., but the greater part was Greek, and Greek was the predominant language. There was a flourishing trade in wool, and possibly Christians enjoyed an affluence similar to their neighbours in greater Laodicea (Rev. 3:17 ff.). Roman religion did not extirpate the old Phrygian cults and the mother goddess of fertility had her home in neighbouring Hierapolis. The impression is of a lively and fairly tolerant community in which there were mixed Jewish–Gentile marriages and the dilution of strict Jewish worship with elements of Hellenistic paganism. (The English ‘colossal’ suggests that our ancestors many generations ago regarded Colossae as larger than life.) Archaeological remains of the city are scanty.

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  • Colossae — [kə läs′ē] city in ancient Phrygia, SW Asia Minor (fl. 5th cent. B.C. ): cf. COLOSSIANS Colossian [kəläsh′ən] adj., n …   English World dictionary

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  • Colossae — Kolossai (altgriechisch Κολοσσαί, latein. Namensform: Colossae) war in der Antike eine Stadt in der kleinasiatischen Landschaft Phrygien. Der Ort liegt 4 km nördlich von Honaz (Chonai), 20km östlich von Denizli. Kolossai liegt im oberen Lykostal… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Colossae — geographical name ancient city SW central Asia Minor in SW Phrygia • Colossian adjective or noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Colossae — /keuh los ee/, n. an ancient city in SW Phrygia: seat of an early Christian church to which Paul wrote the Epistle to the Colossians. * * * …   Universalium

  • Colossae —    Or Colosse, a city of Phrygia, on the Lycus, which is a tributary of the Maeander. It was about 12 miles above Laodicea, and near the great road from Ephesus to the Euphrates, and was consequently of some mercantile importance. It does not… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Colossae — n. Colosse, ancient city in Phrygia (in Asia Minor) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Colossae — Co•los•sae [[t]kəˈlɒs i[/t]] n. rel an ancient city in SW Phrygia Co•los′sian ˈlɒʃ ən adj. n …   From formal English to slang

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