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Tarsus is a city in south-central Turkey, 12 miles inland from the Meditteranean Sea. It is the 4th largest metropolitan area in the country with a population around 4 million.

An ancient city, the history of Tarsus dates back over 4,000 years.

It was a famed stop on the ancient trading route, the place of one of the first meetings of Marc Antony and Cleopatra, and the birthplace of Paul the Apostle.




People Born in Tarsus

Paul the Apostle



Tarsus in People's Lives

Julius Caesar: I visited this city in May of 47 BC, while on my way to Amasya. Here, I was celebrated and welcomed with enthusiastic support. However, underneath the cheers lay an assassination plot, and a planned attempt to kill me, though it was never carried out. 

Marc Antony: While ruling over the Greek colonies of the Roman Empire, which at the time included Egypt, I decided that I needed to secure my diplomatic relationship with that country's queen, Cleopatra. I asked her to meet me in this city in 41 BC, and traveled here from Ephesus. I did not know, at the time, that my life was about to change dramatically. Cleopatra invited me onto one of her luxurious royal barges, where we had a diplomatic banquet. I had met her years ago as a 14 year old girl, and even then had been struck by her. Now, I was fascinated. While in this city, I fell in love, and became a character in one of the greatest love stories of all time. Shortly afterward, I sailed back to Alexandria with Cleopatra.

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