“A maritime province in the south-east of Asia Minor. Tarsus, the” “birth-place of Paul, was one of its chief towns, and the seat of” a celebrated school of philosophy. Its luxurious climate attracted to it many Greek residents after its incorporation “with the Macedonian empire. It was formed into a Roman province,” B.C. 67. The Jews of Cilicia had a synagogue at Jerusalem (Acts 6:9). Paul visited it soon after his conversion (Gal. 1:21; Acts “9:30), and again, on his second missionary journey (15:41), “he” “went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.” It was” “famous for its goat’s-hair cloth, called cilicium. Paul learned” in his youth the trade of making tents of this cloth.
Definition of Cilicia: “which rolls or overturns”