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Danaba

A titular see of Phoenicia Secunda

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Danaba, a titular see of Phoenicia Secunda. Danaba is mentioned by Ptolemy (V, xv, 24) as a town in the territory of Palmyra. According to Peutinger’s table (where it is called Danova) it was a Roman military station between Damascus and Palmyra, twenty miles from Nezala. Danaba figures in an Antiochene “Notitia episcopatuum” of the sixth century as a suffragan of Damascus, and remained so till perhaps the tenth century. (See Vailhe in “Ethos d’Orient”, X, 90 sqq. and 139 sqq.) Only two bishops are known: Theodore, who attended the Council of Chalcedon in 451, and subscribed the letter of the bishops of the province to Emperor Leo I in 458, and Eulogius, present at the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 (Lequien, Or. Christ., III, 847). Today Danaba is probably represented by Hafer, a village five miles southeast of Sadad, in the vilayet of Damascus. About 300 Jacobite Syrians live there, most of whom have recently been converted to Catholicism (Jullien, Sinai et Syrie, Lille, 1893, 199).

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