EKEŁEACʿ, Gk. Akilisēnē, region along the Euphrates in northwest Armenia. Here stood the temple and estate of Anahit at Erēz (see ARZENJĀN). Strabo (11.12.3) describes the site, because of whose fame and prominence the region was known also as Lat. Anaetica, Gk. Anaitis khōra. After Chris-tianization, a necropolis of the patriarchs of the Armenian Church was located in the province, at Tʿil (Semitic l-w, “Hill”), where there had been a shrine of Anāhīd.
See also ARMENIAN RELIGION.
N. Adontz, Armenia in the Period of Justinian, tr. and comm. N. Garsoïn, Lisbon, 1970, index, s.v.
Agathangelos, History, tr. Thompson, pp. 61, 325.
Moses Khorenatsʿi, History of the Armenians, tr. R. W. Thompson, index, s.v. Pauly-Wissowa, I/1, col. 1168.
J. R. Russell, Zoroastianism in Armenia, Watertown, Mass., 1987, Ch. 7.
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