Troas was a city of Mysia, a region of northwest Asia Minor (today, Turkey). Reportedly founded by Antigonus, one of the successors of Alexander the Great (see Ancient Empires - Greece and Alexander The Great In Prophecy), it was named after the famous ancient Greek city of Troy which was located a few miles to the north. Later, when Rome began its prophesied (i.e. see Daniel's Statue) rise to world power (see also Ancient Empires - Rome) Roman emperor Caesar Augustus (who is best known to students of the Bible for his ordering the census that resulted in Jesus Christ being born in Bethlehem, i.e. Luke 2:1) transformed Troas into a Roman colony where it served as an important seaport for those traveling on The Aegean Sea between Asia Minor and Macedonia. The apostle Paul was in Troas a number of times during his first and second missionary journeys (see Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey)

Troas In Bible History

It was from Troas (which is in Asia) that "the Spirit of Jesus" and a vision from a man in Macedonia directed Paul to take the Gospel across the Aegean Sea to Europe (i.e. Macedonia is in Europe):

Paul passed through Troas on the return voyage of his third missionary journey:

Paul mentioned his visits to Troas in his Epistles, including to the Corinthians (see Corinth) and to Timothy:

Fact Finder: What was the name of the young man of Troas who was killed after falling from a upper-floor window in Troas? What did the apostle Paul do, by means of the Holy Spirit, for the young man who was killed?
Acts 20:5-12

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This Day In History, September 11

1297: The Scots under William Wallace battled a large English force under the Earl of Surrey at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

1541: Jacques Cartier reached Lachine rapids above Montreal on his third voyage to Canada.

1609: Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan island.

1709: An Anglo-Dutch-Austrian force led by the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy won a costly victory over the French in the Battle of Malplaquet, the last great battle of the War of the Spanish Succession.

1712: French astronomer (of Italian origin) Giovanni Cassini died at age 87. He made numerous discoveries, including 4 moons of Saturn, the existence of divisions in the rings of Saturn, and the rotational period (the length of its "day") of Mars.

1777: The Battle of Brandywine during the American Revolutionary War. American troops under George Washington, British troops under William Howe, battled in Pennsylvania.

1922: "Palestine" (today, Israel) and Trans-Jordan ("across the Jordan," today occupied by the Kingdom of Jordan), came under British control as one of the major after-effects of the First World War (see United States, Britain and Israel).

1971: Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77. He led the Soviet Union through the height of the Cold War with the United States. He began to lose political power after losing the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 during which President John F. Kennedy imposed a naval blockade on the island and put all American nuclear forces on their highest alert. Many historians consider the crisis to be the closest the world came to nuclear warfare.

1974: Haile Selassie was deposed as king of Ethiopia.

1997: Scottish voters strongly approved (74.2%) plans to establish a separate Scottish parliament apart from the British parliament, 290 years after the Act of Union with England in 1707.

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