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Peraea(pērē`ə), in Roman times, the area E of the Jordan River, between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, and S of the DecapolisDecapolis
[Gr.,=ten cities], confederacy of 10 ancient cities, all E of the Jordan, except Scythopolis. The others were (according to Pliny) Dion, Pella, Gadara, Hippos, Gerasa, Philadelphia, Damascus, Raphana, and Kanatha.
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a region of ancient Palestine, east of the River Jordan and the Dead Sea
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