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ORATHA (Ὄραθα), a city described by Stephanus B. (s. v.), as in the district of Mesene, on the Tigris. As he does not state in which Mesene he supposes it to have been, it is impossible now to identify it. Some commentators have supposed that it is the same as “Ur of the Chaldees.” It is, however, more likely that it is “Ur castellum Persarum” (Amm. Marc. 25.8), now believed to be represented by the ruins of Al-Hathrr; or, perhaps, the Ura of Pliny (5.24. s. 21).


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 5.24
    • Ammianus Marcellinus, Rerum Gestarum, 25.8
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