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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Qanawat (Arabic: ), the
ancient Roman city of Canatha (also Kanatha), is a village in
Syria, located 7 km north-east of As Suwayda. It stands at a height
of about 1,200 m, near a river and surrounded by woods. The town is
mentioned for the first time in the reign of Herod the Great (1st
century BC), when Arab force of the Nabataeans defeated here the
Jewish forces. The two powers contended it until it Helios Temple.
Canatha then became a city of the Decapolis, a federation of cities
enjoying some relic of autonomy within the in Roman Palestine. In
the 1st century AD it was annexed to roman province of Syria;
later, rechristened as Septimia Canatha, it was part of the
province of Arabia. A center of Christianism propagation in the
area, Canatha was captured by the Muslim Arabs in 637, declining in
importance until, in the 9th century, it had reduced to a poor
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