Emmaus is a town in Judea or Judah. Also known as Hamthan, which means "hot springs". Cleopas and another disciple met the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Evacuations at the site found the ruins of a basilical mono-apsidal church built on the foundations of a more ancient house, indentified as the house of Cleopas. Judas Maccabee won a great victory over the Seleucid army of Gorgias and Nicanor near Emmaus in 166 BC.