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Sanctuaries And Villages On Mt Hermon During The Roman Period

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The area called ?Lebanon? in Antiquity did not only include Mt Lebanon, that is the range in the hinterland of the Phoenician coastal cities, but also the parallel range of the Antilebanon with its southern extension, Jabal esh-Sheikh or Mt Hermon. This chapter outlines the social dimensions of religious life on a local scale, by dealing with the sanctuaries and villages on Mt Hermon during the Roman period. The cults worshipped in the Hermonian sanctuaries are imperfectly known: first, in most cases there is insufficient evidence to come to any proper conclusion; second, the gods remained anonymous as frequently on Mt Hermon as in all Syria. As in many regions of the Roman Near East, the documentation provides two series of settlements, some revealed by archaeology, others known by the written sources.

Keywords: Lebanon; Mt Hermon; Roman Near East; Roman Period; sanctuaries; Syria; villages



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