Ancient Byblos in Lebanon
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Ancient Byblos

Ancient city of Phoenicia on the Mediterranean Sea 17 miles NNE of Beirut in west Lebanon. Possibly the oldest inhabited town in the area it was occupied in the Neolithic period of 8000 to 4000 BC. During the second millennium BC it traded with Egypt. Byblos became the chief city of Phoenicia after the collapse of the Egyptian New Kingdom but its glory was eclipsed by the rise of Sidon. The ancient town has been extensively excavated. The town was an originator of Phoenician script and gives its name to the Bible .....

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