Abstract

The photographs of the ‘Throne of Astarte’ inscription from the Tyrian mainland, published by J.R. Davila and B. Zuckerman, suggest a new reading of the end of its line 1. Instead of a sanctuary, the text refers to the gate of the dedicator's property, placed under the protection of the goddess. The Sidonian obelisk inscription is dedicated to the god Shalāmān by a high official, whose title seems to refer to the Phoenician area to the south of the Nahr el-Kebīr. It qualifies him as the prefect or sub-prefect of the province Beyond-Safita, which is the name of an important strategic site north of the river.

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