Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie 11 : Mont Hermon (Liban et Syrie)

Abstract : The Mount Hermon (Jabal esh-Sheikh), 2814 m high, raises its impressive limestone range between the Mediterranean coast and the Syrian steppe. An ambiguous reputation for wildness and holiness hangs on its snowy-capped peak since antiquity. “One says that there is on its summit a famous temple used by the pagans for their cult, facing Paneas and the Lebanon”, as Saint Jerome noticed at the dawn of the triumph of the Christian fate. Following the example of the Church Father, the European travellers and scholars who have climbed the slopes of the mountain since the nineteenth century were seeking biblical souvenirs. Yet, they discovered many pagan sanctuaries of the Roman period on their way. They collected Greek and Latin inscriptions too, which mention not only holy places, but also villages in the region. These texts are an invaluable source of information on the local communities who settled at high altitude, on the margins of the civic territories of Sidon, Damascus and Caesarea-Paneas, during the first three centuries of the Christian era. Resulting from epigraphic surveys on the Lebanese and Syrian sides of the mountain, the eleventh volume of the Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie series (IGLS) collects this documentation for the first time, and adds many unpublished texts to it, opening the way for the study of the society and the cults of Mount Hermon under the Roman Empire.
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Julien Aliquot. Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie 11 : Mont Hermon (Liban et Syrie). Presses de l'Ifpo. ⟨Presses de l'Ifpo⟩, pp.172, 2008, Bibliothèque archéologique et historique, 978-2-35159-079-9. ⟨halshs-00349215⟩



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