No. 64 View of the Great Columns, and Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek. Photographed and Published by Frank M. Good, London (paper label on back of mount). Early square cornered mount. The ancient city of Baalbek (now part of Lebanon), located 35 miles NW of Damascus, was originally dedicated to the worship of Baal, the Phoenician sun god. No traces of the early Phoenician settlement have survived. The Greeks called the city Heliopolis (city of the sun). It became very prominent in Roman times and was made a separate colony by Augustus. Both Greek and Roman architects employed their genius on Baalbek's buildings. Among the most imposing Roman remains are the temple of Bacchus and the temple of Jupiter. The city was sacked by invaders and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1759. About VG+ to Exc- condition. Vsl;t to slt edgewear, vslt to slt dirty, rich tones.
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