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Byblos is a book that refreshes our memory about this thousand-year-old city with its feet in the water. Written by Jamil Jabre, a fine scholar with a discreet erudition, this book , pleasant to read, nicely edited, decorated with beautiful photos, casts all the light on a city and a region that will be the cradle of culture and civilization. Curiously enough, there are still no objective and exhaustive studies concerning the "creation" of Byblos 7,000 years ago, and especially tracing its evolution through the centuries until today. The town is still inhabited thanks to its stone houses, enhanced by a temple and guarded by walls, it was the "religious" capital of Phoenicia as well as an important and notorious port for the construction of ships. A commercial centre of primary importance, Byblos is also, through Unesco, a humanitarian centre thanks to the Institute of Man. Geographically, Byblos is the oldest city facing the sea and was known for agriculture and cattle breeding. The pagan religious notion of Byblos is of agrarian origin and oriented towards the forces of growth, multiplication and the victory of life over death. From the discovery of the tomb of Ahiram to the first letters of the alphabet, Byblos undoubtedly remains a beacon of knowledge for humanity. History has marked it with its claws and the domination of the Assyrians, passing through Persian, Greek, Roman, Christian, Byzantine, Arab and Crusader eras, and finally the Mamelukes. Byblos has triumphed over all setbacks and keeps, beyond time and currents, an eternal radiant force.

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