The PM put his initials to the petition format following a briefing by Melqart
Khouri head of the "Shaml" anti-capital punishment campaign in Lebanon.
It contained coins with the Punic inscription for Icosium and the effigy of a man who could have been Melqart
, a Phoenician god.
is implied in the theophore name hnmlk, which belongs to the deceased and is depicted on one of the alabaster jars used as a cinerary urn in Almunecar (Lipinski 1984: 126-7).
FURIOUS that the inhabitants of the city of Tyre in Phoenicia had banned him from the island's Temple of Melqart
to make a sacrifice, this most celebrated conqueror of the ancient world declared war on the island.
Then he turns to a series of insightful and circumspect discussions of the data on the various relevant gods: Ugaritic Baal (chapter 2); Tyrian Melqart
(chapter 3); Greek and Byblian Adonis (chapter 4); Sidonian Eshmun (chapter 5); Egyptian Osiris (chapter 6); and Mesopotamian Dumuzi/Tammuz (chapter 7).
Ciafaloni offers ten examples of iconological exegesis of iconographic themes: (1) the tree of life, (2) the papyrus barque, (3) two young men fa cing a papyrus plant, (4) the falcon-headed sphinx, (5) the winged sphinx, (6) the cow suckling her calf, (7) the woman at the window, (8) Baal Hammon [spelled with double m in the text], (9) Melqart
, and (10) Astarte.