Melkarth

Melkarth

 

(also Melkart, Melqart), a god in Phoenician religion and mythology; the patron of Tyre and of navigation. Melkarth was identified with the Greek hero Heracles. The cult of Melkarth required human sacrifices.

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It, in turn, recounts a Carthaginian version of the Argonaut expedition ("Elle disait l'ascension des montagnes d'Ersiphonie, le voyage a Tartessus, et la guerre contre Masisabal pour venger la reine des serpents" [30]), and alludes, more specifically, to the story of Perseus and Medusa ("Puis Salammbo, sans s'arreter, raconta comment Melkarth, apres avoir vaincu Masisabal, mit a la proue du navire sa tete coupee" [31]).
In Tyre, the local Baal was known as Melkarth. The worship of Baalim was firmly established in Canaan at the time of the Israelites ' entry.