The three pieces, all excavated during the 1960s and 1970s from the temple of Eshmoun
in the port of Sidon and dating from between the fourth and sixth centuries BC, had been sold to private collectors in the United States.
There are many in different sites around the country, such as Saida's Eshmoun
Temple, [which has] the 'Four Seasons' panel and the mosaic on the staircase which is a representation of a game, or in Jiyeh, Khaldeh, Chhim and Tyre," Samar Karam, regional director of the Directorate General of Antiquities told The Daily Star.
On the seventh day a party of Carthaginian elders bearing a peace offering of olive branches from the sacred Temple of Eshmoun, the Carthaginian god of healing, which sat on the highest point of the Byrsa citadel, came to the Roman general begging that their lives and those of their fellow citizens be spared.
Although the vast majority of its surviving citizenry had surrendered, a rump consisting of Carthage's commander-in-chief, Hasdrubal, his family and 900 Roman deserters--who could expect no mercy from Scipio--were still holed up in the precinct of the Temple of Eshmoun.
Sidon is one of the most important Phoenician cities, and boasts the Phoenician temple site of Eshmoun
just to its north.
36), he may well have thought in terms of Eshmoun
and other Punic divinities as much as of their Roman counterparts.
The cult of Aesculapius probably has some connection with that of Eshmoun
, which played an important role in the Punic city.
Sami Farhat, a member of the Lebanese Association for Heritage and Archeological Studies, revealed that besides the famous Phoenician Eshmoun temple which
Sami Farhat, a member of the Lebanese Association for Heritage and Archeological Studies, revealed that besides the famous Phoenician Eshmoun temple which lies at the northern entrance of Sidon, a temple to the goddess Astarte is located in the southern part of the city.