|Author||Frederick Carl Eiselen Pu|
|Publication Date||June 18, 2012|
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Note The Meditorranean Sea is the natural meeting place of the various influences that have proceeded from three e( ntinents. The life of those cities that have taken a prominent part in developing the coimtries on its littoral must always I kof interest to the student of history. Kach city mirrors not only the general influ( nces that were at work, but adds thereto its s|K cial (juota of |H culiar force. The role played by the Pluenicians, during the generations of their power and influcnce, iis mediators betwec nconflicting interests gives to tluir history a certain attraction. One of the chief centres of their power wa.s the city of Sidon, jind in thc presiuit vohune of the Columbia University Oriental S( ries, Dr. F. C. Kiselen has studied the history of that city from the earliest times down to iw present day. For this purpose he has gath(T(M ltogether the various references to I kfound regarding Sidon upon Assyrian and IC gyptian monuments, inH ebrew literature, in the classical authors, in the records of pilgrims and in the historical works of Mohammedan writers. On account of the nature of the sources, his account of the life of the city must at timers I hdisconnected. Future excavations will imdoubtcdly enrich our knowledge in regard to Sidon, and tlu discovery of ancient documents writt( nby mM ghboring |HM)pl(s will fill up many of the gaps. As far ih our knowledge reach(s at pres( ,nt, Dr. lO iselen luu carefully brought together all that is to 1k found, and has laid down the general lines of dcvelopincnt along which the city pass d. first to its glory and then to its decline. HicirA m) (J oTT irK iL. A pril. HK)7.
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