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North of Beirut on the Mediterranean coast port city (Arabic Djebeil or Gebal, Assyrian Gubla) in today's Lebanon, In ancient times it was one of the numerous Phoenician City-states. It is believed that it is at least 7,000 years old, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities. After excavations there must have been a winegrowing culture here 5,000 years ago (see also under Mesopotamia ). The Byblos wines were once very popular. The Greek poet Hesiod (~ 750-680 BC) liked to drink a "Bibliner" in his own words. See also under Ancient wines and Ancient grape varieties,

Phenicia - Map / Temple of the Obelisks 1900 to 1600 BC Chr.

Left picture : Von Kordas , based on Alvaro 's work - This map , CC BY 3.0 , Link
Right : Von Heretiq - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 , Link

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