Places of Section 9

Ascalon, Gaza, Negev, Sinai

103. Ascalon - (Askalon)

The city is shown walled. In the extant fragment we face the inner side of the eastern gate flanked by two towers and surmounted by a window. A broad square surrounded by porticoes lies in front of the gate; in its centre is a smaller portico behind which is visible a rectangular pool, divided into three compartments. North-west of the pool stands a triumphal arch. It stands at a crossing of several other colonnaded streets. On the south a square colonnaded court runs parallel to the street; it seems to surround some building of importance.


Ascalon (Jos 13:3), a famous city of Palestine. This too was once one of the five satrapies of the Philistines, and was allotted to the tribe of Judah but never actually came into its hands, for (the tribe) could never conquer the Philistines who inhabited it. (Eusebius, Onomasticon 22:15-18; Jerome 23:17-20)

Map Section 9 Ancient Sources Discussion


Photo: The ancient walls of Ascalon, seen from the air, make a giant, impressive semicircle.

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