Agora 8

This article introduces the reader to Lebanon and to this theme issue of Agora.

Sites Visited on the Excursion and a Little Something about Them
There are many places to visit in Lebanon, but only a handful will be investigated further in the articles below. This is a short overview of all the different sites that were visited by students and scholars on a study trip in the spring of 2011.

Cultural Background
Four articles concerning general topics help to gain a wider understanding of a part of Lebanon’s cultural background. Read about burial practices through the ages, Hellenistic and Roman sarcophagi production as well as Hellenistic cities and the monk Maron.

The Bekaa Valley
The umayyad city of ʿAnjar, the sanctuary site of Hosn Niha and the history and temples of Baalbek will be examined further in this section.

The Lebanon Mountains
The mountains of Lebanon hides various archaeological sites. Two articles are concerned with two of these sites, namely Qalaat Faqra and Deir el-Qalaa.

The Mediterranean Coast
On the coast, Tyre played an important role throughout the history of Lebanon. Tyre’s history, monuments and necropoleis are in this section subjected to scrutiny.