Exhibition Byblos - The world's oldest port city
Large exhibition in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden about 'Byblos, the world's oldest port city.
The rich history of Byblos, located at the coast of current-day Lebanon, starts around 6500 before Christ with a little fisher village that developed into a prosperous city. Around 3000 BC, Byblos played an important roll in the Mediterranean and the Middle East as it traded cederwood, and was the first international city port of the world with. The Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, all left their traces in Byblos.
This exhibition presents around 600 high-quality pieces from the National Museum of Beirut, the Louvre, and the British Musuem, among others. The collection ranges from simple fishhooks, ankers, and clay pellets to golden weapons, to juwelry made from colorful gems, to a Romanian mozaik and a bronze statue of Herakles. The main themes are: kings, mythological heroes, traders and fortune hunters that traveled to, and lived in Byblos.