Arsur overview
Other name(s) Arsuf, Apollonia
Region Levant
Section Southern Levant
Latitude 32.19512453 N suggest info
Longitude 34.80721338 E
Status Accurate location
Info The town was settled by Phoenicians in the 6th or 5th century BC, and named Arshuf after Resheph, the Canaanite god of fertility and the underworld. It was then a part of the Persian Empire and governed from Sidon. Phoenicians of Arshuf produced precious purple dye, derived from murex mollusks, which they exported to the Aegean.

During the Hellenistic period it was an anchorage town, ruled by Seleucids and re-named Apollonia, as the Greeks identified Reshef with Apollo.

Under Roman rule, the size of the town increased. It was an important settlement between Jaffa and Caesarea along Via Maris, the coastal road. In 113 AD, Apollonia was destroyed partially by an earthquake, but recovered quickly. The harbor was built, and trade with Italy and North Africa developed.
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32.195125, 34.807213 === 32.195125 N, 34.807213 E === 32° 11' 42.4" N, 34° 48' 26.0" E
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Nearest sites Tell Qasile, circa 10.4 km (6.5 mi) south
Tell Jerishe, Tel Gerisa, Napoleon's Hill, circa 11.5 km (7.1 mi) south
Joppa, Yapu, Japho, Jaffa, circa 16.5 km (10.3 mi) south
Bene-berak, Ibn Ibraq, circa 17.7 km (11 mi) south
Aphek, Antipatris, Tell Afik, circa 15.5 km (9.6 mi) south-east
Lydda, Diospolis, Lod, circa 30.6 km (19 mi) south
Caesarea maritima, circa 35 km (21.7 mi) north
Yavneh Yam, circa 31.5 km (19.6 mi) south
Gezer, circa 38.8 km (24.1 mi) south
Asdudimmu, circa 43.7 km (27.2 mi) south
Nikopolis, Latrun, circa 44.5 km (27.7 mi) south
Ekron, Tel Miqne, circa 46.5 km (28.9 mi) south
Timnah, Tel Batash, circa 46.7 km (29 mi) south
Dor, D-jr, Dora, circa 48 km (29.8 mi) north
Aijalon, Aialon, circa 44.6 km (27.7 mi) south-east
Zorah, Sar'a, circa 49.6 km (30.8 mi) south-east
Samaria, circa 37.2 km (23.1 mi) east
Ashdod, Asdudu, circa 50.7 km (31.5 mi) south
Manoah Altar, circa 50.1 km (31.2 mi) south-east
Bet Shemesh, house of Shamash, circa 51.8 km (32.2 mi) south
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Database ID 6663, created 7 Apr 2012, 18:24, Last changed 8 Apr 2012, 03:30