, “Hollow Syria”). The
name given to the great valley between the two ranges of Mount Lebanon (Libanus and
Anti-Libanus), in the south of Syria, bordering upon Phœnicia on the west and
Palestine on the south. In the wars between the Ptolemies and the Seleucidae, the name was
applied to the whole of the southern portion of Syria, which became subject for some time to
the kings of Egypt.