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Κοίλη Συρία, “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.

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