). A very ancient city of Canaan, in the
beautiful valley of Siddim, closely connected with Gomorrha, over which and the other three
“cities of the plain” the king of Sodom seems to have had a sort of
supremacy. In the book of Genesis we find these cities as subject, in the time of Abraham, to
the king of Elam and his allies (an indication of the early supremacy in western Asia of the
masters of the Tigris and Euphrates Valley), and their attempt to cast off the yoke was the
occasion of the first war recorded in history (Gen. xiv).