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Ancient Ramitha (Latakia) [Laodicea]

Latakia is the main sea-port of Syria on the Mediterranean. It is situated on a promontory that projects into the Mediterranean Sea. It was known to the Phoenicians as Ramitha. Ancient Ramitha replaced the earlier settlement of Ugarit to the north which was destroyed in the 12th century BC. Latakia only came to prominence in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquest when it was transformed into a major city of the Seleucid empire. It developed into an important port and became the main supplier of wine to the Hellenistic period. The town was briefly declared capital of Syria in the late second century AD by Septimius Severus ...

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