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Ešmūn
(78 words)

[German version]

Old Phoenician deity, probably a  healing deity (> šmn, ‘Oil’), interpreted by the Greeks as  Asclepius and also as  Apollo. An important sanctuary of the cult of Esmun, which was widespread around the Mediterranean, was situated near Ṣidon (Bustān aš-Šaiḫ). In Tyrus, Esmun was associated with  Melqart.

Bibliography

1 E. Lipiński, s.v. E., DCPP, 158-160

2 R. Stucky, Die Skulpturen aus dem E.-Heiligtum bei Sidon: griech., röm., kypr. und phönik. Statuen vom 6. Jh. v.-3. Jh. n. Chr., 1993.

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Müller-Kessler, Christa (Emskirchen), “Ešmūn”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e402560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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