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(Aramaic mlkbl, ‘messenger of Bel’). Palmyrene god, depicted or referred to in various forms and together with a changing array of other gods in Palmyra and the Roman empire (Rome [3], Dacia [8], north Africa [4]).

In Palmyra M. was worshipped with Aglibol in the so-called ‘sacred garden’, a temple known through inscriptions (e.g. [6. no. 0197, 0314]), tesserae [7. 155-161] and a relief [2. pl. 4,1]. The latter, the so-called Dexiosis relief of the ‘sacred brothers’ in which the two gods join hands, is also found in…

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Kaizer, Ted (Oxford), “Malachbelus”, 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 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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