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    Northern Levant Not Known as Syria Until Island of Tyre Suriya Tsour Became Base of Phoenicians

    Assyria and Syria are often confused, however, Assyria (upper Tigris) was named for Ashur, a son of Shem, while the name Syria came a thousand years later when the Ice Age had ended, when what had been a stoney hill on the coastal plain became a nearshore island, the base of Phoenician adventures thenceforth, the Tyrians of Tyre, Syrians. Phoenix who helped bring the alphabet to the Mediterranean nations became the namesake then of whom had been called Sidonians, of Sidon a son of Canaan.


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