Geographical sites:

  • Beirut (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #678060)
    Pleiades_icon Berytus/Laodikeia en te Phoinike/Col. Iulia Augusta Felix settlement Geocontext: Beirut LEB
    Description: An ancient Phoenician city in what is now Lebanon, the modern Beirut.


Text #140

Theophanes the Confessor. Chronicle
[p. 65]

347-348 AD: In this year most of the city of Berytos in Phoenicia collapsed during a severe earthquake. As a result, many pagans entered the Church professing to be Christians just like us. Thereupon some of them introduced an innovation and went forth after robbing, as it were, the Church of her usages. They appointed a place of prayer and received the throng into it, imitating all the customs of the Church and becoming very close to us (just as the heresy of the Samaritans [is close] to the Jews), while still living in the pagan fashion.

Text #8858

Editorial comment by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

Earthquake in Levant derived from Dead Sea lake-bed cores dated to 349.

See: Migowski & Agnon & Bookman & Negendank & Stein. "Recurrence Pattern of Holocene Earthquakes along the Dead Sea Transform Revealed by Varve-Counting and Radiocarbon Dating of Lacustrine Sediments". Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Vol. 222

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