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History of Tripoli

The Hellenistic Period (312/311 - 64 BCE)

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Major Events

333 BCE: Alexander the Great in Phoenicia following victory over Persian king at Issus, arsenals of Tripolis harbor burned down.

323 BCE: Alexander's death and break-up of his empire into three parts: Macedon, Egypt (ruled by the Ptolemies), and the Seleucid Empire. Struggle between the Ptolemies of Egypt and the Seleucid kings of Antioch; Tripolis passed back and forth between the two powers.


Some of the excavation work that was conducted in Hosh El-Abeed District. A historical cemetry dating back tp the first century B.C. was uncovered.

Legal Status

Under the Deleucids Tripoli gained the right to mint its own coins (112 B.C.); it was granted autonomy between 104 and 105 (kept it until 64 B.C.).


A closer view of a grave uncovered by the excavation works conducted in the Abeed district.

Economy and Dominant Function

Center of shipbuilding and cedar timber trade (like other Phoenician cities).

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