Baaltis

Baaltis, or Beltis, was, according to Philo Byblius, the daughter of Uranus and the sister of Ashtoreth or Astarte.4 II made her one of his many wives, and put the city of Byblus, which he had founded, under her special protection.5 It is doubtful, however, whether she was really viewed by the Phoenicians as a separate goddess, and not rather as Ashtoreth under another name. The word is the equivalent of ^V3, ’ my lady,’ a very suitable title for the supreme goddess. Beltis, indeed, in Babylonia, was distinct from Ishtar ; c but this fact must not be regarded as any sufficient proof that the case was the same in Phoenicia. The Phoenician polytheism was decidedly more restricted than the Babylonian, and did not greatly affect the needless multiplication of divinities. Baaltis in Phoenicia may be the Beltis of Babylon imported at a comparatively late date into the country, but is more probably an alternative name, or rathar, perhaps, a mere honorary title of Ashtoreth.7

Baaltis

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