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Kiboreia is a location that is known from a Greek inscription taken from a large temple at Deir El Aachayer on the northern slopes of Mount Hermon in Lebanon.[1][2][3][4]

The inscription was found noting that a bench was installed "in the year 242, under Beeliabos, also called Diototos, son of Abedanos, high priest of the gods of Kiboreia". Julien Alquot argued that the bench had liturgical uses as a mobile throne.[5] The era of the gods of Kiboreia is not certain, as is their location which is not conclusively to be identified with Deir El Aachayer, but was possibly the Roman sanctuary or the name of a settlement in the area.[6] It has been suggested that the name Kiboreia was formed from the Aramaic word kbr, meaning a "place of great abundance".[5]


  1. Jalabert, L., "Inscriptions grecques et latines de Syrie (deuxième série)" in Mélanges de la Faculté Orientale de Beyrouth 2, p.265-320, 1907.
  2. Ted Kaizer (2008). The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near East In the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. BRILL. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-90-04-16735-3. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  3. Brown, J., E. Meyers, R. Talbert, T. Elliott, S. Gillies. "Places: 678253 (Kiboreia)". Pleiades. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  4. Emile Puech (11 June 1998). Qumran Grotte 4: XVIII: Textes Hebreux (4Q521-4Q528, 4Q576-4Q579). Oxford University Press. pp. 52–. ISBN 978-0-19-826948-9. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Susanne Carlsson (29 April 2010). Hellenistic democracies: freedom, independence and political procedure in some east Greek city-states. Franz Steiner Verlag. ISBN 978-3-515-09265-4. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  6. Fergus Millar (1993). The Roman Near East, 31 B.C.-A.D. 337. Harvard University Press. pp. 311–. ISBN 978-0-674-77886-3. Retrieved 18 September 2012.