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Hasanbeyli inscription

The inscription

The Hasanbeyli inscription is a Phoenician inscription on a basalt stone discovered in the village of Hasanbeyli, on the western slopes of the Amanus Mountains, in 1894.[1]

It was discovered by Felix von Luschan, who had been excavating at nearby Zincirli.

The Phoenician inscription is 5 lines long, and mentions the "king of the city of Adana", the "king of Assur" and "Awariku" (also on the Karatepe inscription). A short Greek inscription with two crosses has been overlaid; it is thought that it was used as a boundary marker during Byzantine times.

It has been dated to the 8th century BC. The stele measures 42 x 34 x 23 cm. It is currently in the Vorderasiatisches Museum Berlin. The inscription is known as KAI 23.


  • Sachau, Baal-Harrän in einer Altaramäischen Inschrift auf einem Relief des Königlichen Museums zu Berlin
  • Winckler, H. (1896). Eine phönicische inschrift aus Nordsyrien. Altorientalische Forschungen (in German). Eduard Pfeiffer. ISBN 978-0-7905-3058-1. Retrieved 2022-02-06.
  • Lemaire, A. "L'inscription phénicienne de Hassan-Beyli reconsidérée," Rivista di studi fenici 11: 9–19


  1. ^ Charles Clermont-Ganneau, L'INSCRIPTION PHÉNICIENNE DE HASSAN-BEYLI, Études d'archéologie orientale
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