Ras Ibn Hani
|رأس ابن هاني (Arabic)|
A tomb at Ras Ibn Hani
|Area||2 ha (4.9 acres)|
|Periods||Late Bronze Age to Early Byzantine|
|Cultures||Canaanite, Hellenistic, Roman|
|Ownership||Mixed public and private|
|Now is the site of Cote d'Azur|
Ras Ibn Hani (Arabic: رأس ابن هاني) is a small cape located 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) north of Latakia, Syria on the Mediterranean Sea. It is an important archaeological site as it was occupied almost continuously from the late Bronze Age until Byzantine times. The site now is in a major resort area called the Cote d'Azur of Syria.
This coastal site lies a two-hour walk from the site of Bronze Age Ugarit, and survived in modest fashion Ugarit's collapse at the end of the Bronze Age: "Ugarit's inhabitants dispersed, but no crisis could neutralize their invaluable asset, the coast's best natural harbour on the promontory of Ras ibn Hani; it became known from its low white cliff as the 'White Harbour' in later Greek coastal guidebooks, a name which persists in modern Arabic as Minet el-Beida", observes Robin Lane Fox, who identified Ras Ibn Hani as the site later Greeks knew as Betyllion, possibly a Hellenized version, he suggests, of the Semitic bait-El or "house of El, a name which, if that is the derivation, "confirms that Canaanite-Phoenician culture never entirely died at the site".
- Cohen, 2006, p. 124
- Fox, Travelling Heroes in the Epic Age of Homer, 2008:91.
- Fox gives his source as John Malalas,'s Chronicon (11.3) written in the 6th century CE, which has the form Bytyllion, which is also the form reported in Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (Princeton) 2000.
- Cohen, Getzel M. (2006). The Hellenistic settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin, and North Africa. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-24148-0.