Endnote 17 – Eroticism and Infanticide at Ashkelon
Actually it is a series of doorways, each a bit smaller, reaching all the way to the inner sanctum, or holy of holiest. The outermost doorway and facade (also the largest) is flanked by columns supporting a disc and crescent (symbol of either Tanit or Ba’al H|amoµn) and a frieze of Egyptian uraei (cobras) above the lintel. One coin type reprinted here revealed the deity worshipped in the temple: on one side is a portrait of the beautiful Syrian empress Julia Domna; on the other is the goddess Tanit, as paneµ Ba’al, framed by the temple facade. See Meshorer, City Coins of Eretz-Israel, coins #47–50.