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Lebanon - History



Lebanon - History
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
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     challenging words:    receptive, crusaders, administration, dynasty, modern-day, prosperity, riches, civil, shores, arrival, unrest, politics, invaders, military, society, majority
     content words:    Middle East, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean Sea, Roman Empire, During Roman, Byzantine Empire, Orthodox Christianity, Umayyad Muslim, Muslim Abbasid Empire, Ottoman Empire


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Lebanon - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Imagine if you won a lottery, say, millions of dollars. You'd be pretty happy with that, wouldn't you? Now that you're rich, what kind of problems could you expect? maybe you'd have trouble spending all that money! Do you think your friends and family would bother you, asking you for money? There's a country in the Middle East that's been in a similar situation. Unlike most other Middle Eastern countries, it has lots of natural resources, and throughout history, everyone has wanted a piece of it.
 
2     This country is Lebanon. It is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, just north of Israel and west of Syria. In the Bible, Lebanon was called the "land of milk and honey," because of its great natural riches. It also had many good ports along its coast and high, easily defended mountains. These features made Lebanon attractive land for explorers and settlers.
 
3     Lebanon's earliest settlers arrived around 10,000 BC. These earliest settlers built their villages into towns and towns into cities. By about 3,000 BC, there were many cities around Lebanon. The shores of Lebanon were colonized around 2,500 BC by people who would later be known as the Phoenicians. The Phoenicians were one of the Mediterranean's greatest early civilizations. They created the world's first alphabet.

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