(Phenician: Ashtoret, Astarte)

A Syro-Phenician female deity worshipped at Sidon and Tyre, in Carthage, Cyprus, and even Britain. She has been identified with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the Grecian Aphrodite, and the Latin Venus, and was regarded as the goddess of love and fecundity. In 4 Kings 28, she is described as the "idol of the Sidonians."

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