Maps of the Levant

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The Ancient Levant With a Map

The Levant - Biblical Israel and Judah - Palestine Map
The Levant - Biblical Israel and Judah - Palestine Map. The Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography, Samuel Butler, Ernest Rhys, ed. (1907, repr. 1908)

The term Levant is not ancient, but the area covered and shown in these maps is. Like "Anatolia" or "Orient," "Levant" refers to the area of the rising of the sun, from the perspective of the western Mediterranean. The Levant is the eastern Mediterranean area now covered by Israel, Lebanon, part of Syria, and western Jordan. The Taurus Mountains are to the north while the Zagros Mountains are in the east and the Sinai peninsula is located to the south. In antiquity, the southern part of the Levant or Palestine was called Canaan.

Levant, meaning "rising" in the French Language, eventually meant what the known world was from a European view. Learn about the history of the Levant period through ancient locations, Bible maps and more.

The Ages 

The history of the ancient Levant includes the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Classical Age.

  • The Stone Age includes the earliest stone toolkits made by humans, created over two million years ago. Stone tools were used for Flakes and Cores and utilized to butcher animals for food.
  • The Bronze Age heavily used bronze, copper, proto-writing and other developments in material culture in early urban civilization.
  • The archeological area of the Iron Age includes the prehistory and protohistory of the Old World where iron was primarily used for smelting by metalworkers to create tools and weapons.
  • Also known as Classical antiquity, the Classical Age refers to when the Greeks achieved new heights in art, architecture, literature, theater and philosophy. This period expanded a new maturity in Greece that lasted for roughly 200 years.

Bible Maps

The Ancient Locations reference site lists the locations of ancient places in the Levant by their geographic coordinates, as well as by their ancient and modern names. The Ancient Levant maps, such as Palestine at the time of Jesus or The Exodus from Egypt, are listed below. Review the Bible Maps of the Bible times and lands.

  • Ancient Near East Before the Exodus
    This map shows Abraham's journey around 2000 B.C.
  • Successive World Kingdoms: Persia, Babylon, Assyria
    Eventually spanning from Libya and Macedonia in the West to the end of the Persian Gulf in the East, these maps show the outlines of each empire from 640 to 500 B.C.
  • Kingdoms of Israel and Judah
    The map shows the division between Judah and Israel from 900-722 B.C.
  • Palestine at the Time of Jesus
    This map displays Palestine at the time of Jesus in 33 A.D.
  • Twelve Tribes in Canaan
    Here is the map of the locations of the twelve tribes during the period between Joshua and Saul, between 1400-1100 B.C.
  • United Kingdoms of David and Solomon
    This map shows the kingdoms of David and Solomon from about 1000 B.C.
  • The Exodus From Egypt
    The map of the Near East around 1500 B.C. is displayed here.
  • Eastern Mediterranean Map
    The map here shows the Nile, ​Araxata, Istanbul, the Danube, Sardis, Ephesus, Alexandria, the Tigris and Euphrates.
  • Oriental Institute Map Series
    The Oriental Institute's site maps locate the primary archaeological sites, modern cities, and river courses in Levant.
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