I wasn't going to make the story public but the appearance of this similar story in the press (A lost Lebanon caught on camera) recently convinced me that people are much more willing to believe fantastic stories, especially if they are accompanied by old photographs. Obtaining the permission of the reluctant Abdeshmun, I convinced him to share this unprecedented trove of archival photographs which he clung onto throughout his travels in the ancient and modern worlds.
|Julius Caesar at Place de l'Etoile, Beirut
Abdeshmun had ended up in Britain during a trading trip when the ship he was on was destroyed, and when he tried to go back to Lebanon the government refused to acknowledge his Phoenician travel documents after the Ta'if Agreement which decreed that Lebanon is Arab. Abdeshmun thus remained in the UK, earning little money by performing Phoenician one-man shows on street corners but was never able to make much money because not many people speak the language in the UK. Admire these fantastic photographs as you reflect on this fascinating almost unbelievable story.
|Nebuchadnezzar at the beautiful city of Zahle
|Napoleon at the Roman ruins in the city of Baalbeck
|Alexander the Great at the city of Tyre
|Ramesses II skiing at the Cedars in north Lebanon
|Richard the Lionheart near Raouché rock in Beirut.