Photographer's Note

Jupiter Tempel seen from the Bacchus Temple.

The greatest of the three temples at Baalbek was sacred to Jupiter Baal, ("Heliopolitan Zeus"), identified here with the sun, and - constructed between the first century BC and 62 AD - was the largest temple in the empire. With it were associated a temple to Venus and a lesser temple in honor of Bacchus (though it was traditionally referred to as the "Temple of the Sun" by Neoclassical visitors, who saw it as the best-preserved Roman temple in the world - it is surrounded by forty-two columns nearly 20 meters in height). Thus three Eastern deities were worshipped in Roman guise: thundering Jove, the god of storms, stood in for Baal-Hadad, Venus for ‘Ashtart (known in English as Astarte) and Bacchus for Anatolian Dionysus.

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Exposure Time: 1/250
F-Stop: f/11.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 14/1 mm
Metering Mode: Pattern

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