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by Micha F. Lindemans
The chief god of the Phoenician city of Tyre, but also venerated in Carthage and Gadir (Cádiz Spain). Melqart, also called the Tyrian Baal, is connected with the sea and sea-faring and on coins he is portrayed riding on a sea-horse. Under the name Malku he was equated with the Babylonian Nergal and may have been related to Mot of Ras Shamra (Ugarit).

The name is derived from milk-quart, meaning "city king."

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