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Title: The Lie of the Land: Ptolemy's Temple of Hercules in Malta
Author(s): VELLA, Nicholas C.
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 39    Date: 2002   
Pages: 83-112
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.39.0.501776

Abstract :
The location of the temple of Hercules in Malta has been one of the vexing questions of the island’s antiquarian historiography. In this paper a review of the search for this temple is presented and an archaeological site chosen as a probable place of Ptolemy’s temple of Hercules. It is argued that the identity of the site does not depend on a consideration of cartographic maps alone but on the perception and conceptualisation of space in Antiquity and the Renaissance.

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