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Ithobaal I

Ithobaal I was king of Tyre from 887[?] to 856[?]. During his reign, Tyre expanded its power on the continent, making all of southern Phoenicia its territory, including Sidon. During his reign, Tyre also built its first colonies - Botrys[?] (now Batrun[?]) near Byblos, and Auza[?] in Libya.

Ithobaal held close diplomatic contacts with king Ahab of Israel. His daughter Jezebel even married Ahab, and Phoenician influence in Samaria and the other Israelian cities was large.

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