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date: 25 May 2018

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This article provides an overview of the historical geography of the ancient Levant that includes toponymic and topographical data drawn from bothhistorical sources and modern archaeological work. It explains that the Levant consists of a stretch of southwestern Asia which forms a natural land bridge between Asia and Africa, and which has three prominent components west-to-east: the Mediterranean, the great Syro-African Rift, and the vast desert expanse to the east. The article also describes the most notable geographical features of Northern Levant, Southern Levant, Cisjordan, and Transjordan.

Keywords: Levant, historical geography, toponymic data, topographical data, Mediterranean, Syro-African Rift, natural land bridge, Cisjordan, Transjordan

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