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Aglibol was a moon god worshiped in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as part of a trinity alongside Bel and Yarhibol, and associated with the sun god Malakbel.[1]

God of the moon
Statue of Aglibol.jpg
Aglibol, as shown in a 1st century CE relief from Palmyra
Major cult centerPalmyra
SymbolLunar halo, crescent moon


Archaeological evidenceEdit

Evidence of Aglibol's worship is primarily epigraphical. The earliest known mention of Aglibol was an inscription which dates back to 17 BC and associates him with the sun god Malakbel.[1] Several other inscriptions made by the Bene Komare also associate him with Malakbel, including a bilingual inscription from 122 AD in which Aglibol and Malakbel sponsor a citizen by the name of Manai for his piety.[1]


Several 2nd century AD inscriptions attest that Aglibol was venerated with Malakbel in a sanctuary known as the "Sacred Garden" (gnt' 'ilym),[2] which was one of the four principle sanctuaries of the city.[2] The Bene Komare tended to this sanctuary.[3]

The sanctuary had two altars, a sacred cypress and a bath. One of the reliefs found in the Temple of Bel show the two altars and the two gods.[4]




  • Smith II, Andrew M. (2013). Roman Palmyra: Identity, Community, and State Formation. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-986110-1.
  • Stoneman, Richard (1994) [1992]. Palmyra and Its Empire: Zenobia's Revolt Against Rome. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-08315-2.
  • W. Drijvers, H.J (1976). The Religion of Palmyra. Brill. ISBN 9789004047983.

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