Statuette of an Infant with a Phoenician Inscription

Three generations of kings

under the name Baalshillem

gave thanks to Eshmoun,

your Asclepius,

whose remedy led to

smooth succession,

uninterrupted peace,

and the fulfillment of my nature:

I grew up to revere the lizard glitter

of the Empire,

mating wheels of infraorders

of zygoptera, give or take

a prophecy in dazzling words

I did not understand.

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