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also known as: Ashkelon, Askelon, Ascalon, 'Askalan
In the time of the Hebrew judges (Judges 1:18), it fell into the possession of the Tribe of Judah; but it was soon after retaken by the Philistines (2 Samuel 1:20), who were not finally dispossessed till the time of Alexander the Great.
It became a noted place in the Middle Ages, having been the scene of many a bloody battle between the Saracens and the Crusaders. It was beseiged and taken by Richard the Lion-hearted, and “within its walls and towers now standing he held his court.”
It is now called Ashkelon, Israel.
Article Version: October 3, 2017