Byblos was the Greek name for an important ancient Phoenician city sometimes called Gebal. Today the town of Byblos is 25 miles north of Beirut, Lebanon, in the Mount Lebanon area on the Mediterranean seacoast. There have been inhabitants in this town continuously for over 5,000 years. Byblos had a major papyrus trade between Greece and Egypt. Thus, the Greek name of Byblos came to dominate. In fact, some Byblos written inscriptions that were discovered in the 20th century, date from around 1,700 to 1,400 BCE.