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or Ash·qe·lon  (ăsh′kə-lŏn′, äsh′kĕ-lôn′)
An ancient city of southwest Palestine on the Mediterranean Sea. Inhabited as early as the third millennium bc, it was a seat of worship for the goddess Astarte.
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But he saw not,'' he declared, ``how the Knight of Ivanhoe could plead any advantage from this, since he'' (the Prior) ``was assured that the crusaders, under Richard, had never proceeded much farther than Askalon, which, as all the world knew, was a town of the Philistines, and entitled to none of the privileges of the Holy City.
Reportedly, he is originally Ethiopian but grew up in Askalon city in southern Israel.
Leacock also repeatedly merged ancient and modern into the kind of anachronism that characterized the stylistic tradition of pseudo-biblical writing: repeating 2 Samuel 1:20, Leacock urged his American compatriots in the lamenting words of David the son of Jesse: "Tell it not in Gath, nor publish it in the streets of Askalon.