...Long before Babylon rose to prominence, Damascus exercised great political power over these parts in the region of Saron,
where stood the city named Heliopolis in the Greek.

In later days, after the original downfall of Egypt, Damascus possessed considerable influence in the land of Eden (Somerset) and
probably largely influenced the trade between the two, for at the mouth of the Bristol Avon lay Gades, also named Tarshish,
with its Decopolis, including Scythopolis (Sherston), Gadara (Clifton), Philadelphia, originally Rabbath-Ammon (Bath), and other
places of early importance.

When we consider the wars in which Damascus was involved with her neighbours, they point to its geographical situation. King
David defeated the Damascenes near Euphrates  -  where Hadadazer later went to recover his lands from David  -  that is a region
abutting on the North Sea. Again in the time of Jehu, King of Israel, Hazael, King of Syria at Damascus, captured Ramoth-Gilead;
Ramoth-Gilead, or Ramah,  adjoined Avebury and Hebron (Barbury Castle). King Hazael "smote" Israel in Gilead and Bashan, and
for some sixty years Damascus still possessed them, for we find Amos prophesying that Baal would "break the bar" of Damascus
and cut off the inhabitants from the plain of Aven and who then ruled in Eden. Therefore Damascus was predominant at that
time as far as Somerset and also over Devon and Cornwall, for we learn that later its king made the Idumean King Aretas ruler
over much of Coelesyria. Josephus describes Aretas, King of Edom, as an "Arabian” but "Arabia" is merely a translation of the
Hebrew word
erebh, “the west”. There was no other Arabia in those days.

If these problems were given the attention they merit in trying to resolve the history of the past and its relation to Britain, it
would reveal that Damascus exercised political power over practically all the south of England, and before the rise of Babylon
stretched as far north as the Humber. The Syrians and Egyptians were the two ruling communities in opposition and were
frequently at grips in regard to their boundaries...