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Contributor Contrib.Nanaea on 10/17/2008
A classical rendering of the original Carthaginian name Saphanba'al, possibly meaning "Ba'al has sheltered her", from the Punic element saphan "sheltered" combined with the name of the god Ba'al. Sophonisba was a 3rd-century BCE Carthaginian princess whose name was mentioned in this form by Roman historians Livy and Appian and later popularized by numerous playwrights from the 15th century onwards.