Syria, the name commonly thought to have derived from Assyria, which was the kingdom of Assher (a son of Shem) in northern Mesopotamia, was really the region west of Assyria, on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, the land of Tsyrus, as the bronze age Greeks knew it, and later known by the Romans as Tyrus, then Tyre, the port city whose name had been used for the entire eastern Mediterranean coast, including what today is Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, the people who lived there in bronze age times having called themselves the Cana’ anu, the Canaanites of the Bible, who were global navigators, as were the Egyptians who hired the Phoenician (Canaanite) ships in partnership to ply the sealanes to rich mines in various parts of the world, by the navigational method explained in article #2 at http://IceAgeCivilizations.com.
So Canaan and “Syria” were actually one-and-the-same during bronze age times, before the Hebrews invaded the region circa 1400 B.C. from Egypt, taking much of “Phoenicia,” leaving Tyre, Sidon, Byblos, and Eliat, the coastal cities, to the Canaanites (Phoenicians), with whom to secure metals and transport by sea from Mount Ophir (Malaysia) and Tarshish (from the Rio Tinto mines of the Sierra Morena mountains of southern Spain which was the main mineral source for the empire of Atlantis), as King Solomon, circa 950 B.C., became the richest man in the world, mostly by working with the Phoenicians, many of them from the city of Tyre, such as king Hiram, who helped with the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem, surveyed with the same gp cubit.
The ancient Assyrian written language, from the line of Shem, is semetic, as is the Phoenician script, and the Hebrew script and language, all with consonant alphabets, no vowel symbols, with the vowel sounds somehow inferred by convention, so language adoption obviously crossed clan lines early after the Tower of Babel, as Phoenicians, also known as Canaanites, who were Hamites, adopted the language of the progeny of Shem, one of whom was Aram, the father of the Aramaic language group.
The Romans knew Tyre, on the Lebanon coast, as Tyrus, and the Etruscans, who preceded the Romans on the Italian pensinula, had named the portion of the Mediterranean to the west of Italy the Tyrrhenian Sea, obviously because the maritime seapower Tyre (known as Tsyrus, Suriyya, Syria, Phoenicia, Canaan) was well known in iron age times, so you can see that the seafaring capabilities of the ancients have been greatly underestimated by mainstream scientists, particularly considering the navigational method explained in the link, and when you consider that there are hundreds of bronze age megalithic ruins submerged in various parts of the world, including off “Syria,” in the Mediterranean, it becomes obvious that the biblical timeline fits the evidence, as you read on under the various categories at this blogsite. See http://genesisveracityfoundation.com.