The city was known as Amrit or Amurre in ancient Canaanite. In the time of Alexander the Great, Amrit was known by the Greek name of Marathus. It was one of the biggest cities in the East. Coins minted here in the 2nd and 3rd century BC imply that Amrit played an important economical role. It was under Aradus (Arwad) domination.