Ancient Phoenicia: An Introduction

Ancient Phoenicia: An Introduction

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By (author) Mark Woolmer


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  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 190mm x 12mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 185399734X
  • ISBN 13: 9781853997341
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 788,140

Product description

The Phoenicians played a fundamental role in shaping the history of the Mediterranean. Lauded by Homer as unrivalled navigators and traders, they are known to have founded colonies across the length of North Africa and into Southern Spain, yet as a people they have often remained an enigma. This introduction aims to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding this ancient culture. Presenting the latest research and archaeological discoveries, it explores the social, political, economic and ecological changes that occurred in Phoenicia between the Early Bronze Age and the start of the Hellenistic era. Phoenician government and society, agriculture and economy, trade and colonisation, warfare, religion, and art and architecture are all discussed in order to illustrate the character and achievements of this vibrant civilisation, which was able to maintain its unique identity and culture in the face of external threats from states such as Egypt, Assyria, Babylon and Persia.

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Author information

Mark Woolmer is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, Durham University, UK.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Defining the Phoenicians: Land, Language, Name and People 2. A General History of Phoenicia 3. The Phoenician Diaspora: Principal Cities and Colonies 4. Government and Society 5. The Economy 6. Warfare 7. Phoenician Religion 8. Phoenician Art Suggestions for Further Reading Index