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In Search of the Phoenicians.

Author: Josephine Quinn
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017.
Series: Miriam S. Balmuth Lectures in Ancient History and Archaeology Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist?The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained a mystery. In Search of the Phoenicians makes the startling claim that the "Phoenicians" never actually existed. Taking readers from the ancient  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Quinn, Josephine.
In Search of the Phoenicians.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Josephine Quinn
ISBN: 9781400889112 1400889111
OCLC Number: 1017004243
Description: 1 online resource (365 pages).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
List of Illustrations --
Abbreviations --
Introduction --
PART I. PHANTOM PHOENICIANS --
Chapter 1. There Are No Camels in Lebanon --
Chapter 2. Sons of Tyre --
Chapter 3. Sea People --
PART II. MANY WORLDS --
Chapter 4. Cultural Politics --
Chapter 5. The Circle of the Tophet --
Chapter 6. Melqart's Mediterranean --
PART III. IMPERIAL IDENTITIES --
Chapter 7. The First Phoenician --
Chapter 8. A New Phoenician World --
Chapter 9. Phoenician Islands --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Image Credits --
Index.
Series Title: Miriam S. Balmuth Lectures in Ancient History and Archaeology Ser.
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Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist?The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained a mystery. In Search of the Phoenicians makes the startling claim that the "Phoenicians" never actually existed. Taking readers from the ancient world to today, this monumental book argues that the notion of these sailors as a coherent people with a shared identity, history, and culture is a product of modern nationalist ideologies--and a notion very much at odds with the ancient sources. Josephine Quinn shows how the belief in this historical mirage has blinded us to the compelling identities and communities these people really constructed for themselves in the ancient Mediterranean, based not on ethnicity or nationhood but on cities, family, colonial ties, and religious practices. She traces how the idea of "being Phoenician" first emerged in support of the imperial ambitions of Carthage and then Rome, and only crystallized as a component of modern national identities in contexts as far-flung as Ireland and Lebanon. In Search of the Phoenicians delves into the ancient literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic evidence for the construction of identities by and for the Phoenicians, ranging from the Levant to the Atlantic, and from the Bronze Age to late antiquity and beyond. A momentous scholarly achievement, this book also explores the prose, poetry, plays, painting, and polemic that have enshrined these fabled seafarers in nationalist histories from sixteenth-century England to twenty-first century Tunisia.

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