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A short history of the Phoenicians

Author: Mark Woolmer
Publisher: London, England : I. B. Tauris, [London, England] : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. 2019.
Series: I.B. Tauris short histories.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Conference publication : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
The Phoenicians present a tantalizing face to the ancient historian. Latin sources suggest they once had an extensive literature of history, law, philosophy and religion; but all now is lost. Offering new insights based on recent archaeological discoveries in their heartland of modern-day Lebanon, Mark Woolmer presents a fresh appraisal of this fascinating, yet elusive, Semitic people. Discussing material culture,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)922012478
Material Type: Conference publication, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Woolmer
ISBN: 9781350985186 135098518X
OCLC Number: 1128170706
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 233 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Introduction --
Historical overview --
Government and society --
Religion --
Art and material culture --
Overseas expansion --
Epilogue.
Series Title: I.B. Tauris short histories.
Other Titles: Phoenicians
Responsibility: Mark Woolmer.

Abstract:

The Phoenicians present a tantalizing face to the ancient historian. Latin sources suggest they once had an extensive literature of history, law, philosophy and religion; but all now is lost. Offering new insights based on recent archaeological discoveries in their heartland of modern-day Lebanon, Mark Woolmer presents a fresh appraisal of this fascinating, yet elusive, Semitic people. Discussing material culture, language and alphabet, religion (including sacred prostitution of women and boys to the goddess Astarte), funerary custom and trade and expansion into the Punic west, he explores Phoenicia in all its paradoxical complexity. Viewed in antiquity as sage scribes and intrepid mariners who pushed back the boundaries of the known world, and as skilled engineers who built monumental harbour cities like Tyre and Sidon, the Phoenicians were also considered (especially by their rivals, the Romans) to be profiteers cruelly trading in human lives. The author shows them above all to have been masters of the sea: this was a civilization that circumnavigated Africa two thousand years before Vasco da Gama did it in 1498.

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