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Author Woolmer, Mark., author

Title A short history of the Phoenicians / Mark Woolmer
Published London ; New York, NY : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2017


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 233 pages) : maps, illustrations
Series I.B. Tauris Short Histories
I.B. Tauris short histories.
Contents Introduction -- Historical overview -- Government and society -- Religion -- Art and material culture -- Overseas expansion -- Epilogue
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, 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Phoenicians -- History
HISTORY -- Ancient -- General.
SUBJECT Phoenicia -- Civilization.
Subject Middle East -- Phoenicia.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781786722171