The Phoenicians

Follow in the wake of the fabulous Phoenicians. From their Syro-Palestinian homelands these intrepid sea-farers circled the Mediterranean – and beyond, trading in goods of exquisite luxury and beauty. They founded cities and emporiums that were the envy of ancient Greece and Rome. Their religious practices still shock and mystify. Their alphabet was the foundation of western literature. Set sail with an exotic and precious cargo bound for Cyprus, North Africa, Italy, Spain – and beyond!

DELIVERY MODE

  • Hybrid (F2F and Online simultaneously)

SUGGESTED READING

  • Alta Macadam, A.B., 2010, Blue Guide, Rome, Somerset
  • Aubet, M.E., 2001, The Phoenicians and the West: politics, colonies and trade, Cambridge
  • Ganor, N.R., 2009, Who were the Phoenicians?, Tel Aviv
  • Herring, D., Ed., Across Frontiers: Etruscans, Greeks, Phoenicians and Cypriots, London
  • Hoyos, D., Ed., 2011, A Companion to the Punic Wars, Malden
  • Moscati, S., Ed., 1988, _The Phoenician_s, Milan – now a revised edition published 2001
  • Schultz, R. and Seidel, M., 1998, Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs, Köln
  • Snell, D.C., 2011, Religions of the Ancient Near East, New York

COURSE OUTLINE

This course will study Phoenician art, literacy, society and religion and their influence around the Mediterranean by looking at the evidence of historical sources, artefacts and archaeological sites. Week by week we will examine the following:

  • The proto Phoenician Bronze Age origins, interaction with Egypt, and the cities and cult sites of Ugarit and Byblos
  • A more detailed examination of three Phoenician cities – Byblos, Sidon and Tyre – their relationship to the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians as well as their appearance in Greek and Biblical sources and the beginnings of their push to the west through their acquisition of Cyprus.
  • The trading posts and colonies around the western Mediterranean - Sicily, Sardinia, Malta, the Balearic Islands and Spain, the types of artefacts and resources traded, and the interaction with cultures such as the Greeks and Etruscans. This section will also deal with the establishment of Carthage as a major power base, independent of the Phoenician homeland, and exploration by the Phoenician and Punic explorers and traders beyond the Mediterranean.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  1. Gain many insights into Phoenician origins and their key cities on the Levantine coast.
  2. Appreciate more fully the variety, beauty and complexity of Phoenician arts and crafts
  3. Consider the mysterious and sometimes confronting questions surrounding Phoenician religion, cult practises and interaction with other cultures.
  4. Enjoy an introduction to archaeological sites and museum collections around the Mediterranean related to the Phoenicians.
$153 Limited / $138

<p>Follow in the wake of the fabulous Phoenicians. From their Syro-Palestinian homelands these intrepid sea-farers circled the Mediterranean – and beyond, trading in goods of exquisite luxury and

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23 Aug
$153 Limited / $138

<p>Follow in the wake of the fabulous Phoenicians. From their Syro-Palestinian homelands these intrepid sea-farers circled the Mediterranean – and beyond, trading in goods of exquisite luxury and

...
23 Aug

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