The Phoenicians

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The Phoenicians

<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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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!


SUGGESTED READING

  • 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 Phoenicians, 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

  • The Phoenician Bronze Age origins and their homeland cities and cult sites – such as Ugarit, Byblos, Sidon and Tyre.
  • The trading posts around the Mediterranean at Cyprus, Sicily, Sardinia, Carthage and Spain, the types of artefacts and resources traded, and the interaction with cultures such as the Greeks and Etruscans.
  • Phoenician art, literacy and religion and their influence around the Mediterranean – looking at the evidence of artefacts and archaeological sites from land – and shipwrecks.


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.