The Phoenicians and the West: Politics, Colonies and Trade

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 6, 2001 - History - 432 pages
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Between the eighth and sixth centuries BC, the Phoenicians established the first trading system in the Mediterranean basin, from their homeland, in what is now Lebanon, to colonies in Cyprus, Tunisia, Sicily, Sardinia and southern Spain. The Phoenician state was able to maintain its independence, despite the territorial expansion of the Assyrians, in return for tribute provided by its western colonies. Archaeological research over the past decades, and still ongoing, has transformed our understanding of these colonies and their relationship to local communities. This updated version of Maria Eugenia Aubet's highly praised book, The Phoenicians and the West, originally published in English in 1993, incorporates more recent research findings, an expanded bibliography, and an appendix on radiometric dating. It will be welcomed by scholars and students of Mediterranean history and archaeology, and anyone interested in early trading systems.
  

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Contents

Who were the Phoenicians?
6
Phoenicia during the Iron Age
26
The bases for the expansion in the Mediterranean
70
exchange mechanisms and organization
97
the palace and the temple
144
The routes of Phoenician expansion in the Mediterranean
159
chronology and historiography
194
The Phoenician colonies in the central Mediterranean
212
The colonies of the far west
257
The colonies in the west
305
The journey of WenAmon to Phoenicia
356
Oracles against Tyre
363
Radiometric datings
372
Bibliography
382
Index
426
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Maria Eugenia Aubet is Professor in the Department of Archaeology, Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Her other publications include Tartessos (1990) and Les Orants de Carthage (1974).

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