The History of Phoenicia


Josette Elayi


The history of the phoenicians, explorers and merchants, is little known. Wh at a paradox for this ingenious people, who invented the alphabet,to have left so few written traces of their existence. Their literature, recorded on papyrus, has disappeared. And yet this civilization fired the imagination of its contemporaries—the Jews in particular—inspiring terror  among the Romans and Greeks, who depicted them as a cruel people who practiced human sacrifice. Their clients were the pharaohs and the Assyrians, their ships criss-crossed the Mediterranean, laden with the luxuries of the  day such as wine, oil, grain,  and mineral ore. Buried beneath the modern cities of Lebanon,  ancient Phoenicia is resuscitated in this volume.

Josette Elayi is a historian and researcher with de grees in Hebrew, Aram a ic,and Akkadian, and an unrivaled expert on Phoenicia. She has taught at  theLebanese University in Beirut and Mustansiriye University in Baghdad and currently continues her research in Paris at the Collège de France. She  has developed a new pluridisciplinary historical method combining epigraphy, numismatics, archaeology, economics, and sociology.

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May 17, 2018

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