By Josephine Quinn
Who have been the traditional Phoenicians, and did they really exist?
The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean lengthy earlier than the Greeks and Romans, buying and selling, developing settlements, and refining the paintings of navigation. yet who those mythical sailors particularly have been has lengthy remained a secret. In seek of the Phoenicians makes the startling declare that the “Phoenicians” by no means really existed. Taking readers from the traditional international to at the present time, this huge booklet argues that the suggestion of those sailors as a coherent individuals with a shared id, heritage, and tradition is a made from glossy nationalist ideologies—and a thought greatly at odds with the traditional sources.
Josephine Quinn indicates how the assumption during this ancient mirage has blinded us to the compelling identities and groups those humans fairly built for themselves within the historical Mediterranean, established no longer on ethnicity or nationhood yet on towns, family members, colonial ties, and non secular practices. She strains how the assumption of “being Phoenician” first emerged in aid of the imperial goals of Carthage after which Rome, and merely crystallized as an element of recent nationwide identities in contexts as far-flung as eire and Lebanon.
In seek of the Phoenicians delves into the traditional literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and inventive proof for the development of identities through and for the Phoenicians, starting from the Levant to the Atlantic, and from the Bronze Age to overdue antiquity and past. A momentous scholarly success, this publication additionally explores the prose, poetry, performs, portray, and polemic that experience enshrined those fabled seafarers in nationalist histories from sixteenth-century England to twenty-first century Tunisia.