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Under Sabatino Moscati's direction a distinguished group of scholars has provided a definitive four-part study of the Phoenicians: part 1 treats their history, military and political organization, commerce and industry, alphabet, and religion; part 2 is on the great areas of their expansion, e.g., North Africa and Spain; part 3 focuses on Phoenician art, e.g., jewelry, pottery, and coins; part 4 details the Phoenicians contacts with Etruscans, Egyptians, and others. Many translators, museologists, and other specialists have contributed to this extraordinary volume, which also contains a catalog of the special Phoenician exhibit in Venice's Palazzo Grassi museum. There are more than 1500 illustrations, many in color. Here for the first time Phoenician civilization can be understood in its entirety.
- Jackson P. Hershbell, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (February 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847821943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847821945
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Darkuser on July 7, 2004
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This book is perhaps the most comprehensive guide to the world of the Phoenicians. Considering there are few books on this subject to begin with, there is not a great deal i can say in terms of how this is vastly different. If you've managed to find your way to this book, i highly recommend it.

This book has many advantages over others. Not least the fact that it's actually a compilation of the works and studies of a number of scholars. Among them are Sabatino Moscati, Maria Eugenia Aubet and others who have written extensively on this subject both directly and indirectly. The composition is such that it is often possible to identify regions of conflicting viewpoints. Though contradictory at times, this aspect is actually helpful in illustrating the present ambiguity with regards to many areas of the subject. A lost civilization in many respects, a great deal of cross-referencing is needed and this is where the book has a dinstict advantage. Particularly interesting is that the book draws from a variety of backgrounds so that the works of modern Cypriots, Italians, Arabs and Spanish are included. This aspect alone is enough to suggest that the book is without bias of any kind. This is not to say that it is manual of distinct essays, but rather a book with different scholars contributing to the many chapters.

The content is equally excellent. Here the Phoenicians are described from their Canaanite origins to the ventures of Hannibal. A true civilization with character and identity, they were far more than the great navigators of antiquity. The book clearly outlines everything from art and religion to trade and political institutions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Quinn on October 20, 2012
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At last! A decent book on the sailors and traders supreme who were dispersed by Rome and written out of history by the Romans & Greeks.
Long live the Phoenicians.
For further reading see:
[[ASIN:B008V0T8AO The Atlantean Irish: Ireland's Oriental & Maritime Heritage by Quinn, Bob published by Lilliput Pr Ltd Paperback]
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It's amazing how much of Phoenician culture is still around, much of it passed off as Asseryian or Roman or Egyptian. So much innovation and creativity lost to the historical victors during the greek and Roman conquests. Well covered in this anthology.
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My major is history and I love reading this kind of historical work. It is a good read if you want to know how the Southern Europe and the Egyptian empires were brought together by the traders of Phoenician world.
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