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Phoenician Secrets: Exploring the Ancient Mediterranean Paperback – April 30, 2011
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Thoroughly researched and clearly written . . . a welcome addition to all libraries. --David Northrup, Ph.D.
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The book suggests answers to many other questions in a well written and documented format. Does the book answer definitely answer all the above questions? No, however, it pulls together scattered pieces of a puzzle to form a more complete picture. There may be pieces that we will never find, but with this book, we get a more complete picture of history.
I had not realized that Sicily had such a Greek heritage (as well as Phoenician) until I visited Syracuse and quite a bit of the countryside from there to Punta Secca. I also spent a short time in Naxos and Palermo. It was what I saw, heard, and learned that stimulated my interest in Mediterranean history.
This book helped give me an understandable perspective on Sicilian history. I hope to be able to return for a three week (or more) visit to learn more about how the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians and the Greeks influenced this beautiful island. The ruins I saw in Cartagena, Spain even make more sense now. And what I learned on Santorini about Akrotiri make me want to visit Knossos after reading Chapter 10 about Minoan culture.
This is an understandable and easy to read book that really helped my quest to better understand ancient Mediterranean history.
If you are even remotely interested about reading about early civilizations including Phoenicians Jews Persians Arabs or Greeks you have to read this book I just cannot put it down!