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2.0 out of 5 starsNot good at all
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
Some books in this Captivating History series are OK. But this one is terrible. Many parts of it contradict each other. It seems to be mostly drawn from Wikipedia and other articles on the internet, without actually understanding them. I’ve read other books on the ancient Mediterranean where archaeologists show reliable dates and facts that disprove too many of the things found here. It’s just bad in so many ways.
A somewhat brief look at the Phoenicians. It gives good sight into the culture. The trade routes I was primarily interested in, apparently is largely lacking since much information was likely on papyrus. All in all a fairly good compilation.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
Not bad for high school level understanding. However, the Bronze Age influences on the formation of the Phoenicians is glossed over. Completely missing is an understanding of Hittite control and influence on northern Canaan while the Egyptians controlled and influenced southern Canaan.
5.0 out of 5 starsSome of the Bible's Canaanites became Phoenicians
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2019
The Phoenicians are mentioned so often in other books (and in the Bible), so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read about them in this short work. Thanks for the timeline; it helped place the time of the Phoenicians. I found it very interesting that the Phoenicians emerged from the nomadic Canaanites. They were survivors of the Bronze Age Collapse.
It was surprising to see that the Phoenicians were an economic power, but not a military one. Thus, over time, they became vassals of more powerful empires (Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Macedonian Greeks with Alexander the Great, etc.,). The Phoenicians founded the coastal city-states of Byblos, Sidon, and Tyre.
Phoenicians were polytheistic peoples -- they worshipped more than one god. They started out as an agricultural tribe but could not completely feed their people. After a while, they started trading for goods they needed and before long, they were a maritime economy. They started out trading with the Greeks (glass, wood and their rare, powdered Tyrian purple dye).