Summary of The Phoenician Civilization
The History of Phoenicia By: Meredith Cox
In the time of 1000 BC and 600 BC the Phoenicians were the best traders of the ancient world. They could build ships that could sail quickly to transport goods. They could sail at night by using the North Star. The most successful era of Phoenician history was the 10th century BC, because the civilizations around them were balanced. Hiram was the King of Tyre at that time.
The Anthropology of Phoenicia By: Roddy Martin
The reason they were successful in the trading business was because of what they traded which mostly consisted of finely carved ivory, good quality linen, and purple dye which was very rare in their time period. Another part of their trading success was having sturdy ships. These ships were long gallys that were very sea worthy. They usually had two layers of oars, one over the other and a san! So they could go very fast (for their time period that is). Over all the Phoenicians were geographically unlucky but that drove them to invent their written language to facilitate their trading.
The Archaeology of Phoenicia By: Annabel Hinkle
Just like us they used they use they used the " North star", but they called it the "pole star". It still had the same purpose. The number one thing they were known for was their alphabet. They were the first civilization to have a phonetic alphabet. That means that they were the first people to be able to combine the sounds of their letters to make words. Another thing they were known for was their cloth that I talked about earlier. Since they had so much of it that was how they got their name. The name means reddish-purple in Greek. They must have wore the cloth a lot if that's how the Phoenicians got their name. That is how an archeoligist may see the Phoenician civilization.