Five Important Phoenician Contributions to Western Civilization

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Anthony Hopper, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Phoenician communities started appearing along the coastlines of modern day Syria, Israel, and Lebanon around 3000 B.C. Beginning with Byblos, many of these settlements gradually developed into urban trading centers. This period began in about 1500 B.C., though Byblos had attained city status before that time. Over the next few centuries, the Phoenicians developed into adept traders whose ships plied the whole of the Mediterranean and beyond.

They established colonies in North Africa, Spain, Italy, and other places along the Mediterranean coast. The Phoenician city-states’ power and influence waned in the latter half of the first millennium B.C., but not before they had made important, lasting contributions to Western civilization.

Here are five important Phoenician contributions to Western society.

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Making Phoenician history accessible to all

Susan Velasquez
Newark City Guide Examiner

Salim George Khalaf, founder and author of the Encyclopedia Phoeniciana, has been sharing his knowledge and information on Phoenician history since 1996. Discovering an obvious lack of accurate historical information about his culture and background, he decided to put his own website together, and it is now considered one of the best resources for students and artists. He is now working with Dr. Nicholas Kahwaji at the newly formed Phoenician International Research Center.

According to their website: The center is a not-for-profit organization, which researches the history and contribution to world culture of the Canaanite Phoenicians and Punic people, from the dawn of history until present day. It supports ancient history student scholarships, disseminates information through phoenicia.org, builds international and domestic relations with similar centers, publishes books on the subject, creates electronic libraries and databases, and promotes the preservation and protection of Phoenician antiquities and historic sites.

The center is in touch with scholars in Italy to promote collaboration with Italian, Tunisian and Spanish centers and scholars that work in this field. Further, the center looks forward to signing collaborative agreements with Lebanese institutes, centers and universities that are interested in pursuing this subject.
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Phoenicians- Lebanon’s Epic Heritage

Just released December 2005

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The author, Mr. Sanford Holst has spent 30 years of research working on this book. A donation will be made to charities in Lebanon for every copy sold. Below is the introduction by the author, table of contents and other information about the book. Order your copy and a copy for a friend. This will make a perfect gift for the holidays or for any occasion. The book is excellent and is a must read

The Phoenicians rose to fame on the shores of Lebanon, and became the masters of sea trade around the ancient Mediterranean. They accumulated wealth and knowledge at a fabulous rate, but hid it all from view. Publicly adventurous, highly skilled and diplomatic, they were privately lovers of inspiring art, luxurious homes, and the beauty of nature.

This saga is not just about battles, monuments and papyrus scrolls. It is about flesh and blood people who emerged from the cedars of Lebanon in 6000 BC, experienced the desperation of numerous defeats and the euphoria of many triumphs, and whose descendants still live today. Now, for the first time, read the full story of these remarkable people and the rise of Lebanon.

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