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The Phoenicians. Phoenicia was located in Southwest Asia. Phoenician Coastal Plain. Tyre. Phoenicians. The Phoenicians were a Semitic-speaking people. They settled in small city-states in present-day Lebanon. There were few natural resources in their land. So, they turned to the seas.

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  • The Phoenicians were a Semitic-speaking people.

  • They settled in small city-states in present-day Lebanon.

  • There were few natural resources in their land. So, they turned to the seas.

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  • 3000 BC => First Phoenician settlement

  • 1800 BC => Under Egyptian control

  • 1600 BC => Trading with foreign cities

  • 1400 BC => Under Hittite control

  • 1200 BC => Independent & colonizing

  • 800 BC => Under Assyrians

  • 585 BC => Conquered by Nebuchadnezzar

  • 332 BC => Conquered by Alexander

  • 64 BC => Absorbed into Roman empire

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The phoenicians sailors of the mediterranean
The Phoenicians:Sailors of the Mediterranean

The Phoenicians settled on the Mediterranean Sea. They were part of the fertile crescent that extended from Mesopotamia to Egypt and beyond.

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The Phoenicians were seafaring traders.

They sailed the Mediterranean sea.

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Phoenician traders
Phoenician Traders

  • By 900 B.C., the Phoenicians dominated Mediterranean trade.

  • The Phoenicians were able to build a civilization without relying on agriculture.

  • Income generated by trade allowed the Phoenicians to build permanent settlements.

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Mediterranean as a cultural petri dish cultural diffusion
Mediterranean as a Cultural Petri Dish/Cultural Diffusion

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Murex snail

(or sea snail /

Murex Trunculus)

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Tyrian purple Quick Details Source: Murex Trunculus
Colour: PurplePlace of Origin: Phoenicia 
 Name of the colour:Tyrian royal purple

this pigment / colour is extracted from sea snails called ''Murex Trunculus’’

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G lass

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Cedar trees

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  • Tyre was famous for arts & crafts

  • crafts in stone, metal, glass, etc.

  • objects of gold, ivory, silver or glass

  • for temples and tombs

  • found throughout the Mediterranean region

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Trade export

  • Leading sailors and traders of ancient world

  • They traded:

    • Cloth

    • Dye (purple dye made from shellfish murex)

    • Glass

    • Pottery

    • Cedar trees

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T rade import
T oil, dyerade: IMPORT

  • Traded for:

    • Tin (Britannia)

    • Hides, ivory, ostrich feathers, and slaves (Africa)

    • Gold, precious stones, and spices (India)

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Coins money
COINS, MONEY oil, dye

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These are Phoenician coins. oil, dye

Phoenician money was minted

by individual cities.

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The world s first alphabet
The World’s First Alphabet oil, dye

  • The Phoenicians invented the world’s first alphabet.

  • Each of the twenty-two Phoenician alphabet symbols represented a different sound.

  • The Greeks adopted the Phoenician alphabet. From the Phoenician and Greek alphabets come our alphabet.

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An alphabet based on symbols oil, dye

representing sounds is easier to learn

than the use of characters.

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A is for ox
A is for Ox! oil, dye


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H is for fence
H is for oil, dye‘fence’

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Phoenician was an important trunk of the alphabet tree
Phoenician was an important oil, dye'trunk' of the alphabet tree


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Inventions oil, dye

Alphabet of consonants

Papyrus paper

Keeled hull



  • Use of the North Star

  • Method of charting ship speed

  • Maps and charts

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Navigation and seafaring
Navigation and Seafaring oil, dye

  • Established commercial supremacy

  • Phoenicians are credited with discovery and use of Polaris

  • Ventured where others would not

  • Carefully guarded secrets of their trade routes and discoveries and knowledge of winds and currents

  • Made up stories of sea monsters and the dangers of sea travel

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Protection from pirates
Protection from pirates oil, dye

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Did the phoenicians circumnavigate africa
Did the Phoenicians circumnavigate Africa? oil, dye

  • Some historians believe that this was possible

  • Ancient Greek historian Herodotus says Phoenicians sailed into the Red Sea

  • Since Phoenician sailors kept their sea travel knowledge secret there is little historical evidence.

  • Having the ability to do something, and doing it are two separate things.

  • Zheng He and the Chinese Treasure Fleets

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Papyrus boat ra ii 1970
Papyrus Boat: Ra II 1970 oil, dye

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Thor hyerdal and ra
Thor Hyerdal and Ra oil, dye

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Phoenician colonies
Phoenician Colonies oil, dye

  • The Phoenicians established trading colonies throughout the Mediterranean region.

  • A colony is a region controlled by a distant country.

  • Carthage was a famous Phoenician trading colony in North Africa.

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Religion oil, dye


In various cities these deities were known by different names:

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Government oil, dye

Area divided into city-states

Loose union

Kings appear to be the oldest form of government in the area.

Royal houses claimed “Devine Consent.”

Kings could not be chosen by outside members.

King’s power was limited by powerful merchant families

Some areas had a council of elders

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Leaders oil, dye

There were kings of each city-state.

King Rib-Addi of Byblos

King Abi-Miliki of Tyre

King Zimrida of Sidon

Custom for kings to be of royal blood.

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  • Abibaal-Tyre-(ended 981 BC.)

  • King Hiram-Tyre(980-947 BC.)  [enemy of Philistines, ally of Israelites]

  • Baal-Eser I-(946-930 BC.)

  • Abdastartus (929-921 BC.)

  • Astartus (920-901 BC.)

  • Deleastartus (900-889 BC.)

  • Astarymus (888-880 BC.)

  • Phelles-(879 BC.)(only for 8 months)

  • Ithobaal I-Tyre- (878-847 BC.)

  • Baal-Eser II –Tyre- (846-841 BC.)

  • Mattan I –Tyre- (840-832 BC.)

  • Azemilcus-Tyre- (332 BC.)

  • Abdalonymus –Sidon- (332 BC.)

  • Eshmunazar {Name of several Kings of Sidon}

  • Luli –Tyre- (729-694 BC.)

  • Abdi-Milkutti –Tyre- (680-677 BC.)


  • Ammunira –Beirut- Mid 14th Century BC.

  • Zakar-Baal –Byblos- during the 11th Century BC.

  • Abdemon –Cyrpus- End of the 5th Century BC.

  • Ribttadda – Byblos-

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Travel and trade encouraged cultural coast.


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Significance of phoenicia
Significance of Phoenicia coast.



Phoenicians were the first to show that colonization can be done over international waters




They introduced many products throughout the Mediterranean.

Phoenician Shipping Routes

Land of Phoenicia

Trade Routes

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