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Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674988187

Publication Date: 01/04/2022


440 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

26 photos, 5 maps


[A] substantial and important contribution…to the ancient history of the Mediterranean. López-Ruiz’s work does justice to the Phoenicians’ role in shaping Mediterranean culture by providing rational and factual argumentation and by setting the record straight.—Hélène Sader, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

For generations, the Phoenicians have been an invisible culture, overwritten by Greek historians. Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean restores their rightful position as the principal engine of the early Iron Age, connecting the eastern Mediterranean to North Africa and Spain. With a light touch and a masterful command of the literature, López-Ruiz replaces old ideas with a subtle and more accurate account of the extensive cross-cultural exchange patterns and economy driven by the Phoenician trade networks that ‘re-wired’ the Mediterranean world. A must read.—J. G. Manning, author of The Open Sea

A call to recognize the role of the Phoenicians and acknowledge our own preconceptions and prejudices about ancient history, López-Ruiz’s magnum opus will not only revolutionize our understanding of the Early Iron Age Mediterranean but also how we write the history of this region in the future.—Denise Demetriou, author of Negotiating Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean

López-Ruiz weaves together evidence from diverse scholarly fields to spotlight the central role played by Phoenicians in shaping the ancient Mediterranean world. The result is a study as rich as the Phoenicians’ own famed luxury arts.—Tamar Hodos, author of The Archaeology of the Mediterranean Iron Age

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