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Painting the Mediterranean Phoenician

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Painting the Mediterranean Phoenician focuses on the Canaanite-Phoenician economic systems that predominated in and determined Mediterranean history. Phoenician trade networks were sophisticated and elaborate operations that required a highly developed society and institutions in order to spread and be maintained. By tracking the manufacture, use, and shipment routes of Phoenician products, primarily those traded in amphorae and bottles but also fine-ware and their associated assemblages, a new map of Mediterranean connectivity and interrelations emerges, whose routes, operations and cultural affiliation lasted a long time. The Phoenician trade-nets are presented geographically, with special attention paid to the traceable product networks involving wine, salted fish, or perfumed oils.

Published: Feb 22, 2021

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Section Chapter Authors
List of Maps Dalit Regev
Abbreviations Dalit Regev
Preface Dalit Regev
Introduction Dalit Regev
Chapter 1
The Canaanite-Phoenician Continuum Dalit Regev
Chapter 2
Trade and Diaspora Networks Dalit Regev
Chapter 3
The Early Networks and the Canaanite-Phoenician International Style Dalit Regev
Chapter 4
Canaanite-Phoenician Style and Corpus Dalit Regev
Chapter 5
Phoenician Networks: Geographical Zones and Central Nodes Dalit Regev
Chapter 6
Phoenician Industrial Networks Dalit Regev
Chapter 7
Conclusions Dalit Regev
End Matter
Endnotes Dalit Regev
Bibliography Dalit Regev
Index Dalit Regev


...Great achievement and contribution of this work. It appears when the study of the Phoenicians is blossoming with new fresh approaches, research questions, and syntheses. Regev must be applauded for her efforts to produce such a extensive study and overview that is made up of numerous local case studies and interactions.
Review of Biblical Literature

Dalit Regev’s book on Canaanite-Phoenician trade-nets offers a thought-provoking new interpretation of maritime trade in antiquity, which according to the author was dominated by the Phoenicians. It addresses a large and complex topic that incorporates many different types of finds: pottery, metal, agricultural products and various kinds of luxury items.
Regev’s book—with its broad scope and, in part, provocative theories—will inspire important and certainly lively discussions in the years to come. Not all theories put forth in it will find consent, I believe, but I am looking forward to the debates.
Journal of Near Eastern Studies

Stimulating volume ... an interesting portrait of the Mediterranean from the perspective of Phoenician networks.
Bibliotheca Orientalis

Regev’s book serves as an exceptional resource for Phoenician presence in commercial activities across the Mediterranean basin and beyond. It is a commendable compilation of archaeological, epigraphic, and historical evidence on the Phoenicians covering a vast scope that has rarely been explored to such an extent. Her longue durée approach, spanning the Bronze Age through the Roman and Byzantine periods, aligns well with the Phoenician civilization, which is characterized by remarkable continuity throughout the ages.
Both of her recent studies significantly contribute to our knowledge of this remarkable Levantine culture that extensively influenced and shaped the early Mediterranean world. Her research sheds light on the Phoenicians’ far-reaching impact and enriches our understanding of their historical significance.
Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies