The Phoenicians Travelled to Britain

Source: The Phoenicians (1500–300 B.C.) | Essay | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Met Museum) 2004 A.D.

From the source, “By the late eighth century B.C., the Phoenicians, alongside the Greeks, had founded trading posts around the entire Mediterranean and excavations of many of these centers have added significantly to our understanding of Phoenician culture. Sea traders from Phoenicia and Carthage (a Phoenician colony traditionally founded in 814 B.C.) even ventured beyond the Strait of Gibraltar as far as Britain in search of tin. However, much of our knowledge about the Phoenicians during the Iron Age (ca. 1200–500 B.C.) and later is dependent on the Hebrew Bible, Assyrian records, and Greek and Latin authors. For example, according to the Greek historian Herodotus, Phoenician sailors, at the request of the pharaoh Necho II (r. ca. 610–595 B.C.), circumnavigated Africa.”

This source highlights the vast traversal dominion that the Phoenicians (Canaanites, Israelites, and Egyptians) had. This source confirms the high level of interconnectivity that existed in the ancient Mediterranean Basin. It can be argued that the Phoenicians mixed amongst the populaces they had interactions with, as well.

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