The Phoenicians: Maritime Explorers and Traders of 5th-2nd Century BC

Ref: C2228589

The course will look at the geographical origins of the Phoenician people and how they made the best of their limited resources. Shipbuilding, navigation, settlement, manufacturing and traded goods will all be examined from an archaeological viewpoint. How one major settlement led to a new Mediterranean power in the west which profoundly affected our history - Punic Carthage.

Course aim

This course will introduce students to the history, archaeology and art of the Phoenician peoples. Their achievements in navigation, settlement, manufacturing and trade to creating a unique culture in the western Mediterranean - the Punic peoples.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Show where the Phoenician peoples originated from
  • Describe how their shipbuilding techniques allowed major voyages to be undertaken.
  • List the sorts of merchandise Phoenician ships carried and where those goods originated.
  • Outline Punic state formation.
  • Why did Cato describe Carthage as 'a dagger pointing at the heart of Rome'?

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, email address and access to 'Canvas' the WEAs on line learning platform. Course support and references are delivered through 'Canvas'.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Phoenicians: Maritime Explorers and Traders of 5th-2nd Century BC


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