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The Phoenicians (1500–300 B.C.) | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art




According to ancient classical authors, the Phoenicians were a people who occupied the coast of the Levant (eastern Mediterranean). Their major cities were Tyre, Sidon, Byblos, and Arwad. All were fiercely independent, rival cities and, unlike the neighboring inland states, the Phoenicians represented a confederation of maritime traders rather than a defined country


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Local traders and transporters burn tyres and block the highway between Pakistan and Afghanistan to protest their treatment at the hands of custom and security forces

Deepak Traders A Tyre Shop In Hoshangabad

Q Files Encyclopedia | The Phoenicians were Mediterranean traders active between 1,500 and 300 BCE. They founded the cities of Sidon and Tyre on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in modern day Lebanon. They were descended from the Canaanites and became known as Phoenicians - from the Greek word phoinos which means red, after the reddish purple dye they traded. The Phoenicians founded city-states, each of which was independent but might enter into alliances with others.

Purple is always such a popular colour however I didn't know that it's elite status comes from rarity and cost of the dye that was originally used to produce it. It came from the Phoenician trading city of Tyre (now Lebanon) and fabric traders got the dye from a small mollusc only found in that region. More than 9000 molluscs were needed to create just one gram of Tyrian purple! {Now wouldn't that be a good trivia question!} Since only wealthy rulers could afford to buy it purple became…

Angry protesters burn tyres during protest demonstration of traders community against electricity load-shedding at Gulberg area in Lahore on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Kalbelia (Rajasthan) ... Having spent a little time learning about the Amazigh people (popularly called bedouin or berber,) I have found that their language is today quite close to ancient Phoenician. The Phoenicians were the great traders of the ancient world.


This massive 3x6m dual-branded marquee is a perfect example of space utility. Never a dull moment underneath the Harvest and Hallmax Australian Tyre Traders marquee by Star Outdoor. It's highly informative, very efficient and a great value for money. Get a custom-branded marquee for your event at