The Punic Mediterranean: Identities and Identification from Phoenician Settlement to Roman Rule

The Punic Mediterranean: Identities and Identification from Phoenician Settlement to Roman Rule

by Josephine Crawley Quinn, Nicholas C. Vella

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The role of the Phoenicians in the economy, culture and politics of the ancient Mediterranean was as large as that of the Greeks and Romans, and deeply interconnected with that 'classical' world, but their lack of literature and their oriental associations mean that they are much less well-known. This book brings state-of-the-art international scholarship on Phoenician and Punic studies to an English-speaking audience, collecting new papers from fifteen leading voices in the field from Europe and North Africa, with a bias towards the younger generation. Focusing on a series of case-studies from the colonial world of the western Mediterranean, it asks what 'Phoenician' and 'Punic' actually mean, how Punic or western Phoenician identity has been constructed by ancients and moderns, and whether there was in fact a 'Punic world'.

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ISBN-13: 9781316189399
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/04/2014
Series: British School at Rome Studies
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About the Author

Josephine Crawley Quinn is University Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Tutor of Worcester College, and works on Mediterranean history and archaeology. She has a particular interest in ancient North Africa, but has published articles on topics from Roman imperialism to Athenian sculpture to Carthaginian child sacrifice to Edwardian education, and she co-edited another volume of essays on The Hellenistic West (with Jonathan Prag, Cambridge, 2013). She co-directs, with Andrew Wilson and Elizabeth Fentress, the excavations at Utica (Tunisia) as well as, with Jonathan Prag, the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies. She is currently writing a book on Phoenicianism from Homer to the Arab Spring.

Nicholas C. Vella is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Malta. His research interests are varied and include the historiography of antiquarianism and archaeological practice in the Mediterranean, later Mediterranean prehistory, and Phoenician and Punic ritual practices. He has co-edited Debating Orientalization (2006) with Corinna Riva, and has recently published another collection of essays on the Maltese Bronze Age with Davide Tanasi. He supervised the University of Malta excavations at the Phoenician sanctuary site of Tas-Silġ in Malta between 1996 and 2005, and has co-edited the final report that is forthcoming with Peeters (Leuven). He co-directed the excavations of a small Punic shrine in Gozo (Malta) between 2005 and 2010, and is co-director of a field-walking project in Malta.

Table of Contents

Introduction Josephine Crawley Quinn and Nicholas C. Vella; Part I. Contexts: 1. Phoinix and Poenus: usage in antiquity Jonathan R. W. Prag; 2. The invention of the Phoenicians Nicholas C. Vella; 3. Punic identities and modern perceptions in the western Mediterranean Peter van Dommelen; 4. Phoenicity, Punicities Sandro Filippo Bondì; 5. Death among the Punics Carlos Gómez Bellard; 6. Coins and their use in the Punic Mediterranean Suzanne Frey-Kupper; Part II. Case Studies: 7. Defining Punic Carthage Boutheina Maraoui Telmini, Roald Docter, Babette Bechtold, Fethi Chelbi and Winfred van de Put; 8. Punic identity in North Africa: the funerary world Habib Ben Younès and Alia Krandel-Ben Younès; 9. A Carthaginian perspective on the altars of the Philaeni Josephine Crawley Quinn; 10. Numidia and the Punic world Virginie Bridoux; 11. Punic Mauretania? Emanuele Papi; 12. Punic after Punic times? The case of the so-called 'Libyphoenician' coins of southern Iberia Alicia Jiménez; 13. More than neighbours: Punic-Iberian connections in southeast Iberia Carmen Aranegui Gascó and Jaime Vives-Ferrándiz Sánchez; 14. Identifying Punic Sardinia: local communities and cultural identities Andrea Roppa; 15. Phoenician identities in Hellenistic times: strategies and negotiations Corinne Bonnet; Afterword Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

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