Unformatted text preview: • Major cities – Tyre and Sidon • Land extended from S. Syria to S. Lebanon, or Tarsus to Giza • Never formed a single nation • Known for: trading routes, mastery of sea, Carthage (founded approx. 1800 BC), (Traded in: silk, metalwork, jewelry, glass), red/purple dye, (alphabet – phonetic alphabet, where our alphabet comes from) • Prosperous people – from all the trading, Aramaeans : • Semi-nomadic people, from northest of Syrian desert, settled on fringes of that desert • Become prominent because of proximity to other important groups – language is adopted by many people – a common language • Language becomes common language of Ancient Near East • Used the Phoenician alphabet • No empires, no great kings, no conquering • Famous for what they pass on rather than what they impose...
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- Fertile Crescent, Phoenicia, Canaan, Tomb of Sennedjem, Deir el-Medina Houses