It has Phoenician ruins, Roman artefacts, a medieval castle, Byzantine-style churches and arcaded Ottoman souks; however, its heritage is still waiting to be uncovered. The origins of Batroun, one of Lebanon’s ancient coastal cities, is still not known but is believed to date to before the time of the Phoenicians who ruled much of the eastern Mediterranean from 1,500BC to 300BC.
“There is a controversy over Batroun’s origins. Some say it is Phoenician; others say it is Roman, and others say it dates from the time of the Crusaders. The truth is we don’t know. There is a civilisation underneath the ground that we have not discovered yet,” said Georges Mubarak, an excavator and former Greenpeace activist from Batroun.
A prize named after Elissa, the ancient Queen of Carthage, will be granted to two women who conduct research about the Phoenicians. The celebrations will culminate in the opening of a virtual museum, which will be available for online visitors. … read more
Although the historical sources present some difficulties of interpretation, the Phoenician Religion was remarkably constant, almost certainly due to the geography of the region where the Phoenicians were contained on the narrow coast of the Levant and backed by the … read more
The new underground displays range from prehistory to the Ottoman Empire and include 31 Phoenician anthropoid sarcophagi carved in marble (sixth-century BC to fourth-century BC), the world’s largest such collection, and the second-century Roman tomb of Tyre, whose frescoed surfaces … read more
Despite the significant impact of their culture on Western civilization — they introduced the first alphabetic writing system – the Phoenicians faded from history after being defeated in a series of wars with Rome. They then remained somewhat elusive.“We still … read more
Narrowly confined in their homeland between the mountains and the sea, the Phoenicians spread out, establishing colonies across the Mediterranean. One of the first was Kition on the island of Cyprus. The most successful Phoenician colony in the west was … read more
Look through that alphabet, that old ancient Phoenician alphabet, and see if you can see things. I mean, I rather like the “D.” You know, our capital “D,” which is a straight line with a semi-circle, seems to have begun … read more
Alan Boyle from NBC reports that archaeologists have found a treasure trove of ancient artifacts at a dig in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, including a statue of a Phoenician priest dating back more than 2,500 years. “Nothing comparable … read more
“6000 Years of Peaceful Contributions to Mankind” كتاب عن تراث اسلافه الغني، الفينيقيون. كتب في الأصل باللغة الفرنسية على يد شارل قرم، وقدم في مؤتمر عام 1949 في الجمعية العامة – الاونيسكو. قام بترجمة هذا الاصدار إلى اللغة الإنجليزية، واستكملها … read more
Photo and text: Gass Kodsi on Facebook. Sir Gardener Wilkinson about the Phoenician dance THE DANCE-Historic Illustrations of Dancing from 3300 B.C. to 1911 A.D. Phoenician ,Egyptian, Assyrian, Hebrew Dancing. Description of Dancing from Sir Gardener Wilkinson; of the Egyptian … read more
Our day started on the furthest western part of Sicily. We took a short boat trip into the Stagnone di Marsala lagoon to the ruins of the ancient Phoenician walled city Mozia. The top photo is a view of the … read more
It’s interesting how modern this looks… modern in the “this could have been carved away just days ago!” sense. Just like the great pyramids of Giza, some historical sites hold up better than others, and this seems to be one of … read more