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Carolina López-Ruiz
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)
Phoenician Networks in the Mediterranean from Greece to Iberia, ca. 700-500 BCE

A book-length study on the impact of Phoenician traders and colonists in the Mediterranean region during the late Iron Age, from about 700-500 BCE.

Between the eighth and early sixth centuries BCE, flourishing cultures from Greece, Italy, and Iberia engaged in a process of contact and adaptation of Near Eastern styles and technologies known as the "orientalizing" phase or "orientalizing revolution." These include tangible as well as non-material cultural capital (literacy among them). The Phoenicians in particular, in their mercantile and colonial expansion in this period, were crucial agents in this story of encounters, offering and exploiting the "oriental" models of the urban, sophisticated, complex societies of the Near East. This novel monograph will offer the first systematic, comparative treatment of this transformative period across the Mediterranean, focusing on the process through which Iron Age societies entered the first transnational cultural and economic network. It will also call into question our stark, artificial historical division between "classical" and Semitic cultures and their respective civilizing roles.

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Project fields:
Ancient History; Archaeology; Classics

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2016 – 7/31/2017