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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient maritime country of southwest Asia consisting of city-states along the eastern Mediterranean Sea in present-day Syria and Lebanon. Its people became the foremost navigators and traders of the Mediterranean by 1250 B.C. and established numerous colonies, including Carthage in northern Africa. The Phoenicians traveled to the edges of the known world at the time and introduced their alphabet, based on symbols for sounds rather than cuneiform or hieroglyphic representations, to the Greeks and other early peoples. Phoenicia's culture was gradually absorbed by Persian and later Hellenistic civilizations.

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  • proper n. the land of city states of the Phoenicians which around 1000 BC was situated on the coast of present day Syria and Lebanon, and included the cities of Tyre and Sidon.
  • proper n. the trading empire of the Phoenicians which spread across most of the eastern Mediterranean Sea as far west as Sicily.

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  • n. an ancient maritime country (a collection of city states) at eastern end of the Mediterranean

Etymologies

Latin, from Phœnice ‘Phoenicia’, learned borrowing from Ancient Greek Φοινίκη (Phoiníkē), from φοίνικι (phoíniki) ‘Phoenicians’, from Mycenaean Greek po-ni-ki-jo, from Egyptian fnḫw (fenhku) ‘Canaanites, Syrians’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Baalath, &c. There was a river "Belus," in Phoenicia Proper.] [Footnote 5181: Gesenius, _Monumenta Phoenicia_, pp. 311, 312.] [Footnote 5182: Ibid.p. 311.] [Footnote 5183: I.e. towards the north-east, in the Propontis and the

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  • Pericles, the young Prince (ruler) of Tyre in Phoenicia (Lebanon), hears the riddle, and instantly understands its meaning: Antiochus is engaged in an incestuous relationship with his daughter.

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  • Among the highlights, a silver didrachm from Akragas (lot #9) brought $630 against a pre-auction estimate of $300 while a silver shekel from Byblos in Phoenicia (Lot 50) estimated at $750 brought $1050.

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  • Snow asked, “Did you call Phoenicia last night, Nick?”

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  • The word Phoenicia, which occurs twice in the New Testament -- (Acts 11: 19; 15: 3) -- is in all probability derived from the Greek word for a palm.

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  • But while the name Phoenicia is applied geographically to this long extent -- nearly 400 miles -- of coast-line, historically and ethnically it has to be reduced within considerably narrower limits.

    History of Phoenicia

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  • I sailed to Tyre in Phoenicia, having learned that there was there a specially holy shrine of Heracles; I saw it indeed, very richly decorated and with many dedicatory offerings … I talked with the priests of the god there and asked them how long it was since the shrine was established … they said that the shrine had been founded at the same time as Tyre was settled and that people had lived in Tyre for twenty-three hundred years.

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  • "The name Phoenicia is of uncertain origin, though it may be derived from Fenkhu, the name given in the Egyptian inscriptions to the natives of Palestine.

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