Long before the Greeks and Romans, Phoenician sailors and traders built the first city states, invented the alphabet, discovered the pole star, and colonized the west. There’s no evidence that they saw themselves as a political, ethnic or cultural group, but ‘being Phoenician’ has been a powerful tool in the invention of new pasts for new polities ever since, from imperial Rome to the Irish enlightenment to postcolonial nationalism in the twentieth century. This talk explores the long history of Phoenician ethnicity and nationhood.
Speaker: Josephine Quinn (University of Oxford)
Humanities & Identities
The Long History of Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood
Open to all