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For what activity are the Phoenicians most known?
Phoenicia thrived as a maritime trader and manufacturing center from c. 1500-332 BCE and was highly regarded for their skill in ship-building, glass-making, the production of dyes, and an impressive level of skill in the manufacture of luxury and common goods.
What kind of trade were the Phoenicians known for?
Phoenician exports included cedar and pine wood, fine linen from Tyre, Byblos, and Berytos, cloths dyed with the famous Tyrian purple (made from the snail Murex), embroideries from Sidon, wine, metalwork and glass, glazed faience, salt, and dried fish. In addition, the Phoenicians conducted an important transit trade.
What did the Phoenicians make and then trade?
Along with their famous purple dyes, Phoenician sailors traded textiles, wood, glass, metals, incense, papyrus, and carved ivory. It was a center of the trade of papyrus, a common writing material in the ancient world. They also traded wine, spices, salted fish and other food.
What did the Phoenicians do for entertainment?
The Phoenicians loved both entertainment and setting the ambiance for a night of feasting and fun after a long voyage. However, you don’t have to hoist up a large marquee and hire an entire dance troupe to set the tone for a pitch perfect event. “Use both music and scent,” Venesa says.
What was the most profitable Phoenician product?
The Phoenicians made huge profits selling high-end luxury items like purple cloth. Cedar from Lebanon, a highly valued building material, was also quite profitable. They also moved large amounts of wine and olive oil. Trading posts eventually grew into colonies.
What are two reasons the Phoenicians become great traders?
Consequently, the Phoenicians not only imported what they needed and exported what they themselves cultivated and manufactured but they could also act as middlemen traders transporting goods such as papyrus, textiles, metals, and spices between the many civilizations with whom they had contact.
What made Tyrian purple so desirable?
Because of the time-consuming production process, the huge number of shells required, and striking colour range of finished articles, such dyed textiles were, of course, a luxury item. As a consequence, Tyrian purple became a status symbol representing power, prestige and wealth.