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The Phoenicians The sea lords of antiquity the Phoenicians were one of the most influential group of people of all time They were however a lot different than a lot of other civilizations The biggest thing that they are known for is their seamanship They were know to have conquered the sea and as one person put it The sea called and the Phoenicians answered They mastered the art of ship making and used their skills to develop an advanced over-sea trading system with different civilizations all over the Mediterranean A lot of evidence points in favor of the Phoenicians being a true civilization but there is a lot that puts some doubt in ones mind It takes a lot of research and one has to look deep into the past of the Phoenicians to see what kind of people they were One thing that is questionable is how they became a people They are of a mixture of just about everybody and not having there own race makes having there own culture just about impossible The one thing that the Phoenicians did lack was culture with not much of a sense of tradition to bond the citizens together They also didnt have much of a diverse system of government as Phoenicia was split into city-states and those were pretty much self-governed Phoenicia does however have some things that really make it look like a thriving civilization Some of the contributions they had are just simply huge such as the development of the Greek alphabet which is somewhat related to the English alphabet and the invention of glass which is of course commonly used in our everyday lives They had a strong connection with a lot of other civilizations around the Mediterranean and were able to develop different things out of all the resources they had available to them They were very good with bronze and other metals and very good
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