Tartessos and the Phoenicians in Iberia by Sebastian Celestino

Tartessos and the Phoenicians in Iberia

bySebastian Celestino, Carolina Lopez-Ruiz

Hardcover | September 24, 2016

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This is the first book in English about the earliest historical civilization in the western Mediterranean, known as "Tartessos."Endowed with extraordinary wealth in metals and strategically positioned between the Atlantic and Mediterranean trading routes at the time of Greek and Phoenician colonial expansion, Tartessos flourished in the eight-seventh centuries BCE. Tartessos became a literate, sophisticated, urban culture insouthwestern Iberia (today's Spain and Portugal), enriched by commercial contacts with the Aegean and the Levant since at least the ninth century. In its material culture (architecture, grave goods, sanctuaries, plastic arts), we see how native elements combined with imported "orientalizing"innovations introduced by the Phoenicians. Historians of the rank of Herodotos and Livy, geographers such as Strabo and Pliny, Greek and Punic periploi and perhaps even Phoenician and Hebrew texts, testify to the power, wealth, and prominence of this westernmost Mediterranean civilization. Archaeologists, in turn, have demonstrated the existence of a fascinating complex society with both strong local roots and international flare. Yet for still-mysterious reasons, Tartessos did not attain a "Classical" period like its peer emerging cultures did at the same time (Etruscans, Romans,Greeks). This book combines the expertise of its two authors in archaeology, philology, and cultural history to present a comprehensive, coherent, theoretically up-to-date, and informative overview of the discovery, sources, and debates surrounding this puzzling culture of ancient Iberia and its complexhybrid identity vis-a-vis the western Phoenicians. This book will be of great interest to students of the classics, archaeology and ancient history, Phoenician-Punic studies, colonization and cultural contact.

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Sebastian Celestino is a full time researcher at the CSIC (Spain) and the Director of the Institute of Archaeology of Merida (Badajoz). He has been active as a field archaeologist for decades and has directed, among others, the excavations of Cancho Roano. He has published abundantly on Iberian porto-history and archaeology, and Tartes...
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Title:Tartessos and the Phoenicians in IberiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.03 inPublished:September 24, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199672741

ISBN - 13:9780199672745

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Table of Contents

1. In search of Tartessos2. Tartessos in Greek Geography and Historiography3. Tartessos through Carthaginian and Roman Lenses4. The Far West in Mythological and Biblical Sources5. Early Cross-Cultural Contacts6. Human and Industrial Landscapes7. Religious Spaces and Ritual Life8. Art and Technology in TartessosEpilogue: Tartessic questions