n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The perception of Carthage in Classical Greek historiography

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The Phoenicians, ancestors of the Carthaginians, first appear in early Greek sources. Homer refers to them as Sidonians in the and Phoenicians in the . The term Phoenicians was invented by the Greeks as a collective denomination for the inhabitants of the Syrian coastal towns such as Tyre, Sidon, Biblos and Berytus. This term has become common usage.


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