The antique city of Massilia had surely never, since the days of the earliest Phoenicians
, known an odder set of ship-owners.
, the Carthagenians, the English, Moors, Romans, all have battled for Tangier--all have won it and lost it.
It was a very dark night and nobody saw us; it was not known, therefore, that I had killed him, but as soon as I had done so I went to a ship and besought the owners, who were Phoenicians
, to take me on board and set me in Pylos or in Elis where the Epeans rule, giving them as much spoil as satisfied them.
With these in troop Came ASTORETH, whom the PHOENICIANS
call'd ASTARTE, Queen of Heav'n, with crescent Horns; To whose bright Image nightly by the Moon SIDONIAN Virgins paid their Vows and Songs, In SION also not unsung, where stood Her Temple on th' offensive Mountain, built By that uxorious King, whose heart though large, Beguil'd by fair Idolatresses, fell To Idols foul.
There was a pretty legend among the Phoenicians
that the pieces of amber were the petrified tears of maidens who had thrown themselves into the sea because of unrequited love, and each bead of amber was highly prized.
It would hold six measures, and far exceeded all others in the whole world for beauty; it was the work of cunning artificers in Sidon, and had been brought into port by Phoenicians
from beyond the sea, who had made a present of it to Thoas.
Thus, in order to enunciate here only summarily, a law which it would require volumes to develop: in the high Orient, the cradle of primitive times, after Hindoo architecture came Phoenician architecture, that opulent mother of Arabian architecture; in antiquity, after Egyptian architecture, of which Etruscan style and cyclopean monuments are but one variety, came Greek architecture (of which the Roman style is only a continuation), surcharged with the Carthaginian dome; in modern times, after Romanesque architecture came Gothic architecture.
In the Phoenician, one feels the merchant; in the Greek, the republican; in the Gothic, the citizen.
The arch of the doorway was richly carved, but naturally I did not observe the carving very narrowly, though I fancied I saw suggestions of old Phoenician
decorations as I passed through, and it struck me that they were very badly broken and weather- worn.
I was, I remember, listening open-eared to all these wonders, for I was young at the time, and this story of an ancient civilisation and of the treasures which those old Jewish or Phoenician
adventurers used to extract from a country long since lapsed into the darkest barbarism took a great hold upon my imagination, when suddenly he said to me, 'Lad, did you ever hear of the Suliman Mountains up to the north-west of the Mushakulumbwe country?
Nothing new, I replied; only an old Phoenician
tale of what has often occurred before now in other places, (as the poets say, and have made the world believe,) though not in our time, and I do not know whether such an event could ever happen again, or could now even be made probable, if it did.
Over the next 900 years, Phoenicians
spread across the Mediterranean, establishing settlements in North Africa, Spain, southern Italy, Malta and Cyprus.