The Phoenician Alphabet in Archaeology

These Phoenicians who came with Cadmus…brought with them to Greece, among many other kinds of learning, the alphabet, which had been unknown before this, I think, to the Greeks.—Herodotus 5.58        Herodotus’s story of the foundation of Greek Thebes by the Tyrian prince Cadmus may be more myth than history, but the detail …

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The caliphate strikes back

The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra shows that the jihadists are still in business May 23rd 2015  FOR months Iraqis were told that Islamic State (IS) was on the way out. In April Haider al-Abadi, the prime minister, declared he had won the “psychological battle” after chasing the jihadists from Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s old hometown. …