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The Social History of Achaemenid Phoenicia: Being a Phoenician, Negotiating Empires
Jigoulov, Vadim

London: Equinox, 2010 pp. viii + 276. $95.00


Description: Even though the Persian period has attracted a fair share of scholarly interest in recent years, as yet no concerted effort has been attempted to construct a comprehensive social history of Phoenician city-states as an integral part of the Achaemenid empire. The Social History of Achaemenid Phoenicia explores the evidence from Persian-period literary (both ancient Jewish and classical), epigraphic, and numismatic sources, as well as material culture remains, to sketch just such a history. This book examines developments in the Persian-period Phoenician city-states on three levels: that of the individual household, the city-state, and the administrative unit of the Persian empire. These three societal levels are analyzed within the contexts of economic competition between and among the Phoenician city-states, their burgeoning economic ties with the outside world, and their interaction with Persian imperial influence in the Levant.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Persian Period


Review by S. Rebecca Martin
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Published 9/23/2012
Citation: S. Rebecca Martin, review of Vadim Jigoulov, The Social History of Achaemenid Phoenicia: Being a Phoenician, Negotiating Empires, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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