Malta: Phoenician, Punic & Roman
Malta’s Classical period and its archaeology have long been neglected in favour of the island’s unique prehistoric heritage. Anthony Bonanno’s Malta, Phoenician, Punic, and Roman redresses that imbalance. The Phoenicians settled in Malta around the eighth century BC. Their use of writing marked the start of the island’s history, while Malta itself became an important stop on their trade routes. the island’s Phoenician and Punic achievements are placed in their right historical perspective, in the light of the latest archaeological discoveries and of shcolarly contributions made both before and since the 1960s when their heritage started to be completely revalued.
the Romans took over the island in 218 BC. Their far from negligible cultural heritage is presented in a most readable manner, that highlights the economic, social, and political aspects of the period, which also had noteworthy artistic expressions. Malta, Phoenician, Punic, and Roman is also the outstanding literary, and pictorial record of these periods which cover over 1.500 years of Malta’s history. It artwork, maps, and over 500 images complement the written text in a superb way.
By: Anthony Bonanno
No of page: 359