Phoenicia was an ancient civilization within the north of ancient Canaan, with its heartland along the coastal plains of what is in a minute Lebanon. Phoenician civilization was an enterprising oceanic trading culture that spread right across the Mediterranean during the first millennium BC. Though ancient boundaries of such city-centered cultures fluctuated, the city of Tyre seems to hold been the southernmost. Sarepta between Sidon and Tyre, is the most thoroughly excavated city of the Phoenician homeland. Although the populace of the region called themselves the Canaani or Kenaani, the autograph Phoenicia became adjectives thanks to the Greeks who call the land Phoiniki - Φοινκη (Phoiníkē; see also List of traditional Greek place names); the Greek word for Phoenician be synonymous with the colour purple/red or crimson, φονιξ (phoinix), through its close association near the famous dye Tyrian purple (cf also Phoenix). The dye be used in ancient textile trade, and outstandingly desired. The Phoenicians became set as the 'Purple People'. The Phoenicians often traded by manner of a galley, which is a man-powered ship.
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