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Phoenicians: The Alphabet And Carthage's Hannibal

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Explains that the seafaring Phoenicians founded several city-states, including Carthage in North Africa, as they expanded their trading network all around the Mediterranean Sea. Traces the initial success of Carthage as an answer to Hannibal's challenge. Although Carthage rose and fell, the most influential Phoenician legacy was the creation of a simple alphabet for business transactions, the same alphabet that was adopted by the Greeks, Romans, and other Western cultures.

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