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Ancient History of Malta

Ayşe Devrim Atauz

in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031798
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031798.003.0002
Ancient History of Malta

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This chapter discusses the period of Maltese prehistory when the first settlers arrived on the Maltese Islands. However, it is noted that seafaring activity in the Mediterranean dates back to about 10,000 B.C., and evidence shows that human beings had developed the ability to navigate the Mediterranean very early in the history of the region. After examining this prehistoric period, the chapter moves on to the arrival of the Phoenicians, who colonized the island and viewed it as a convenient location as a provisioning point for the merchantmen sailing between eastern ports and western destinations. The chapter ends with an examination of the Roman Period and the conquest of the Arabs.

Keywords: Maltese prehistory; Maltese Islands; Mediterranean; colonize; Phoenicians; Roman period; Arabs; seafaring activity

Chapter.  13156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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