Ep. 025 – Carthage: A New (City) Hope

This week we follow the fleeing Elissa, princess of Tyre, to Qart-ḥadašt, the "New City" that would come into wider fame as Carthage. We start with some talk of the mythical founding of Carthage, some conjecture about when the city was really founded, and an overview of the city's early growth. Then, we look at two Phoenician shipwrecks discovered over 33 nautical miles off Asheklon, Israel. The Tanit and Elissa are two of the oldest Phoenician shipwrecks discovered to date, and then can tell us a fair amount about Phoenician shipping practices, also about their religious practices in relation to maritime travel. Another long episode with the Phoenicians it is!

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  4 comments for “Ep. 025 – Carthage: A New (City) Hope

  1. Doug
    August 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Another great episode, Brandon! Listened to it twice!

    • Brandon Huebner
      September 15, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks, Doug! I’ve listened to a few of your episodes more than once too, I may go back through all 25 of yours as a ‘quarter-century’ remembrance too! haha… But definitely listening to ‘Lyrical Ballistics’ tomorrow at the least to help get me through Friday at the office 🙂


  2. Eugene Alonso
    October 27, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Hi, this was a very enlightening episode. What is the name of the podcast you recommended at the end of the edition of this one? I could not get the name correctly. Thanks and keep up the great work.

    • Brandon Huebner
      October 31, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Eugene. Glad you enjoyed the episode! The podcast I mentioned is called ‘Literature and History’. I think you’ll really enjoy it! Here’s a link to the main website where you can find all the important info and links: http://literatureandhistory.com.

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