Phoenician Maritime Trade and Cultural Exchange

Teaching Material

Taleen Aktorosian
published on 14 March 2024
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This lesson plan has two parts. During the first part, students will watch a video introducing the Phoenicians and answer the questions on Worksheet #1. In the second part, students will participate in a trading simulation activity which will end in a discussion period about the cultural impact of Phoenician maritime trade.

Students will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How did the geographical location of Phoenician cities contribute to their success in maritime trade?
  • What were the key goods traded by the Phoenicians, and how did these exchanges impact both Phoenician society and the civilizations they traded with?
  • In what ways did Phoenician maritime trade contribute to the spread of culture throughout the Mediterranean?

Includes teacher instructions, worksheets and answer keys.

The Phoenician Expansion c. 11th to 6th centuries BCE
The Phoenician Expansion c. 11th to 6th centuries BCE
Simeon Netchev (CC BY-NC-SA)

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About the Author

Taleen Aktorosian
Taleen is a librarian and educator with a passion for ancient cultures, particularly those of the Near East, Anatolia, and the Caucasus regions. She is committed to promoting lifelong learning and providing quality educational content for all.

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