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Bou Kornein

(101 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] The c. 550 m high massif over the eastern shore of the bay of Tunis holds between its two distinctive peaks (Verg. Aen. 1,162f. vastae rupes geminique minantur [1]) an important sanctuary of Saturnus Balcaranensis (Punic Baal Qarnēm, ‘Baal of the two horns’), from the Roman imperial period but based on Punic tradition. Picture-steles ( c. 600 preserved) of dedication basically belong to two different groups: either popular-‘neo-Punic’ with symbolic pictures or conventional Roman sacrificial scenes. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography 1 H. G. Niemeye…

Bitia

(78 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Von Ptol. 3,3,3 unter dem Namen Biqia erwähnte, im 7.Jh. v.Chr. gegründete phöniz. Niederlassung an der Südküste Sardiniens mit Akropolis und Hafen. Neben der am Meer gelegenen Nekropole mit Brandgräbern des 7./6.Jh. und Körpergräbern des 6.-2.Jh. v.Chr. Reste eines Heiligtums mit Tempel, vielleicht des Ešmun. Aus einem Votivdepot stammen viele Terrakotten eines von Ibiza und Karthago bekannten Typs. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography DCPP, s.v. B., 73f.  M.L. Uberti, Le figurine fittili di Bithia, 1973.

Mogador

(118 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Größte Insel (40 ha) eines der Atlantikküste Süd-Marokkos vorgelagerten kleinen Archipels gegenüber der Hafenstadt Essaouira (urspr. auch eine Insel), die verm. identisch ist mit den insulae purpurariae (Plin. nat. 6,201; 203), auf denen Iuba [2] II. Färbereien einrichtete. Phönizier gründeten hier ausweislich der gefundenen Keramik (z.T. mit phöniz. Graffiti!) im 7. Jh. eine Faktorei, die bis zum Ende des 6. Jh.v.Chr. bestand. Afrika (mit Karte) Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Lipiński, s.v. M., DCPP, 296  M.G. Amadasi Guzzo, Notes sur…

Ebusos

(150 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] (Ἔβουσος). Die größere Insel der beiden Pityussai (“Fichteninseln”) Ibiza und Formentera wurde nach den arch. Funden um die Mitte des 7. Jh.v.Chr. zunächst durch phönizische Kolonisten aus der Meerenge von Gibraltar unter dem Namen ybšm besiedelt. Die von Diod. 5,16,1-3 überlieferte Gründung durch Karthago meint offenbar einen etwa 100 J. späteren Expansionsakt der nordafrikanischen Metropole. Dank der herausragenden Lage wurde die Stadt E. ein bedeutender punischer Umschlagplatz mit Akropolis, Hafenquartieren (…

Hiram I.

(187 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] König von Tyros (ca. 962-929 v.Chr.), der Name abgekürzt von phönik. Aḥīram (“mein Bruder ist erhaben”), bekannt v.a. durch die gemeinsam mit König Salomon von Jerusalem als “joint ventures” ausgesandten Handelsexpeditionen nach Ophir (Indien? Ostafrika? 1 Kg 9,26-28) und Taršiš (im Westen der Iberischen Halbinsel, Tartessos; 1 Kg 10,22, vgl. Ez 27,12) [1. 251]. Nach glaubwürdigen, u.a. bei Iosephos (c. Ap. 1,109-121) erh. Nachrichten war er in Tyros als Städtebauer tätig und errichtete u.a…

Morro de Mezquitilla

(113 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Auf einer Anhöhe über der Mündung des Río Algarrobo 6 km östl. von Vélez-Málaga (Südspanien) gelegene phöniz. Niederlassung, im frühen 8. Jh.v.Chr. an der Stelle einer kupferzeitl. Siedlung gegründet. Die zugehörigen Nekropolen lagen wohl z.T. auf der anderen (westl.) Seite des Flusses, wo ein architekturgeschichtlich bedeutendes Kammergrab des 7. Jh.v.Chr. erh. ist und weitere nachgewiesen sind (Trayamar). Nekropolen Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography H.G. Niemeyer, H. Schubart, Trayamar. Die phöniz. Kammergräber und die Niederlass…

Cap Bon

(138 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Die den Golf von Tunis nach Osten abschließende Halbinsel, weithin von fruchtbarem Gartenland bedeckt (Diod. 10,8,3-4; Pol. 1,29,7), war wohl bereits im 5.Jh. v.Chr. Teil der karthag. Chora und von Küstenfestungen (Aspis/Clupea, h. Kélibia, Ras ed-Drek [Hermaia? Strab. 17,3,16], Ras el-Fortass) geschützt. Die fast völlig ausgegrabene pun. Kleinstadt Kerkouane an der Ostküste ist beispielhaft für die Prosperität des C.B. unter karthag. Herrschaft. Hierfür waren auch die Steinbrüche bei El Haouaria im Norden von Bedeutung. Die Halbinsel, Schauplatz …

Byrsa

(83 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[English version] Üblicher Name (lat., griech. bursa, “Rindshaut”) für die Akropolis von Karthago, angeblich in Erinnerung an Didos legendären Landkauf (‘soviel eine Rindhaut decken kann) für die Gründung der Stadt, oder ältester ON (Serv. Aen. 1,70: Carthago ante B., post Tyros dicta est), unter Mißverständnis eines phöniz. Toponyms bir-ša (“Schafsbrunnen”). Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Lipiński, B., in: Actes du IVe colloque international sur l'histoire et archéologie de l'Afrique du Nord. Strassbourg 1988, 1990, 123-130.  Ders., in: DCPP, s.v. B., 83f.

Tamuda

(61 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Small Mauretanian rural town (3rd to 1st cents. BC) at Tétouan (in Morocco) near the coast (of the Mare Ibericum), with strong Carthaginian influences (forms of burial, coin minting). Earliest archaeological evidence from the 6th cent. BC; in the Roman Imperial period the site of a military camp. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography M. Ponsich, s. v. T., DCPP, 436.

Rachgoun

(90 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] A small island at the mouth of the Wādī Tafna (Latin Siga) in western Algeria, R. is the site of the extensive necropolis of the Mauretanian Punic city of Siga and, on the southern side, of a small Punic merchant settlement dating to the 7th-5th century BC; according to the finds, there were particularly close links with Phoenician factories on the southern coast of Spain. Syphax Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography S. Lancel, É. Lipiński, s. v. R., DCPP, 369  G. Vuillemot, Reconnaissances aux échelles puniques d'Oranie, 1965.

Morro de Mezquitilla

(127 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Phoenician settlement of the early 8th cent. BC, founded on the site of a Copper Age settlement on a height overlooking the mouth of the Río Algarrobo, 6 km east of Vélez-Málaga (southern Spain). Its associated necropolises were probably partly on the opposite (western) bank of the river, where a 7th-cent. BC chamber tomb, significant from an architectural point of view, is preserved, along with evidence of others (Trayamar). Necropolis Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography H.G. Niemeyer, H. Schubart, Trayamar. Die phönizischen Kammergräber und die N…

Hiram I

(188 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] King of Tyre ( Tyrus) ( c. 962-929 BC). The name is shortened from the Phoenician Aḥīram (‘my brother is exalted’); known primarily for the trading expeditions sent as ‘joint ventures’ with King Solomon of Jerusalem to Ophir (India? East Africa? 1 Kg 9:26-28) and Tarsish (in the west of the Iberian peninsula,  Tartessus; 1 Kg 10:22, cf. Ez 27:12) [1. 251]. According to reliable surviving reports, including Josephus (Ap. 1,109-121), he was an active urban builder in Tyre and erected new temples f…

Byrsa

(95 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Usual name (Lat., Greek bursa, ‘cow hide’) for the acropolis of  Carthage, supposedly as a reminder of Dido's legendary purchase of land (‘as much as a cow hide can cover’) for the foundation of the town, or oldest place name (Serv. Aen. 1,70: Carthago ante Byrsa, post Tyros dicta est), as a result of misunderstanding the Phoenician toponym bir-ša (‘Sheep's well’). Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Lipiński, B., in: Actes du IVe colloque international sur l'histoire et archéologie de l'Afrique du Nord. Strassbourg 1988, 1990, 123-130. Id., in: DCPP, s…

Mogador

(133 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Largest island (40 ha) of one of the small archipelagos of the Atlantic coast of southern Morocco opposite the port of Essaouira (originally also an island), which is presumably identical with the  insulae purpurariae (Plin. HN 6,201; 203), on which Iuba [2] II established dyeing workshops. In the 7th cent., as evidenced by ceramics found (some with Phoenician graffiti!), Phoenicians founded a trading post there, which existed until the end of the 6th cent. BC. Africa (with map) Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Lipiński, s.v. M., DCPP, 296  M.G. Amada…

Toscanos

(333 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Colonization (Μαινάκη/ Mainákē?; Lat. M(a)enaca, Maenoba?). Modern name of a Phoenician settlement to the west of Torre del Mar (province of Málaga in Spain) at the mouth of the Río de Vélez, with a protected harbour; a pass leads into the highlands and the mining regions around Jaén. Excavations (1964-1986) discovered a trading post founded c. 730 BC by the Phoenicians. The settlement, which flourished in the 7th cent., extended to the Cerro del Peñón (94 m) to the west, where at a moderate elevat…

Tas Silġ

(128 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] Large rural sanctuary to Juno/Astarte on the Gulf of Marsaxlokk in the southeast of Malta (Melite [7]), originally dedicated to the mother goddess of the indigenous megalith culture of the Copper Age (3rd millennium BC), from no later than the 8th/7th cent. the site of a Phoenician cult of štrt/ Astarte, who is named in inscriptions on votive gifts. Plundered by Verres during his period in office as propraetor of Sicily (Cic. Verr. 2,4,103 f.: fanum Iunonis), it was extended in the Roman period, then abandoned in the 2nd cent. AD. An early mediaeval m…

Grotta Regina

(63 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] A cult cave on the north-eastern slope of Monte Gallo near Palermo ( c. 180 m above sea-level) used since prehistoric times. According to Punic inscriptions and paintings (5th-1st cents. BC, among these Tinnit symbols) on the walls, underworld and fertility gods were worshipped here.  Tinnit Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography G. Coacci Polselli, M. G. Guzzo Amadasi, V. Tusa, Grotta Regina ─ II, 1979.

Antas

(88 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Phoenicians, Poeni Sanctuary of a local god (Babay or Babai?) in south-west Sardinia, called Sid Addir in Punic inscriptions and Sardus Pater in Roman ones. The cult image is a rock memorial in an initially open courtyard, in a temenos. A temple is erected in the 3rd cent. BC and again under Caracalla. Many votive offerings. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography E. Acquaro et al., Ricerche puniche ad Antas, 1996 G. Tore, s. v. A., in: DCPP, 33-34.

Bosa

(55 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] This item can be found on the following maps: Phoenicians, Poeni Finding-place of two high archaic Phoenician inscriptions (8th cent. BC) at the mouth of the Temo on the western coast of Sardinia. Apparently mentioned in Ptol. 3,3,7 and in It. Ant. 83,8. Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bibliography DCPP, s.v. B., 77.

Monte Sirai

(134 words)

Author(s): Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg)
[German version] A settlement which was founded in the 8th cent. BC on an indigenous Nuragic Age site situated on a hilltop at the natural entrance to the ore-rich Iglesiente in the south-west of Sardinia, north-east of the Phoenician settlement of Sulcis; Sardinia). It was taken over by Carthage at the end of the 6th cent. and the partly preserved walls were built in the 4th cent. The civil settlement (five insulae with narrow buildings) initially flourishing after the conquest by Rome was suddenly abandoned around the close of the 2nd century BC. Sardinia Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) Bib…
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