Peopling the Past, Video #3: Megan Daniels talks about the Phoenicians

Dr. Megan Daniels at Chenini in Tatouine Province, Tunisia
(photo credit Brett Kaufman)

In the third instalment of our video series, Dr. Megan Daniels discusses the migration of the Phoenicians around the Mediterranean and their cultural interactions with the Greeks and Romans, including the sharing of religious traditions and myths.

Megan Daniels is Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek Material Culture in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia. She received her B.A. in archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University, a M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from UBC, and her Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford.  Before returning to teach in Canada, she held fellowships and teaching posts in the USA and Australia. Megan’s interests include religion, migration, and cross-cultural interaction in the Mediterranean world, particularly the interrelations between the Greek-speaking regions and the regions of Egypt, and western Asia over the late Bronze and Iron Ages. Her archaeological experience includes excavations on Canadian soil through her time as an archaeologist for Parks Canada, as well as excavations further abroad in Bermuda, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, and Tunisia.

Interested in learning more? Read these articles:

Daniels, M. 2017. “Annexing a Shared Past: Roman Appropriations of Hercules-Melqart in the Conquest of Hispania.” In Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation, edited by M. Loar, C. MacDonald, and D. Padilla-Peralta, 237–260. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kaufman, B., A. Drine, H. Barnard, and R. Khedher. 2015. “Research at the Ancient Neo-Punic Site of Zita, Tunisia.” Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology December 2015: 76–79.

Moses, V., B. Kaufman, A. Drine, H. Barnard, S. Ben Tahar, E. Jerray, and M. Daniels. 2019. “Evidence for Meat Consumption during the Punic to Roman Colonial Transition at Zita (2nd Century BCE-2nd Century CE).” International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Further Reading

Crawley Quinn, J. 2018. In Search of the Phoenicians. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Lopez-Ruiz, C. and B.R. Doak. 2019. The Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Woolmer, M. 24 September, 2020. “Purple Reign: A passion for purple built the Phoenicians’ vast trading empire.” National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2018/05-06/purple-reign-passion-phoenician-dye-built-vast-trading-empire/

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