They were polytheistic and worshiped a mixture of Egyptian, Greekand Semitic gods including Isis, Adonis and El.
They lived by the sea, which led to their trading ventures whichspread as far afield as the western Mediterranean and Britain inthe west, and Babylon in the east.
They were good and adventurous sailors and good successful traders.
Cedar and pine timber, grain, fish, purple dye, strong fleets totrade abroad around the Mediterranean, and a seafaring populationadapted to trade.
It provided a simple means of writing and record-keeping then thepictograms and syllabic writing, and forms the basis of today’salphabets.
Their own country, based on the narrow flood plains of theirriversystem, surrounded by desert, was short on timber of theirown.
The Phoenicians occupied a limited land area which could notsupport an expanding population. As their city-states were locatedon the Mediterranean Sea, they turned to sea trading, and becamegreat merchants.
For consumption or carry-trade.