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Title: The Romans in Malta
Authors: Bonanno, Anthony
Keywords: Archaeology -- Malta -- History
Malta -- Antiquities
Malta -- History -- Classical period, 218 B.C.-535 A.D.
Romans -- History
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
Citation: Bonanno, A. (2011). The Romans in Malta. Treasures of Malta, 17(2),84-89.
Abstract: Lying in the centre of the Mediterranean. the Maltese archipelago was ideally placed on the direct. open-sea route used by the semitic Phoenicians. those intrepid navigators and traders hailing from the eastern coast of the Middle Sea. to conduct their intensive commercial activities in the western basin of the same sea, and later on to keep in c lose contact with their colonies there. This is borne out by several ancient writers, in particular the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus who attributed the prosperity and advanced way o f life of the Maltese inhabitants to the assistance they received from these semitic sea-merchants. The island was also a very convenient port of call. especially from the fifth century onwards, for any trading seacraft that plied between Greek Sicily and Punic Tripolitania.
Description: A republication with correction of an article that appeared in the first issue of Treasures of Malta.
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