Phoenician's civilization

The Phoenicians cared nothing for fame; they have left behind them no histories to tell of their great men and their greater deeds. We only learn of them by the records of the other races whom they encountered in their roving. Hence we know nothing definite of any man among them until the Bible tells us of that Hiram, King of Tyre, who was the ally of King Solomon.

At that time--about 950 B.C.--Tyre seems to have held a sort of rulership over the other Phoenicians, being the chief city of a confederated league. Hiram thus exercised a power equal to that of Solomon, and over a people far wealthier than the Hebrews and more advanced in material culture. Solomon sought the aid of Phoenician artists and artisans to direct all his building work. He also arranged to have Hiram supply him with the celebrated cedar wood which the Phoenicians gathered from the forests of their huge mountain, Lebanon. Thousands of Tyrian slaves toiled in company with thousands of Hebrews in felling these giant trees and transporting them to the seashore to be carried thence to Palestine. Solomon repaid Hiram for all his aid with provisions, the products of the fields and flocks of the agricultural Hebrews. He paid also by giving twenty "cities" to Hiram, who so little admired the ceded land that he contemptuously gave it the name of "Cabul," which means rubbish.

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