A passage of the third book of Herodotus’ Histories mentions the parental bond betweenCarthaginians and Phoenicians of the motherland, sealed by «big oaths», dating backto the time of the foundation of Carthage. Scholars have often interpreted this evidenceas a projection on the Phoenician-Punic world of a connection that used to link Greekcolonists to their motherland. However, a closer look at the documentation reveals theprofound solidarity between the Phoenicians of the East and those of the West. Furthermore,the comparison with the «covenants» between Thereans and Cyrenaeans stipulatedat the time of the foundation of Cyrene and conserved on the so-called «Stele of theFounders», allows for a better understanding of the nature of biological and cultural relationshipsbetween colonies and mother cities, whose cohesion and solidarity were assuredby the binding force of the oath.
|Title of host publication||KOINONIA. Studi di storia antica offerti a Giovanna De Sensi Sestito|
|Number of pages||332|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|