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The Phoenicians are a playable civilization in Age of Empires. They are primarily an offensive civilization.

The Phoenicians are excellent in all areas of combat, especially at sea, but lack elite siege engine units, making them ineffective when combating heavily fortified areas on land, but their cheap Elephant Units can make up for it if used properly.

They are best used on water maps due to their many naval bonuses, such as fast firing Catapult Triremes, and increased woodcutting speed.

Features Edit

AI player names Edit

Names shown in italics are only used in the original game.

  • Hannibal - See Carthaginians
  • Hanno - See Carthaginians
  • Hannibal II - See Carthaginians
  • Hanno II - See Carthaginians
  • Hannibal III - See Carthaginians
  • Hanno III - See Carthaginians
  • Hannibal IV - See Carthaginians
  • Sanchuniathon - Phoenician author
  • Zimrida - Zimredda. Mayor of Siduna (Sidon) c. 1350-1335 BC
  • Plotinus - (Roman) Philosopher AD 204/5-270, teacher of Porphyry
  • Porphyry - (Roman) Philosopher from Tyre, AD c. 234-305
  • Philo - Philo of Byblos, AD 61-141, writer of Phoenician history
  • Ethbaal - King of Tyre 878-847 BC
  • Jezebel - Daughter of Ethbaal
  • Rid-Addi - King of Byblos, mid 14th century BC
  • Ahiram - King of Byblos around 1000 BC

History Edit

Historically, they had impressive cultural advance, being known for their excellent shipworking skills, and they are credited along with the ancient Syrian city state of Ugarit, to be the first creators of human alphabet. They also had many relations with the Greek, as evidence of trade between the Canaanites (early Phoenicians), Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece has been discovered, as well as the fact that the Phoenician phonetic alphabet was adopted and modified by the Greeks probably at the 8th century BC.[1] Their art was largely inspired by the Greeks, however historically their architecture, and culture (to an extent) was inspired by the Egyptians due to their relationship, and trade networks with the Egyptians.

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