What happened to the Phoenicians?
Did they die out or whatever happened to them? Lebanese people are considered Arab but some claim they are Phoenician. Did the Lebanese people remain Phoenician or get conquered by the Arabs, or are they a mixture of both? If they are just Arab then what happened to the Phoenicians?
- Gray BoldLv 76 months ago
Still there. A study by Pierre Zalloua and others (2008) claimed that six subclades of haplogroup J2 (J-M172) J2 in particular, were "a Phoenician signature" amongst modern male populations tested in "the coastal Lebanese Phoenician Heartland and the broader area of the rest of the Levant (the "Phoenician Periphery")", followed by "Cyprus and South Turkey; then Crete; then Malta and East Sicily; then South Sardinia, Ibiza, and Southern Spain; and, finally, Coastal Tunisia and cities like Tingris in Morocco". None of the geographical communities tested, Zalloua pointed out subsequently (2013), carried significantly higher levels of the proposed "Phoenician signature" than the others. This suggested that genetic variation preceded religious variation and divisions and, by the time it became Phoenicia, "Lebanon already had well-differentiated communities with their own genetic peculiarities, but not significant differences, and religions came as layers of paint on top."
- Anonymous6 months ago
PBS had a science program and it shows that modern day Lebanese are descendants of Phoenicians. Phoenicians also settled in other places along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, including North Africa, southern Spain, and Sardinia.
Their culture was destroyed by the Roman Empire that conquered them, but they were not wiped out genetically. DNA tests showed the people who were Phoenicians and who died in a shipwreck long ago are close relatives of the Lebanese people of today.
Not all Lebanese people are descendants of Pheonicians however, because some are Arabs with close realatives in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Iraq and even some Jewish groups.
- geraldLv 76 months ago
they became the power ruled by Carthage and were eventually destroyed by the Romans in the Punic wars remember Hannibal them lot
- 6 months ago
They were conquered by more powerful empires like the Persians and Greeks who imposed their own culture until eventually Phoenician culture and national identity disappeared completely.