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Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime HistoryTrade, Piracy, and Naval Warfare in the Central Mediterranean$
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Ayşe Devrim Atauz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031798

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031798.001.0001

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Ancient History of Malta

Ancient History of Malta

From Prehistory to the Arab Conquest

(p.5) 1 Ancient History of Malta
Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

Ayşe Devrim Atauz

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the period of Maltese prehistory when the first settlers arrived on the Maltese Islands. However, it is noted that seafaring activity in the Mediterranean dates back to about 10,000 B.C., and evidence shows that human beings had developed the ability to navigate the Mediterranean very early in the history of the region. After examining this prehistoric period, the chapter moves on to the arrival of the Phoenicians, who colonized the island and viewed it as a convenient location as a provisioning point for the merchantmen sailing between eastern ports and western destinations. The chapter ends with an examination of the Roman Period and the conquest of the Arabs.

Keywords:   Maltese prehistory, Maltese Islands, Mediterranean, colonize, Phoenicians, Roman period, Arabs, seafaring activity

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