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Phoenicians  (fee-NISH-unz, fih-NISH-unz or fih-NEESH-unz)

Historically, famous seafarers from the region of modern Syria, Lebanon and Israel. The Phoenicians may well have helped found Thebes in Greece, as reflected in the myth of Cadmus. The Greek alphabet derives from Phoenician characters.
Phoenicia, home of the Phoenicians. (zoom)