Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 9 : The Early Mediterranean World, 1200–600 BC

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2.3.23. Motya
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A. Significance

[German source]

Motya (Greek Motýē, ‘anchorage’, after a Phoenician root mtw meaning ‘furl’ [1]; [8]; now Mozia) at the western tip of  Sicily (2.3.21.) on the island of San Pantaleo in the middle of the Marsala Lagoon, was one of the most important Mediterranean harbours from the 8th to the 4th centuries. Between the first half of the 8th century and the middle of the 6th, the  Phoenician settlement – which Thucydides says was the first on Sicily …

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Nigro, Lorenzo, “2.3.23. Motya”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 9 : The Early Mediterranean World, 1200–600 BC, English edition by John N. Dillon; Translated by Duncan A. Smart (2018). Original German-language edition: Frühgeschichte der Mittelmeerkulturen: Historisch-archäologisches Handbuch. Herausgegeben von Anna-Maria Wittke. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 10. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2015). Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps9_COM_006503>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180517



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