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date: 25 July 2021

(p. v) Acknowledgments

(p. v) Acknowledgments

We profusely thank all the contributors in this volume. A Herculean task like this requires patience, resilience, and responsiveness on all sides, and frequent nagging on our part. We are doubly grateful for those who stepped in later in the game to replace a handful of canceled chapters, and who did an outstanding job meeting the deadlines we set. Thank you everyone for bearing with us.

At different stages, several colleagues have offered invaluable advice with planning and other matters. Thank you, Manuel Álvarez Martí-Aguilar, Robert Hawley, Tamar Hodos, Philip Johnston, Anthony Kaldellis, Ana María Niveau, Dennis Pardee, Jonathan Prag, Jo Quinn, Brigitte Treumann, Peter van Dommelen, and José-Ángel Zamora. Thanks to Nora Clair and Esther Rodríguez for their help with some drawings and maps. We also thank Stefan Vranka, editor at Oxford University Press, for his support and advice throughout, and for believing that it could be done despite the obvious obstacle of the international and non-English-centered nature of the field of Phoenician studies. We also thank his assistant editors Lakshmanan Sethuraman and Palani Santhosh, and before them Emily Zogbi and John Veranes, as well as the copyeditors. We want to mention with gratitude the work of Luke Gorton, Linda Gosner, and Philip Johnston as translators of several chapters at our request, besides other translators commissioned directly by the authors. Finally, we thank Ayla Cevik who compiled the index for this volume.

Finally, with this volume we want to honor the memory of one of the most important figures in Phoenician archaeology of the last century, Lawrence E. Stager (1943–2017). Larry was initially going to contribute a piece on the tophet, but owing to health reasons he had stepped out. Sadly, he passed away before this volume reached completion. Larry Stager had been mentor and friend or colleague of several of our contributors as well as both editors, and he will be very much missed.