Erich Lessing

ON THE COVER: Horsehead-shaped hippos ships, a favorite of Phoenician traders, haul lumber from Lebanon to Assyria for the construction of Sargon II’s palace. Such ships, write Avner Raban and Robert R. Stieglitz, evolved from naval designs invented by a group whose accomplishments have been underappreciated. Turn to Raban and Stieglitz’s article to learn about “The Sea Peoples and Their Contributions to Civilization.”