Often thought of as uncultured, treacherous brutes, the ancient Philistines have a bad reputation. But new archaeological evidence is showing that there was a lot more to them than that.
It’s fair to say that the ancient Philistines have enjoyed a thoroughly bad press over the centuries. In fact, according to the Collins Dictionary, the very word “philistine” means “smugly conventional and lacking in culture” – hardly a description that anyone would welcome. But take a closer look back at history, and you’ll soon discover that the Philistine’s bad reputation is somewhat unfair.
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