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Author Sidebotham, Steven E.

Title Berenike and the ancient maritime spice route / Steven E. Sidebotham
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 434 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The California world history library ; 18
California world history library ; 18
Contents Geography, climate, ancient authors, and modern visitors -- Pre-Roman infrastructure in the Eastern Desert -- Ptolemaic diplomatic-military-commercial activities -- Ptolemaic and early Roman Berenike and environs -- Inhabitants of Berenike in Roman times -- Water in the desert and the ports -- Nile/Red Sea roads -- Other emporia -- Merchant ships -- Commercial networks and trade costs -- Trade in Roman Berenike -- Late Roman Berenike and its demise
Summary The legendary overland silk road was not the only way to reach Asia for ancient travelers from the Mediterranean. During the Roman Empire's heyday, equally important maritime routes reached from the Egyptian Red Sea across the Indian Ocean. The ancient city of Berenike, located approximately 500 miles south of today's Suez Canal, was a significant port among these conduits. In this book, Steven E. Sidebotham, the archaeologist who excavated Berenike, uncovers the role the city played in the regional, local, and "global" economies during the eight centuries of its existence. Sidebotham analyzes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Excavations (Archaeology) -- Egypt -- Barānīs.
International trade -- History -- To 1500.
Port cities -- Egypt -- History -- To 1500.
Spice trade -- Egypt -- Barānīs -- History -- To 1500.
Trade routes -- Egypt -- Barānīs -- History -- To 1500.
Barānīs (Egypt) -- Antiquities, Roman.
Barānīs (Egypt) -- Antiquities.
Barānīs (Egypt) -- Commerce -- History.
Barānīs (Egypt) -- Social life and customs.
Eastern Desert (Egypt) -- Commerce -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010038906
ISBN 0520948386 (electronic bk.)
9780520948389 (electronic bk.)