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The modern site of ancient Berenike, on the shores of the Red Sea, is an abandoned desert ruin buried beneath centuries of sand and silt.

The modern site of ancient Berenike, on the shores of the Red Sea, is an abandoned desert ruin buried beneath centuries of sand and silt. The study presented in this book combines testimony from the sources with a range of extraordinary new archaeological discoveries - many of which will be little known, even to experts who have been following the topic.

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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

In this book, Steven E. Sidebotham, the archaeologist who excavated Berenike . 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.

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This thorough publication of Berenike, its hinterland, and its economic importance is a significant book that makes for fascinating .

This thorough publication of Berenike, its hinterland, and its economic importance is a significant book that makes for fascinating reading. The book is based on the excavations at the site and the survey of its region, a joint University of Delaware/University of Leiden project that began in 1994. American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 116, No. 2 (April 2012).

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The ancient city of Berenike, located approximately 500 miles south of today's Suez Canal, was a significant port among these conduits. 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, the archaeologist who excavated Berenike, uncovers the role the city played in the regional, local, and . Books related to Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route. The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt.

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 many of the artifacts, botanical and faunal remains, and hundreds of the texts he and his team found in excavations, providing a profoundly intimate glimpse of the people who lived, worked, and died in this emporium between the classical Mediterranean world and Asia.

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Malaunitly
This very thorough work of archaeology and history should forever establish Berenike as one of the critically important cities in world history. In the time of the Ptolemies and the Roman Empire, it was a major spice port, often THE major one, for the Greco-Roman world. It also handled all manner of goods, up to and including elephants. How the elephants got over the Sahara to the Nile Valley, and what they did for feed and water, remains unclear. As Roman writers kept emphasizing, the amount of spice imported from India and southeast Asia was enormous--an incredible trade. Sidebotham hints at the intellectual influences that must have come with the spices. Indeed, Greek, Near Eastern, and Indian philosophies and religions influenced each other enormously (as shown by Thomas McEvilley among others), and we should all be more aware of this.
Dukinos
This volume chronicles the excavation of Berenike, an ancient Egyptian port and a gateway for Roman subjects making epic trade voyages into the Indian Ocean. The book is an intriguing read, an accessible account full of fascinating finds and careful analysis that are supported by plenty of detailed maps and a large bibliography that researchers new to the subject will find very useful.

The modern site of ancient Berenike, on the shores of the Red Sea, is an abandoned desert ruin buried beneath centuries of sand and silt. But, since 1994 Professor Sidebotham has led an international team of researchers in the excavation of the port. The study presented in this book combines testimony from the sources with a range of extraordinary new archaeological discoveries - many of which will be little known, even to experts who have been following the topic.

In thirteen detailed chapters, Professor Sidebotham traces the development of Berenike and its place within the `global economy' that developed two thousand years ago. Sidebotham offers many intriguing insights into life at the ancient port, from its foundation by the Ptolemaic rulers who built a harbour to bring in war elephants, to the rise and fall of Rome's vibrant international commerce. His enquiries reveal the conditions of travel along the busy caravan routes that linked Berenike to the Nile, the role of the Roman military in the Eastern Desert, the conduct of ancient business arrangements in Berenike, and even the presence of distant foreigners at the port. Other important chapters consider the network of trade ports that linked Berenike to ancient India and suggest what new archaeological evidence can reveal about the Roman ships that undertook these distant voyages. Finally, Professor Sidebotham introduces some new theories concerning the scale and value of this international commerce - ideas that have significant implications for the Roman economy and its revenues. I would definately recommend this book to anyone studying Roman commerce, or to those with an interest in ancient archaeology
Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route download epub
Humanities
Author: Steven E. Sidebotham
ISBN: 0520244303
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (February 2, 2011)
Pages: 456 pages