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“For almost a millennium, from its foundation in the third century BCE to late antiquity, the Red Sea port of Berenike was a key part of the sea route that linked the Mediterranean to South Asia. The excavations conducted by Professor Sidebotham and his international team have provided unprecedented detail about the urban history of Berenike, the lives of its inhabitants, its role in the spice trade, and the products that passed through its port. Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route is a major contribution to world historical scholarship that will fundamentally change our understanding of ancient trade in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.”

—Stanley M. Burstein, California State University, Los Angeles

“With singular focus and an indefatigable spirit, Sidebotham has pursued the remote and difficult site of Berenike. After ten excavation seasons, only a portion of the site has been excavated, but the dividends have been magnificent, yielding exciting new archeological evidence that illuminates the flourishing maritime sea trade in antiquity beyond any reasonable expectation. Sidebotham places Bernike in the larger contextual framework and considers it from every possible angle, including the transportation lattice that connected Berenike with the Nile, its relations with other emporia, the merchant ships used, the exotic trade items it received, and a fascinating explanation of the demise of Berenike and ‘global trade in the sixth century. This engrossing analysis is destined to become the standard source for all who are interested in the international trade of antiquity.”

—David F. Graf, author of Rome and the Arabian Frontier: from the Nabataeans to the Saracens

Synopsis:

The legendary overland silk road was not the only way to reach Asia for ancient travelers from the Mediterranean. During the Roman Empires 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 todays 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.

About the Author

Steven E. Sidebotham is Professor of History at the University of Delaware and author of Roman Economic Policy in the Erythra Thalassa, 30 BC–AD 21.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface and Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction

2. Geography, Climate, Ancient Authors, and Modern Visitors

3. Pre-Roman Infrastructure in the Eastern Desert

4. Ptolemaic Diplomatic-Military-Commercial Activities

5. Ptolemaic and Early Roman Berenike and Environs

6. Inhabitants of Berenike in Roman Times

7. Water in the Desert and the Ports

8. Nile–Red Sea Roads

9. Other Emporia

10. Merchant Ships

11. Commercial Networks and Trade Costs

12. Trade in Roman Berenike

13. Late Roman Berenike and Its Demise

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520244306
Author:
Sidebotham, Steven E.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
Ancient - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
California World History Library
Series Volume:
18
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
47 b/w photographs, 12 maps
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1.25 in 2.02 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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The legendary overland silk road was not the only way to reach Asia for ancient travelers from the Mediterranean. During the Roman Empires 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 todays 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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