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Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route

Steven Sidebotham


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. This book, written by 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. The book analyzes many of the art ... More

Keywords: overland silk road, Asia, Mediterranean, Roman Empire, maritime routes, Egyptian Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Berenike, global economies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520244306
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Sidebotham, author