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Berenike and the Ancient Maritime Spice Route


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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


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.


"This highly readable, indeed exciting, book explores numerous aspects of ancient Berenike." * American Journal Of Archaeology *
"A remarkably detailed picture of the Egyptian business world along the Red Sea and Indian coast. . . . Many historians will be grateful." -- Wim Broekaert * Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR) *
"[A] fascinating story." * Times Literary Supplement (TLS) *
"The detail of data is remarkable, and one is left with excellent understanding of life in this remote city." -- Duane W. Roller * American Journal Of Archaeology *
"Sidebotham tells the fascinating story of how this isolated harbour site owed its existence to long-range commerce." -- David Mattingly * Times Higher Education *

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