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TRADE AND COMMERCE IN ANCIENT EGYPT Throughout much of Egyptian history, foreign and local trade networks were critical to the country's economy, and there is a great deal of evidence for state-run commerce. However, records of private traders and merchants remain far more scarce.
Egypt's elusive traders Introduction to the theme
The view from Upper Egypt Early international trade
From river to table Early sources for aquaculture
Wilhelmina Jashemski Women excavating Pompeii
Raiders, pirates, explorers The legacy of the Sea Peoples
Ancient Rome's JFK moment The death of Germanicus Caesar
Preliminaries What's new in ancient history
Guarding the Western Desert War and trade in Egypt, ca. 1552 BC
Further reading More books on Egyptian trade
The Rudge Cup Ancient tourists or retirement gifts?
Tales that travel Migration & the spread of information
Hollywood Romans King Arthur (2004)
Ancient cooking A flatbread for the road?
ON THE COVER Though we know the ancient Egyptians must have engaged in a substantial amount of waterborne trade, and that they had trade routes that crisscrossed the Eastern Mediterranean, clear depictions of trading vessels are almost non-existent in their artwork. Other kinds of boats and ships are depicted frequently however, from humble fishing craft to ceremonial barques and royal funerary barges. The large sailing ships on the cover come from a relief in the 18th Dynasty tomb of Amenhotep (called Huy), the Viceroy of Kush under Tutankhamun.
© Metropolitan Museum of Art
INTO AFRICA Egypt's complex network of trade routes running south along the Nile and into the desert.
ANCIENT MIGRANTS A look at how knowledge and stories were spread across the ancient world.
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