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By M. Rostovtzeff

CARAVAN towns through M. ROSTOVTZEFF. initially released in 1932. PREFACE: THIS publication is admittedly the result of a chain of go back and forth sketches written in 1928 whereas the impressions of my trip to Syria, Arabia, and Palestine within the early a part of that yr have been nonetheless clean in my brain. those sketches first seemed in Russian newspapers pub lished at Berlin and at Paris, The Helm and Resurrection, they usually have been reprinted later within the Russian journal modern Notes ( Paris), this time with sure altera tions and with the addition of a number of new sketches. eventually, they seemed in ebook shape at Paris in 1931 less than the name Blijnem Vostoke. Then the Clarendon Press provided to provide an English variation, yet as i used to be close to venture one other and extra bold trip to the close to East, i made a decision to submit pone revision for the English variation till my go back. It used to be my goal to revisit the websites which shape the topics of my sketches and in addition to incorporate reduce Mesopotamia, the fashionable Iraq, in my travels. the hot and brilliant impressions with which I re grew to become from this trip, and the chance that it gave me of analyzing the ruins intimately and of ap preciating the large boost made via archaeology within the learn of those websites, led me to shape such a lot of clean conclusions that i've got came across myself obliged no longer simply to revise my textual content, yet even partially to rewrite it. In doing so, i've got passed over the final sketches of the Russian quantity, because they handled Rhodes, Cyprus, and Mycenaean Greece and never with caravan towns. while on those travels i used to be capable of acquire the fabric with which this e-book is illustrated. ... the distinction of caravan alternate more often than not increases innumerable difficulties, of economics, of geo graphy, of weather, and of heritage, that have by no means been absolutely handled, and which no student has ever tried to review during this connexion. hence, the part that i've got dedicated to the background of caravan alternate within the close to East is not any greater than a comic strip; the description of a bigger paintings which a few one else will fill in sooner or later. The sections which care for the caravan towns are both imperfect. My number of those towns is acci dental. it isn't in line with the old value of cities involved yet at the quantity of data on hand; or, to be extra detailed, at the kingdom of pre servation of the ruins. it truly is visible that during Syria, for instance, this sort of city as Damascus has a miles longer and much extra instructive heritage as a caravan urban than Palmyra, whereas in Transjordania Amman is greater and extra vital than Jerash. In northern Syria, back, the historical past of Aleppo in the course of the centuries will be extra instructive than that of Dura. yet so little of the background of those very important cities has survived and the little that has survived is of so fragmentary a nature, that the image we will be able to type of them is unavoidably Incomplete.

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C. It seems probable that the earliest cultural development in Arabia is connected with the Gerrhaeans and the Minaeans, that is to say with the peoples who, the owing to their geographical position, controlled one the eastern, the other the western, caravan route. It seems that the Catabanians and the population of the Hadramaut played but a minor part in the history of the world's commerce, whereas the Sabaeans, the these rivals neighbours of the Minaeans, outdistanced at a very early date. Centuries passed, Hammurabi's Babylonian empire fell and the so-called 'balance of power' was established in the Near East.

The process of the disintegration of the Seleucid empire was still more emphasized by the emancipation from the central Seleucid power of Caravan Trade. several of its An Historical Survey more important towns, 29 especially those of Phoenicia. All these events could not fail to affect caravan trade which had also to deal with certain new factors. The most important of these was the fact that the old up the Euphrates through northern were no Syria longer entirely safe, for they were falling into the hands of greedy and undisciplined local dynasties.

We know but little of the late Hellenistic period in the Near East or of the gradual solidification of Roman in Phoenicia, and Palestine. The chief power Syria, on the one hand the growing other both the gradual strength of Parthia, and on the north and the growthe advance of the Arabs towards events of the time were, certain sections ing desire for independence evinced by of the Syrian empire, more especially by Judaea. Inof the dependent states ruled by local Arab dynasties north sprang into being at Chalkis, Emesa, Edessa, and the Nabataeans possibly even Palmyra.

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