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Desert
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(ἡ ἔρημος/érēmos, ἡ ἐρημία/erēmía, τὰ ἔρημα/érēma; Lat. deserta, regio deserta). In geographical terms the arid desert zones were part of the marginal areas of the Ancient World (North Africa, the Middle East with Syria, Palestine, Arabia). Politically and to a greater extent economically they, had close relationships to the Graeco-Roman cultural sphere. A large part of the east-west trade devolved over long-distance routes across the Arabian deserts. Desert towns such as Ḥatra [1], Palmyr…

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Sonnabend, Holger (Stuttgart), “Desert”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 08 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12212000>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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