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Incense Road
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[German version]

Overland trade route between the  incense growing areas in the south of the Arabian peninsula (Ẓufār) and the trading places in the Mediterranean ( Gaza) and in the Persian Gulf ( Gerrha). The beginning of the incense trade possibly dates back to the early part of the 1st millennium BC; written sources only exist for the Graeco-Roman period. The incense was transported on dromedaries, whose domestication (possibly in the 3rd millennium BC) was the prerequisite for any long-distance trade across the desert reg…

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K.BA., “Incense Road”, 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 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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