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Title: Fish and the Mediterranean
Subtitle: The Nourishing Sea
Author(s): BOARDMAN, John
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 10    Date: 2011   
Pages: 1-9
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.10.0.2141812

Abstract :
Historians of the Mediterranean economy have generally been dismissive of the role of the fish trade both as an important source of vital food and as a financial benefit to communities which dealt on any scale with fishing, fish-farming and fish preservation for food. There are many indications that this is unjust, and that it might seriously distort our view of the Mediterranean economy and trade. This article draws attention to data which have so far been ignored in the discussion or given insufficient weight: the profits from the trade, the archaeological evidence from sites and wrecks, the sources and importance of pickling agents.

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