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Title: Peoples of the Eastern Desert of Egypt and their Impact on the Red Sea Trade
Subtitle: 1st to 3rd Centuries AD
Author(s): COBB, Matthew Adam
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 18 Date: 2019
Studies on Roman participation in the Red Sea trade have tended to focus on wider geopolitical events such the unification of the Mediterranean world or the Antonine Plague to explain fluctuations in the level of activity. While such external factors are an important consideration, it would be a mistake to not also consider in tandem more localised developments in the Eastern Desert and Red Sea region. To this end, the aim of this paper is to explore the impact that the indigenous populations of this region had on the operation of the trade during the 1st to 3rd centuries AD.