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Land Transport in Roman EgyptA Study of Economics and Administration in a Roman Province$
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Colin Adams

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203970.001.0001

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Deserts and Military Supply

Deserts and Military Supply

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(p.196) 9 Deserts and Military Supply
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Land Transport in Roman Egypt
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Colin Adams (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203970.003.0009

Communities in the desert, whether ports or military outposts, were almost wholly reliant on the Nile Valley for their supplies. This chapter considers how the ports of the Red Sea, quarry installations, military outposts, and hydreumata were supplied, in the light of the ever-increasing body of evidence provided by ostraca. It also studies the transport of decorative stone, one of the most impressive technological feats of the ancient world. An impressive infrastructure of desert routes and cisterns was developed to support those engaged in the protection of routes and their supply. Requisitioned animals from the Nile Valley provided the necessary labour. Finally, the transport of military supply is considered, both requisition of supplies and their transport.

Keywords:   desert, quarries, military outposts, desert routes, hydreumata, cisterns, ostraca, stone

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