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Aksum and NubiaWarfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa$
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George Hatke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760666

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760666.001.0001

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The Question of Aksumite Trade with Nubia

The Question of Aksumite Trade with Nubia

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Aksum and Nubia

George Hatke

NYU Press

This chapter explores the question of Aksumite trade with Nubia during the period spanning the first and third centuries CE. It suggests that, despite the expansion of international trade during the Roman period, Aksum and Kush did not grow closer and instead had minimal contact. As far as long-distance trade is concerned, the economies of Kush and Aksum operated not very differently but independently of each other. The economy of Kush was intimately bound to the Nile Valley, the main route linking Nubia to Egypt. Aksum depended on agriculture in the Ethiopian Highlands, but its main outlet to the outside world was the Red Sea. This chapter also considers the extent to which Kush and Aksum maintained peaceful trade relations during the period.

Keywords:   Aksumite trade, Nubia, Aksum, Kush, economy, Nile Valley, Egypt, Ethiopian Highlands, Red Sea, trade relations

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