Ancient Gaza: a politically elusive and persistent trade-rich city

Theobald, Wesley (2014). Ancient Gaza: a politically elusive and persistent trade-rich city. In: Programme: AMPHORAE VIII. Emerging Horizons: Material Culture, Text & Thought in Antiquity. Schedule. AMPHORAE VIII - Emerging Horizons: Material Culture, Text & Thought in Antiquity, Parkville, VIC, Australia, (25-25). 26-28 November, 2014.

Author Theobald, Wesley
Title of paper Ancient Gaza: a politically elusive and persistent trade-rich city
Conference name AMPHORAE VIII - Emerging Horizons: Material Culture, Text & Thought in Antiquity
Conference location Parkville, VIC, Australia
Conference dates 26-28 November, 2014
Convener University of Melbourne
Proceedings title Programme: AMPHORAE VIII. Emerging Horizons: Material Culture, Text & Thought in Antiquity. Schedule
Place of Publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher University of Melbourne
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Published abstract
Open Access Status
Start page 25
End page 25
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
On the fringes of many ancient empires, and occasionally within them, Gaza was a very important ancient city, not only to the empires in the north, south and west, but also to the ancient ‘Arabians’ that essentially controlled the fortunes of the city. Empires from the Bronze Age through to the Byzantine period recognised the geographical and economic value of the city, which was often fought over as a boundary, yet attempted to maintain semi-autonomy even when within some empires.

This paper will consider the timeline of Gaza through this broad sweep of antiquity, in order to highlight the connection that this city represented to the empires that rose and fell, and to the Arabian tribal groups that exerted the greatest and most consistent socio-political influence in the city. It will be argued that, as a port, Gaza functioned as the primary outlet to the Mediterranean world for South Arabian trade interests, and thus represented to the Arabians an ability to avoid the control and manipulation of trade revenues by surrounding political entities.
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Institutional Status UQ

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