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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: January 2021

Four - Mercenaries and Merchants

Summary

4. Mercenaries and Merchants: Networks of Political and Economic Power, 2000–1800 BC

The establishment of Amorite dynasties are documented from Mesopotamia to the Levant during the early second millennium BC. The increasing role of Amorites in mercantile endeavors, including the founding of new settlements, are illustrated, and this activity is placed in context with the contemporaneous evidence for the Old Assyrian merchant colony at Kanesh in Anatolia and the Asiatic enclave at Avaris in Egypt during the Middle Kingdom.

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