Travel and Trade Sophia Reese

Travel

Travel opportunities during ancient greek times would largely depend on your profession and status, but anybody who had the chance to travel would. People would travel mostly across the Mediterranean Sea. This was either to sell goods, skills, or religious pilgrimage. Even though some of the time people would just travel to see the magnificent sights.

Religious Pilgramage

Travel seems to have always been held in high regard by the Greeks. Many tales like Jacob and the Golden Fleece celebrated the benefits of traveling. In early works of Greek literature in the 8th century BCE, both Homer and Hesiod describe traders, in particular, as great travellers.

Jason and the Golden Fleece

To travel on land you would have to use carriages and horses. Greece had incredible road network connecting even the farthest settlements. Even with these perks people preferred to travel by sea and thought it to be more comfortable. There were no ships dedicated only for travellers, though, and the would-be tourist had to persuade a sea-trader to make room amongst his cargo.

Greek Carriage and Horses

Trade

Trade was a fundamental aspect of the ancient Greek world. The new innovations in transportation, goods could be bought, sold, and exchanged. With the new ways of transportation food, raw materials, and manufactured goods where not only made available to the Greeks for the first time but olives and pottery spread out creating the greek culture.

Greek Pottery

In Greece local, regional, and international trade exchange existed from Minoan and Mycenaean times in the Bronze Age. Greece traded with Egypt. The trades included precious goods such as gold, copper, and ivory. This was a "international trade deal."

Gold Coin Eqypt
  • Cereals
  • Wine
  • Olives
  • Figs
  • Pulses
  • Eels
  • Cheese
  • Honey
  • Meat
  • Perfumes
  • Pottery
Ancient Greece Perfume Bottle

The Ancient Greece civilization might not exist today if travel and trade did not exist. Travel and trade still are a big part of earth today and keep it keeps life alive. The greek were one of the first to ths and it is amazing that it is still a huge factor after so many years.

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