Image from page 26 of “Ancient civilization; an introduction to modern history” (1916)
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Title: Ancient civilization; an introduction to modern history
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Wolfson, Arthur Mayer, 1873-
Subjects: Civilization, Ancient History, Ancient
Publisher: New York, Cincinnati [etc.] American book company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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for the winter. Perhaps in books or in one of the great museums you haveseen pictures of Eg)^ptians or Babylonians in workshops. Im-agine the life of these people. In the towns, the houses of themerchants and nobles were fairly comfortable; but the homesof the workmen were miserable, dirty, one-story huts. Menand women and children slept and ate and did their work in oneroom. In the market place, in the center of the town or on the banksof the river, cattle from the country were herded and killed bythe butchers and offered for sale. Food of all kinds — vege-tables, grain, fruit, and fish — was piled in great baskets, andmen and women handled it and shouted and quarreled with theowners trying to get the best bargains they could. Clothing ofwool and linen and cotton was displayed against the walls ofbuildings or hung on racks in front of the shops. Under gaudycolored awnings, merchants who had traveled in far countriesoffered costly jewels and works of gold and silver to the richer
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Egyptian Market Scene17 18 THE HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT EAST citizens who were able to pay the price. Objects made of ivoryand curious woods gathered in India or in the heart of Africawere also displayed. In the side streets were confectioners andbakers and barbers and sandal makers. Carpenters and masonsand woodworkers stood in the market place waiting for jobs.Here and there, all over the city, were wine shops and restaurantswhere merchants gathered and made bargains over their foodand drink. From early morning to sunset, the city was alivewith the noise and bustle of trade. Day after day, boats on the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphratesdeparted carr5dng cargoes Consigned to other cities on the riveror to cities in distant lands. Across the Red Sea and the Medi-terranean, out into the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, ven-turesome sailors and merchants pursued their voyages in questof products which the king and his nobles were willing to buy.Across the deserts and mountains of Afric
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