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PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS A book of this type demands a wide-ranging knowledge of numerous disciplines and aspects of antiquity over an extended period of time and broad geographical area. I do not possess such a breadth or depth of knowledge. Therefore, friends and colleagues have read and commented on some of these chapters at various stages of their writing, making numerous suggestions for improvement. Others have provided important bibliography , which I would otherwise have missed. Those who should be acknowledged include, in alphabetical order: S.A. Abraham, C.E.P. Adams, A. Avanzini, H. Barnard, M. Bishop, L. Blue, S. M. Burstein, L. Casson, P. J. Cherian, J. P. Cooper, M. H. Crawford, H. Cuvigny, F. De Romanis, R. Fattovich, D.F. Graf, S. Gupta, J.A. Harrell, A.M. Hense, R.A. Lobban , M.M. Mango, A. Manzo, V.A. Maxfield, S.C.H. Munro-Hay, L. Okamura, G. Parker, D.P.S. Peacock, J.S. Phillips, D.T. Potts, I. Roll, H. Schenk, A. Sedov, V. Selvakumar, P. Shajan, P. Sheehan, F. Stone, R.J.A. Talbert, P. Tallet, R.I. Thomas, R.S. Tomber, S.L. Tuck, G. Tully, C.Ward,W.Z.Wendrich, E.Wheeler, F.C.Wild, J.-P.Wild, H.T.Wright, and C. Zazzaro. Michael Peppard shared his manuscript on a papyrus dealing with Berenike in the Yale University collection. Carey Fleiner provided invaluable assistance by formatting portions of the bibliography from rather cryptic notes. Martin Hense prepared the maps and drawings. I took all the photos. I especially want to thank the cheerful and efficient staff of the interlibrary-loan section of Morris Library of the University of Delaware who, over the years, obtained hundreds of articles and books for this research. My wife, Mary Sidebotham, endured my preoccupation and, eventually, obsession with xi Sidebotham, Berenike 11/18/10 10:24 AM Page xi completion of this project. Her patience and help with numerous computer problems associated with writing this book saved me many hours of frustration. There is always the vexed question of ancient and modern site names and place-names and the transliteration of their current nomenclature from Arabic or Greek into English. Often the names as they appear in Arabic on maps are not the same as spoken in the region , or are pronounced very differently, by the indigenous Ma’aza, ‘Ababda, and Bisharii Bedouin. The most commonly used Bedouin names/pronunciations are used here. With regard to the el-/al- prefix in Arabic place-names, I have opted for al-. If an author has spelled his name with el-, then that spelling has been retained. If transliterated from the Greek, k rather than c has been used. J.M. Kistler,War Elephants (Westport, CT, and London); A. Bülow-Jacobsen, Mons Claudianus : Ostraca graeca et latina, vol. 4, The Quarry-Texts. O. Claud. 632–896 (DFIFAO 47), (Cairo: 2009); J. E. Hill, Through the Jade Gate to Rome: A Study of the Silk Routes during the Later Han Dynasty 1st to 2nd Centuries c.e. (Seattle: 2009); and R. McLaughlin, Rome and the Distant East: Trade Routes to the Ancient Lands of Arabia, India and China (London and New York: 2010) came to my attention too late for use in this book. Finally, I dedicate this book to all participants in the Berenike project, both foreign staff and our beloved ‘Ababda Bedouin workmen. July 2010 Newark, Delaware xii • P R E F A C E A N D A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S Sidebotham, Berenike 11/18/10 10:24 AM Page xii ...


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