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Unformatted text preview: 2 Lectures 26 and 27 Awake, O north wind; and come thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may ow out (Song of Solomon 4:16) My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens; and to gather lilies (Song of Solomon 6:2) Ancient Spice Trade Cassia and cinnamon do not grow in the Mideast, yet biblical references allude to them. Cassia ( Cin- namomum cassia, C. tamala) and cinnamon ( C. zeylanicum ) are found in China, East India, Ceylon, and the Malabar (SW) coast of India. Ship transport was the obvious route. (Herodotus mentions that Africa was surrounded by water and the Phoenicians circumnavigated Africa.). Arabians plied the Arabian Gulf and monopolized the trade in cassia and cinnamon but concealed the true source. The probable route was Cochin China to S. India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to the Persian Gulf, and by camel train (caravan) to the Mediterranean (Assyria, Babylonia, and Egypt)....
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