Tuesday, June 22, 2010
It wasn’t only the priests in Egypt who caught the entrepreneurial spirit. Opportunity abounded for priests to turn a profit on the divine during this period of economic prosperity, particularly in the coastal cities of the Levant. There is plenty of archaeological evidence of Greek traders, as well as prosperous Phoenicians, along the Levantine coast. The Phoenicians were also the Persian Navy; so, the Levant was chock full of sailors, as well as soldiers inland. Take a wild guess at how temples dedicated to the Love Goddess could profit in such an environment of soldiers, sailors, and traveling salesmen.
PHOTO: National Maritime Museum, Israel - Terracotta Figurines. Second half of the second millenium BC.
Photo by Deror Avi, Wikimedia Commons
Posted by Diana Agorio at 8:31 AM