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    Posted: 31-May-2009 at 09:24
The Importance of the rivers (especially Euphrates, Tigris and with a stretch, the Nil) of the region for its role as "craddle of civilisation" may be commonly recognised. Less so perhaps the role of the surrounding seas and shores. Especially The persian Gulf, the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden could be waters with good opportunities even for non advanced navigators, since they are waters where they had a lot of possible targets in a short distance,  and sailors never had to be very far away from one of two opposite shores. Those waterways perhaps made a great contribution - the seaways between Sumer and Indus via Bahrain and arabian and iranian coasts, and, in the other end the seas between Egypt, "Punt", "Ofir" and perhaps also "Shaba". We may speculate that those waters contributed to the "edge" of this region, long before ocean navigation came into fashion.
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