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The Exporters Of Timber

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Theophrastos specifies that the areas producing shipbuilding timber were south Italy, Latium and Corsica. Most of the evidence of timber as an export commodity concerns the Macedonian Kingdom. In Macedon, the king owned the forests and had control over the production and export of timber. Cyprus was not one of the major timber producers but had suitable reserves and trade in timber from the island is attested from the early archaic period. The Cypriot kings like the Macedonians had control over both exploitation and export. In the early fifth century, the Corinthians sold 20 ships to the Athenians. Herodotos clearly narrates this incident as a political gesture not a financial transaction.

Keywords: Macedonian kingdom; shipbuilding timber; Theophrastos

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