Byzantine spice trade

A range of spices including those from India and Sri Lanka were available in Byzantium.

Note also spices from Eritrea and Somalia were available.

Spice market in Istanbul now known as Egyptian Market. Question: Does this reflect a long established spice trade via Egypt rather than overland?

(Strangely this would fit with Gibbon's suggestion that Sighelm and Athelstan went to Egypt. They would if following the spice route)

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