Israeli archaeologists: 3,000-year-old cinnamon traces attest to ancient trade
The spice's discovery in Phoenician flasks show trading relations existed between the Levant and southeast Asia a thousand years before the Roman Empire.
Somewhere in the country “where Dionysus grew up” — that’s Ethiopia — live large birds that build nests out of mud on sheer cliffs. "These great birds bring the sticks which we Greeks, taking the word from the Phoenicians, call cinnamon, and carry them up into the air to make their nests,” wrote the Greek historian Herodotus in the fifth century B.C.E.
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