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3. Distant lands

     

Bronze monkey
 
The intense exchange between the people of Pompeii and people of distant countries is evidenced - more so than by the recurring depictions of exotic animals, plants and, more generally, of exotic lands - by the numerous artifacts found, some of which are decidedly peculiar. Indeed, along with shells - perhaps the most common souvenir from travels to faraway lands - and precious gems, we also find a macaque skeleton. Trade with distant countries took place along sea and land routes: the ancient Via Egnazia, for example, stretched from Brindisi all the way to Constantinople.
     
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