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Silk production and trade in late Medieval and Ottoman Boeotia

      Silk production and trade in late Medieval and Ottoman Boeotia (8/4/2011 v.1) Παραγωγή και εμπόριο μεταξιού στη Βοιωτία του Ύστερου Μεσαίωνα και των Οθωμανικών χρόνων (8/4/2011 v.1)
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Author(s) : Vionis Athanasios (9/10/2011)

For citation: Vionis Athanasios, "Silk production and trade in late Medieval and Ottoman Boeotia", 2011,
Encyclopedia of the Hellenic World, Boeotia

URL: <http://www.ehw.gr/l.aspx?id=12877>

 
 

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Silk, one of the most important products in the Byzantine world, comprised a commodity not only in use within the Empire but also an item widely traded and a valued article of diplomatic gift exchange. It is widely assumed that the major source of the Boeotian region's wealth was silk, and that the Venetian merchants established themselves in Thebes because of Boeotian silk. In the Ottoman period, from the fifteenth century onwards, the production of silk cloth continued, without, however, the same intensity of the preceding Late Medieval era.

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Boeotia

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13th-16th c.

 
 
 

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