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Old December 25th, 2017, 09:28 AM   #1

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Antecipated harvest times in Cyrenaica


In The Corrupting Sea (2000) the authors state that Cyrenaica had an early harvest time, "a month earlier than that of most of Greece and well before that of the Black Sea" (p. 72).¹ Considering its geographical position, closer to the Equator than Greece and the Black Sea, I came to the (premature?) conclusion that more exposure to the sun might make harvest times happen earlier than in places where sunlight is weaker. On second thought, I have not considered soil and weather conditions, and I couldn't find which kind of plants were used in these different regions. Do any of you know why, specifically in Cyrenaica, harvest times were earlier than in Greece?

¹ The authors cite Brun, P. (1993) 'La stèle des céréales de Cyrène et le commerce des grains en Égée au IVe siècle' as their source for this specific claim, but as my French is atrocious and as I couldn't get access to this specific article, I wasn't able to check what other information it contained on the subject.
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