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Egypt and bread

Reader comment on item: Hunger Growls in Egypt

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Dec 14, 2014 at 09:55

Dr. Pipes

Very interesting article indeed. Egypt used to be the biggest exporter of grain in the antique, late antique worlds as well as during the middle ages. For example: Egyptian grain fed the population of Rome and the Roman empire

Bread is an important and very essential part of the Egyptian diet. And in Egyptian Arabic bread is called عيش or Aish which really means: Living (compare this with the word خبز or Khubz in modern classical Arabic)


And in a country where 40% of the population make very little money it would make very much sense to import and even subsidize the cost of imported grain. This is indeed how the Romans supported the poor population of ancient Rome by paying for the imported grain from Egypt


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