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CORINTH AND ITS ECONOMY Present and past cultures have many similarities One similarity comes to mind that stands above them all Im referring to the comparison of todays stock market to the exchange of goods within the ancient cities of Greece in particular the city of Corinth One of the most economically important communities in ancient Greece was the city of Corinth But what made Corinth or Korinthos as known in those times such a vital part of the countrys commerce After searching for an answer I learned that Corinths most advantageous asset was its geography Corinth was favorably situated for trade by land and by sea Located on the narrow Isthmus that connects southern and central Greece Corinth possessed a unique location compared to any other city Sacks 199566 This site not only allowed Corinth to manage the traffic along the Isthmus but also made it simple to control passage between the Aegean and Ionian Seas Another advantage given to this city was the development of a special roadbed built across the Isthmus enabling transshipment of cargo between seas This emerged as a tremendous benefit to the transport of merchandise as seafarers preferred to avoid the arduous voyage around the tip of southern Greece Additionally the development of the roadbed earned Corinth significant revenue from sales and harbor taxes Martin 19991 Corinths glory days came in the 600s and early 500s BC Not only did its shipping network stand above other cities but it also became a manufacturing center for many products Sacks 199566 As the city prospered Corinth became famous for its skilled workers in bronze and clay amid the rest of the mercantile world Among other products beautifully painted pottery became one of the main exports of Corinth Its Geometric pottery dominated all markets during this period It became a luxury item even outside the Greek culture Grant 1986187 Excavations in other cultural sites to include Egypt have revealed
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