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The Amnis Trajanus (or "Trajanic River") was a canal running from Egyptian Babylon to the Red Sea port of Clysma (modern-day Suez, at the northwestern tip of the Red Sea). It was dug in the early 2nd century CE by the Roman emperor Trajan, though it may have been a preexisting silted-over pharaonic canal. It vastly expedited and facilitated transport from the interior of Egypt to the Red Sea, especially the transportation of large amounts of goods, and it was therefore a heavily utilized trade route. The fortress of Babylon built by Diocletian some two centuries later featured towers that stood on either side of the canal.
Posted at Nov 30/2010 02:45PM:
ian: Its resuscitation in the Islamic period is a good example of the continuity of certain aspects of the imperial landscape of Egypt.