and not long after the time of Herodotus the gold imports of Arabia
had shrunk to inconsiderable importance. With the decline of the
Himyaritic Kingdom in Arabia, soon after the second century of our era,
there was a falling off of commercial enterprise and intercourse with
Africa, so marked that even the
" Periplus of the Erythraean Sea," Henry Schlechter, The Geographical
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