Merchant FAQs:


Q: Is a merchant a person who trades in commodities produced by other people?

A: Yes.

Q: Were merchants concentrated in the larger cities?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a merchant not considered 'respectable'?

A: Yes, In the ancient cities of the Middle East, where the bazaar was the city's focal point and heartbeat, merchants who worked in bazaar were considered to be among the high-ranking members of the society.

Q: Were merchants those who bought and sold goods while landowners who sold their own produce were not considered to be merchants?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a merchant emerging and modern business practices were becoming evident?

A: Yes.

Q: Were merchants largely responsible for spreading their alphabet around the region?

A: Yes.

Q: Were merchants importing produce from afar - grain from the Baltic?

A: Yes, and textiles from England, wine from Germany and metals from various countries.

Q: Was a merchant emerging and modern business practices were becoming evident?

A: Yes.

Q: Were merchants embedded within their societies and participated in the highest level of exchange?

A: Yes, and they transferred a more outward-looking mindset and system of values to their commercial exchange transactions, and also helped to disseminate a more global awareness to broader society and therefore acted as agents of change for local society.