The Ancient Holy Land in art generally refers to the geographical location of the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean, also called the Levant. It encompassed a wide variety of cultures, including Canaan, Israel, and Palestine. The art of this culture, however, are by no means limited to these cultures. The Levant was part of a crucial trade route that encompassed the entire Eastern Mediterranean, with Egypt, Cyprus, Crete, the Cyclades, Greece, and the City States along the Levant being the major players. Additionally, the Levant served as a trade hotspot with civilizations further in land, and as far away as India and Asia. Due to the rich cosmopolitanism of the Holy Land, their art demonstrates influence from Egypt, to the Near East, and Greece.