The Levant was a region in Lyra's world. A book called A Phrase-Book for the Levant (edited by James Verity and published by Smith and Strange Ltd) was about phrases spoken in this area. A map of the Levant and the Ottoman Empire was featured on Globetrotter's list of maps. The S.S. Zenobia went on a 36-day cruise around the Levant. The book The Silk Road, which Hannah Relf lent Malcolm Polstead was about trade routes in Central Asia, Tartary and the Levant.