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Indo-Roman Trade: From Pots to Pepper, 1st edition

  • Roberta Tomber

Published by Bristol Classical Press (November 20th 2008) - Copyright © 2008

1st edition

Indo-Roman Trade: From Pots to Pepper

ISBN-13: 9780715636961

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This book brings together for the first time archaeological findings from key ports throughout the Indian Ocean - the Red Sea, South Arabia, the Gulf and India - to build up a balanced picture of relations between East and West. Combined evidence from artefacts and documents reveals a complex situation whereby ordinary goods were carried alongside the more costly items - such as pepper, aromatics and gems - that drove the trade. Here the focus is on ordinary artefacts that uncover a network of Romans, Arabs, Sasanians and Indians who participated in the trade. The evidence from ceramics, especially, shows the interplay between these different ethnic groups, where they lived, when the trade was active, and even how it was organised. The book is arranged geographically, drawing on new evidence from archaeological sites and materials on the Red Sea and in India. A final chapter sketches the changing fortunes of trade between the first century BC and the seventh century AD in the light of these important new archaeological discoveries.

Table of contents

Preface and acknowledgements List of illustrations 1. Introducing Indo-Roman trade 2. Charting exchange through texts and objects 3. Evolution of the Roman Red Sea 4. Beyond the Roman world 5. Lands to the East 6. Changing scenes and forces Endnotes Bibliography Index

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