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Worlds Apart Trading Together : The organisation of long-distance trade between Rome and India in Antiquity - Kasper Gronlund Evers

Worlds Apart Trading Together

The organisation of long-distance trade between Rome and India in Antiquity

Paperback Published: 28th February 2018
ISBN: 9781784917425
Number Of Pages: 222

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Worlds Apart Trading Together sets out to replace the outdated notion of `Indo-Roman trade' with a more informed perspective integrating the new findings of the last 30 years. In order to accomplish this, a perspective focusing on concrete demand from the ground up is adopted, also shedding light on the role of the market in long-distance exchange. Accordingly, the analysis conducted demonstrates that an economically highly substantial trade took place between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean in the 1st-6th cen. CE, altering patterns of consumption and modes of production in both India, South Arabia and the Roman Empire. Significantly, it can be documented that this trade was organised at the centres of demand and supply, in Rome and India, respectively, by comparable urban associations, the transport in-between being handled by equally well-organised private networks and diasporas of seagoing merchants. Consequently, this study concludes that the institution of the market in Antiquity was able to facilitate trade over very long distances, acting on a scale which had a characteristic impact on the economies of the societies involved, their economic structures converging by adapting to trade and the market.

Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1: What's in a name? A brief historiography of Indo-Roman trade; Chapter 2: Ancient history `from below'. Theoretical perspectives; Chapter 3: Turning the tables on Indo-Roman trade; Chapter 4: The invisible hand of Roman organisations; Chapter 5: Demand and supply in Rome and the provinces; Chapter 6: The modus operandi of Roman long-distance trade; Chapter 7: Towards a wider world of trade in the ancient Indian Ocean; Chapter 8: The invisible hand of Indian organisations; Conclusion: Worlds apart trading together; Maps; Bibliography

ISBN: 9781784917425
ISBN-10: 1784917427
Series: Archaeopress Roman Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 28th February 2018
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 19.68  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.73

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