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Indo-Roman trade and the Muziris papyrus Osre

Author: Federico De Romanis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2020.
Series: Oxford studies on the Roman economy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First edition

Through an innovative analysis of a pair of unique second-century AD documents, this volume offers an updated perspective on the Roman Empire's trade with South India, drawing on recent  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Federico De Romanis
ISBN: 0198842341 9780198842347
OCLC Number: 1242544305
Description: xxiv, 381 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: FrontmatterList of FiguresList of TablesList of Abbreviations0: Introduction0.1. SynopsisP. Vindob. G 40822: Text and TranslationPart I. Contextualizing the Muziris Papyrus1: Bridging Disconnected Seas1.1. Challenges1.2. The Northern Passages1.3. The Southern Passages1.4. Multifaceted Complementarity2: Riding the Monsoons2.1. Direct Sea Routes2.2. Multi-Stage Sea Routes2.3. Heading for India2.4. The Pleiades in the Middle of the Yard3: Pepper Lands3.1. Kottanarike, the Southern Pepper-Producing Land3.2. Male, the Northern Pepper-Producing Land3.3. Early Modern Quantitative Dimensions3.4. Ancient Prices4: South Indian Perspectives4.1. Gatherers4.2. Traders4.3. Kings4.4. The Pepper Pendulum5: Supporting Sources5.1. Strabo: The Customs Duties on Indian Commodities5.2. The Periplus: The Ships and Cargoes of the South India Trade5.3. Pliny: The Schedule of the Commercial Enterprises to South India5.4. Ptolemy: The Evolution of the South Indian ContextPart II. Let Him Look to his Bond: A Loan Contract for Muziris (P. Vindob. G 40822 Recto)6: Deadline and Whereabouts6.1. A Debated Contract6.2. Time and Maritime Loans6.3. The Deadline for Repayment of the Muziris Loan Contracts6.4. In the Beginning Was the Loan Contract7: Selling and Repaying7.1. Repaying a Maritime Loan in Fourth-Century BC Athens7.2. Under the Lender's Power and Seal7.3. Earnings and Benefit of Assumption7.4. Outstanding Loans8: Loan and Logistics8.1. What the Loan Was All About8.2. Prudent Loans for Maritime Trade8.3. Caravans from Berenice8.4. The Coptos Ships8.5. Late Medieval ComparandaPart III. The Muziris Cargo of a Roman Indiaman (P. Vindob. G 40822 Verso)9: Three Minor Cargoes and How They Were Assessed9.1. Three Quarters of an Indiaman's Cargo9.2. Gangetic Nard9.3. Schidai9.4. Straightforward and Circuitous Evaluations9.5. Cargoes, Quarters, and the Arabarchs' Additional Shares10: The Other Cargoes10.1. Col. ii, ll. 14-30: An Overview10.2. Pepper: Col. ii, ll. 20-30 (and ll. 1-3)10.3. Tortoise Shell (?) and Malabathron: Col. ii, ll. 14-1911: Contrasts11.1. Ancient and Early Modern Pepper Carriers11.2. Another Pepper Trade11.3. Conspicuous Absences11.4. Indian and African TusksPart IV. The Red Sea Tax and the Muziris Papyrus12: Maris Rubri Vectigal12.1. Payments in Kind and Payments in Money12.2. Double Customs Duties on Different Tax Bases12.3. Rates12.4. Fiscal Values12.5. Weight Standards13: Dramatis Personae13.1. Arabarchs, Paralemptai, and Grammateis13.2. A Lender/Customs Collector13.3. A Borrower/Ship Owner13.4. The Imperial Administration14: EpilogueAppendices1. Exchanging Coins at Barygaza2. Axum and Silis in the Kephalaia: Trade and Powers in the Late Antique Indian OceanEndmatterReferencesIndex
Series Title: Oxford studies on the Roman economy.
Responsibility: Federico De Romanis.


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In sum, this is an impressive scholarly effort that greatly enhances our under-standing of intercontinental trade in antiquity and (proto-)globalisation. It will be the standard reference on Read more...

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