Federico De Romanis is Associate Professor at the Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”. His publications include Cassia, cinnamomo, ossidiana. Uomini e merci tra Oceano Indiano e Mediterraneo (Rome 1996, 2006) and, as coeditor with A. Tchernia, Crossings: Early Mediterranean Contacts with India (Manohar 1997).
Marco Maiuro taught ancient history at Columbia University 2008-2014. Author of Res Caesaris. Ricerche sulla proprietà imperiale nel Principato (Bari 2012), he is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University and Associate Fellow of Columbia's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies.
Contributors are: Jean-Jacques Aubert, Jairus Banaji, Federico De Romanis, Harry Falk, Martha C. Howell, E. Lo Cascio, Marco Maiuro, Dario Nappo, Katia Schörle, Taco Terpstra and Andrew Wilson.
All interested in the social and economic history of the Roman Empire, Ancient India, and the Indian Ocean trade.
"[T]his good book first and foremost reinforces the position of the topic in question in ancient studies; in addition it opens interesting perspectives for future research in this field, for the method promoted by the editors is undoubtedly a good way to enhance our knowledge of the relationship between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean in antiquity." Pierre Schneider, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.02.27.
Table of contents
List of Table, Figures, and Maps
Federico De Romanis and Marco Maiuro
Part 1 - The Cradle of the Ancient India Trade: The Red Sea
1 Red Sea Trade and the State
2 Trajan’s Canal: River Navigation from the Nile to the Red Sea?
3 Pearls, Power, and Profit: Mercantile Networks and Economic Considerations of the Pearl Trade in the Roman Empire
4 Roman Policy on the Red Sea in the Second Century CE
5 Roman Trade with the Far East: Evidence for Nabataean Middlemen in Puteoli
Part 2 - Comparative Perspectives on the India Trade
6 Indian Gold Crossing the Indian Ocean Through the Millennia
7 ‘Regions that Look Seaward’: Changing Fortunes, Submerged Histories, and the Slow Capitalism of the Sea
8 Comparative Perspectives on the Pepper Trade
Federico De Romanis
9 Into the East: European Merchants in Asian Markets During the Early Modern Period
Elio Lo Cascio
Index of Sources