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Published: 15 April 2020

416 Pages | 51 black-and-white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198842347

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The Indo-Roman Pepper Trade and the Muziris Papyrus

Federico De Romanis

Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy

  • Presents a fresh and innovative study of the two texts of the Muziris papyrus, one of the most important documents in the legal and economic history of the Roman Empire
  • Offers an analysis that incorporates the longue durée history of the South Indian pepper trade, from antiquity to early modernity
  • Draws on not only the Mediterranean-based data but also the South Indian sources and perspectives in an in-depth and balanced comparative examination
  • Clarifies the logistical challenges and economic/fiscal concerns of the early Roman Empire's trade with South India, including the technicalities related to the assessment and collection of Roman customs duties on Indian commodities
  • Reconceptualizes the interplay between merchants, tax collectors, and the imperial Roman government