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Title: Roman trade with India and the distant East 31 BC to AD 180
Author: McLaughlin, Raoul John
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis is a study of Roman trade contacts with the distant East and the impact of this commerce upon the ancient economy. The first part of this work re-considers and updates evidence for the sea routes between Roman Egypt and India and examines the overland routes between Roman Syria and Mesopotamia. The second part ofthis work investigates how this eastern commerce effected the Roman economy. Chapter One is a review of the main academic studies that previously examined Rome's eastern trade. This chapter also contains a discussion of the main source evidence. Chapter Two considers the evidence for Roman trade between Egypt and India including a discussion as to how commerce developed or declined. Chapter Three discusses current evidence for trade between Roman Syria and the Parthian territories of Mesopotamia, in particular the city of Palmyra and its trade with Charax and the Persian Gulf. Chapter Four considers the scale of eastern goods entering th~ Roman Empire and the value of customs revenue that this commerce produced. Chapter Five examines current theories. regarding the financial system of the Roman Empire and assesses the role of eastern trade revenues. A new model for the finances of the Roman State is provided. Chapter Six contains a review of the most influential theories concerning the Roman economy and provides a new reconstruction that -explains the significance of eastern trade. The work also contains an additional study describing trade vessels that Roman merchants adapted for voyages to India, while a second study deals with theories concerning the financing of Roman-Egyptian trade ventures to India. This appendix offers new theories as to how these trade ventures were organised and funded.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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