The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean: The Ancient World Economy and the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia and India

The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean: The Ancient World Economy and the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia and India

Raoul McLaughlin


The historical proof means that foreign trade provided Roman govt with as much as a 3rd of the sales that sustained their empire. In precedent days huge fleets of Roman service provider ships set sail from Egypt on voyages around the Indian Ocean. They sailed from Roman ports at the crimson Sea to far away kingdoms at the east coast of Africa and the seaboard off southern Arabia. Many persisted their voyages around the ocean to alternate with the wealthy kingdoms of old India. Freighters from the Roman Empire left with bullion and back with shipment holds full of helpful alternate items, together with unique African items, Arabian incense and japanese spices. 

This publication examines Roman trade with Indian kingdoms from the Indus zone to the Tamil lands. It investigates contacts among the Roman Empire and strong African kingdoms, together with the Nilotic regime that governed Meroe and the emerging Axumite Realm. additional chapters discover Roman dealings with the Arab kingdoms of south Arabia, together with the Saba-Himyarites and the Hadramaut Regime, which despatched caravans alongside the incense path to the traditional rock-carved urban of Petra.

The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean is the 1st publication to convey those topics jointly in one accomplished learn that unearths Rome's influence at the historical international and explains how overseas alternate funded the Legions that maintained imperial rule. It bargains a brand new overseas viewpoint at the Roman Empire and its legacy for contemporary society.

Show sample text content

Download sample