Trade, Transport and Society in the Ancient World (Routledge Revivals): A Sourcebook

1st Edition

Onno Van Nijf, Fik Meijer

Routledge
Published April 7, 2016
Reference - 202 Pages
ISBN 9781138826601 - CAT# Y172854
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

This book, first published in 1992, presents an introduction to the nature of trade and transport in antiquity through a selection of translated literary, papyrological, epigraphical and legal sources. These texts illustrate a range of aspects of ancient trade and transport: from the role of the authorities, to the status of traders, to the capacity and speed of ancient ships.

It is clear that the actual means of transportation were crucial; the book illustrates the limitations of ancient transport technology and the consequences for the development of commerce. It focuses first on different aspects of transport over land and then on transport by river and concludes with a discussion of several aspects of ancient seafaring,

This book is ideal for students of ancient history.

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