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Author: Matthew A. Cobb
In Rome and the Indian Ocean Trade from Augustus to the Early Third Century CE Matthew Adam Cobb examines the development of commercial exchange between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean worlds from the Roman annexation of Egypt (30 BCE) up to the early third century CE.
Among the issues considered are the identities of those involved, how they organised and financed themselves, the challenges they faced (scheduling, logistics, security, sailing conditions), and the types of goods they traded.
Drawing upon an expanding corpus of new evidence, Cobb aims to reassess a number of long-standing scholarly assumptions about the nature of Roman participation in this trade. These range from its chronological development to its economic and social impact.

centuries CE . This occurrence can be linked to periods of intense (re)construction of the praesidia , which feeds into a broader debate about the peak period of Roman involvement in the Indian Ocean trade. 4 In addition to the important role the Roman state played in ensuring the safe transport of goods

In: Rome and the Indian Ocean Trade from Augustus to the Early Third Century CE
Author: Anjana Singh

the Cape of Storms—later re-named Cape of Good Hope—in 1498, introduced a greater number of Europeans visiting the South Asian sub-continent than in previous centuries, yet this so called “Age of Discovery” did not particularly impact the Indian Ocean trade adversely for the first couple of centuries

In: Empires of the Sea

Abstract

Despite a great deal of research undertaken by historians, archaeologists and other maritime scholars, there remains a rather poor understanding of the design and construction of ships that sailed the Red Sea and Indian Ocean in antiquity. Similarly, there are few indications as to whether any unifying features existed that made them particularly suited to sailing in monsoonal conditions or within enclosed sea basins, or both. This kind of information is important to gain a deeper understanding of the types of boats used to carry cargo over long-distance trade routes in these pioneering times, early on in the shift to a globalised economy. It could also provide indirect evidence for port and harbour infrastructure available along these routes. This paper will evaluate the current state of knowledge concerning the types of vessels that plied the Red Sea and Indian Ocean trade routes from the Ptolemaic to the Roman period.

In: Human Interaction with the Environment in the Red Sea
Author: Patrick Wing

changing in the 15th century. Indian Ocean Trade and the Mamluks’ Changing Relationship with the Hijaz The Hijaz had always been important to the political ideology of the Mamluks. This region of the Arabian Peninsula is home to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and the Mamluk sultans

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
Author: Richard Foltz

The role of Iranian merchants in the maritime trade of the Indian Ocean basin from antiquity up to the 16th century is often underestimated. From scholarly histories to popular culture the “Muslim sailor” is typically portrayed as being an Arab. In fact, from pre-Islamic times the principal actors in Indian Ocean trade were predominantly Persian, as attested by the archaeological data, local written records, and the names of places and individuals.

In: Iran and the Caucasus

Roxani Eleni MARGARITI. Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade: 150 Years in the Life of a Medieval Arabian Port . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. xiii + 343 pp., clothbound. ISBN: 978-0-8078- 3076-5; and S. D. GOITEIN and Mordechai A. FRIEDMAN, India Traders of the Middle Ages

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
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In: Eighteenth-Century Gujarat