Tag: Trade


The shape of the Roman world

‘ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World’ simulates the time and price costs of travel by land, river and sea across the mature imperial transportation network, notionally approximating conditions around 200 CE. In the version used for this paper, the model links some 750 sites (mostly cities but also some landmarks such as passes and promontories) by means of c.85,000 kilometers of Roman roads selected to represent the principal arterial connections throughout the empire.


Glassware from Roman Egypt at Begram (Afghanistan) and the Red Sea trade

In the period of the early Roman Empire, the Mediterranean basin and south Asia were connected by vast and complex networks of long-distance travel and commerce. The itineraries given in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea (maritime) and Parthian stations (overland) are not necessarily routes to be followed by a single merchant with a single cargo from beginning to end