The Roman state and Red Sea trade revenue

Cobb, Matthew and Wilkinson, Troy (2022) The Roman state and Red Sea trade revenue. In: Networked spaces: the spatiality of networks in the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean. MOM Éditions, Lyon, pp. 213-226. ISBN 9782356680785

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Several estimates have been made of the revenue derived by the Roman state from taxing the goods flowing through its Red Sea ports as part of wider Indian Ocean networks of exchange. The present paper assesses these models and gives greater emphasis to the limitations of the evidence, particularly the typicality of the Hermapollon’s cargo and the wider issue of fluctuations in trading activity (year to year and in the longue durée). It is suggested that previous revenue estimates of 200-270 million sestertii are probably too high.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Red Sea, Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean, Antiquity, medieval period, network, trade, port, nomad, navigation, logistics, spatiality
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Matthew Cobb
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2023 14:04
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2023 14:04

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