Black Pepper Consumption in the Roman Empire

Cobb, Matthew (2018) Black Pepper Consumption in the Roman Empire. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 61 (4). ISSN 0022-4995

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Abstract

During the Roman Imperial period huge quantities of black pepper arrived into the Empire from southern India and were employed in a range of contexts, from the culinary and medicinal, to the religious. This article seeks to examine the popularity of black pepper in the Roman Empire and test the theory that its consumption was not simply restricted to elite circles, but reached a wider spectrum of the population. In particular, price and wage data from the Edict of Maximum Prices is examined to see how feasible it was for those lower down the socio-economic spectrum to make such purchases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roman Imperial period, Black pepper
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
Depositing User: Matthew Cobb
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 14:41
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 12:16
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/848

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