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Rethinking Classical Indo-Roman Trade: Political Economy of Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Relations

Rajan Gurukkal


The book is a critical rethinking of the nature of the classical eastern Mediterranean exchange relations with the coasts of the Indian subcontinent. It examines in the light of the extant source material and theoretical insights whether the expression ‘Indo-Roman trade’ is tenable. Characterizing the nature of contemporary exchanges in detail, the book maintains that the expression ‘Indo-Roman trade’ is inappropriate. It starts off with the theoretical premise that the term ‘trade’, if applied uniformly to all kinds of transactions in time and place, will lead to many anachronistic correlatio ... More

Keywords: Forms of exchange, stratified society, classical eastern Mediterranean exchange relations, Indo-Roman trade, peninsular India, south Indian historiography, Tamil chieftains

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199460854
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rajan Gurukkal, author
Professor, Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Sciences, Banglore