The battle of Actium waged in 31 BC and the annexation of Egypt in 30 BC to the Roman Empire opened up avenues for increased commercial contact between the Roman Empire, South Asia in general and India in particular and the port of Muziris was the premier trading post of India. In this volume, eminent international scholars from the USA, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Italy as well as India provide detailed analysis of maritime trade in the Indian Ocean region in the early historic period.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction (K. S. Mathew) 2. Reconstructing Networks of Trade and Exchange in the Indian Ocean during the Early Historic Period (Robin Coningham, Mark Manuel and Jo Shoebridge) 3. Local Networks and Long-distance Trade (Ariane De Saxce) 4. From the Mediterranean to South Asia (Steven E. Sidebotham) 5. Wars,Trade and Treaties (Michael A. Speidel) 6. Roman Ports on the Red Sea and their Contacts with Africa, Arabia and South Asia (Steven E. Sidebotham) 7. The Port of Sumhuram (Khor Rori) (Alessandra Avanzini) 8. South Arabian Pottery outside South Arabia (Vittoria Buffa) 9. Maritime Trade Contacts of Odisha (Sila Tripati, Kumar Patnaik and Gopal Charan Pradhan) 10. Assessing the Early Historic Indian Ocean Trade through Ceramics (K. Krishnan and R. Ballavally) 11. Ancient Ports of Kerala: An Overview (V. Selvakumar) 12. International Maritime Trade (Ajit KUmar, S. V. Rajesh, G. S. Abhayan, V. Vinod and Sujana Stephen) 13. Examining the Hinterland and Foreland of the Port of Muziris in the Wider Perspective of the Subcontinent’s Long-distance Networks (Ranabit Chakravarti) 14. Muziris and the Trajectories of Maritime Trade in the Indian Ocean in the First Millennium (Pius Malekandathil) 15. A Muziris Export: Schidai or Ivory Trimmings (Federico De Romanis) 16. The Roman Pottery from Pattanam (Roberta Tomber) 17. TomberMoney Matters: Indigenous and Foreign Coins in the Malabar Coast (Susmita Basu Majumdar)
K.S. Mathew obtained his Ph.D. in history and postgraduate diploma in Portuguese from the JNU, New Delhi. He founded the Institute for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities and continues to be its Honorary Director.