Ancient trade

03 Oct 1994 12:00

In the time of the classical civilizations; in the Bronze Age; in the neolithic. Inner Asia, especially the Silk Road; the Indian Ocean routes. Comparison with Melanesian kula chains.

It's sometimes argued that science, democracy and commerce went together in Ionia and similarly enlightened parts of Greece --- but what about their trading partners, like the Phoenicians?

Cf. my (fairly long) paper "Sing, Ye Countinghouse Muses" on the tangle of music, poetry, myths, commerce and aristocracy in ancient and archaic Greece (roughly, from Homer to Aristotle).