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The Muziris papyrus and the cycles of South Indian pepper trade



The Muziris papyrus and the cycles of South Indian pepper trade

Moving from the exhibition “Pompei a Roman city” held at the Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal, 6 February-5 September 2016), the Italian Cultural Institute will reveal a rich program of conferences (24 May-December 2016) on the excellence of the Italian art of preserving and restoring the antiquities and of the knowledge about the Roman civilization, on historical and archaeological heritage and Latin documentary.
The Institute is pleased to present a lecture by Prof. Federico De Romanis.

December 1st, 2016 - 6pm - Musée des Beaux-arts - Le Salon – Presentation will be in English - Free admission

The so-called Muziris papyrus contains crucial information regarding the Indian cargo of a ship named the Hermapollon that, sometime in the mid-second century CE, sailed back to Egypt from Muziris, a South Indian coastal market not far from modern Kochi (Kerala, India). Comparisons between what we know about this ancient commercial enterprise and corresponding data from later medieval Arab geographers and 16th century Portuguese sources make it possible to construct a long duree perspective of western Indian Ocean pepper trade.

Federico De Romanis earned his laurea at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and his doctorate at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici in San Marino. He was a Fellow at the Istituto Italiano di Studi Storici (Naples, Italy) and at the Italian Academy for Advanced Study in America (Columbia University, New York), and visiting professor at the Kerala Council for Historical Research (Trivandrum, Kerala, India). He has taught at the Universities of Catania and Viterbo and is currently Associate Professor of Roman History at the University “Tor Vergata”, Rome. His research focuses on ancient trade (specializing in Indian Ocean trade) and on grain consumption in ancient Rome. Apart from numerous essays and articles, his publications include Cassia, cinnamomo, ossidiana. Uomini e merci tra Oceano Indiano e Mediterraneo (Rome 1996, reprinted in 2006). He is also co-editor of and contributor to Crossings: Early Mediterranean Contacts with India (New Delhi 1997); Dal denarius al dinar. L'Oriente e la moneta romana. Atti dell'Incontro di studio, Roma, 16-18 settembre 2004, Studi e materiali 12 (Roma 2006); and Across the Ocean. Nine Chapters on Indo-Mediterranean Trade (Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition, Leiden/Boston, Brill 2015).


Date: Thursday, December 01, 2016

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

In collaboration with : Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal

Entrance : Free


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