Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World

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Edited by: Anne Wittke, Eckhart Olshausen and Richard Szydlak
This new atlas of the ancient world illustrates the political, economic, social and cultural developments in the ancient Near East, the Mediterranean world, the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic world and the Holy Roman Empire from the 3rd millennium BC until the 15th century AD.

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Trade routes in the Roman Empire (1st–3rd cents. AD)

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Author(s): Fellmeth, U.
The map shows the most important connections of transregional and overseas trade in the Roman Imperial period. The patterns of long-distance trade shifted several times, and so accordingly did trade routes. This map shows the situation during the Principate (1st – 3rd cents. AD). I. Maritime trading routes The map shows only the most important maritime trading routes, and does not include coastal shipping. The maritime routes shown on the map are not exact descriptions of ancient shipping routes. For one thing, we simply do not know exactly w…

Trading relations between the Mediterranean world and north of the Alps (8th–5th cents. BC)

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Author(s): Terp, M.
From about the 8th cent., contacts between the Mediterranean region and the area north of the Alps can be observed, as documented by finds of Etruscan and Greek provenance in Hallstatt territory. Both the large number of sites and the presence of certain significant types of artefacts like metal objects and pottery from Etruscan or Greek settlements and cultural areas as well as the increasing volume of goods in the course of the centuries make it highly likely that these goods were not exclusiv…

Trading routes in the Hellenistic period (4th–1st cents. BC)

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Author(s): Wittke, A.-M.
In spite of the many military conflicts, the Near East and the Mediterranean region formed an increasingly close-knit zone of economic and commercial activity in the Hellenistic period. Participants were the Hellenistic kingdoms of the eastern Mediterranean, the Carthaginian thalassocracy, the Greek cities and leagues and, from at least the 3rd cent., the ascendant power of Rome. This process of integration was assisted by the increasing establishment of the money economy. The most important com…