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Precious Materials in Antiquity
Collection by Mark Cartwright

Precious Materials in Antiquity

Certain materials have always been precious such as gold for its lustre, incorruptibility, and ease to work but some ancient cultures often gave a very high value to more unusual materials. The Romans loved Tyrian purple dye, the Incas prized...
Int'l Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and The Indian Ocean Trade: Crash Course World History #18
Video by CrashCourse

Int'l Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and The Indian Ocean Trade: Crash Course World History #18

In which John Green teaches you the history of the Indian Ocean Trade. John weaves a tale of swashbuckling adventure, replete with trade in books, ivory, and timber. Along the way, John manages to cover advances in seafaring technology, just...
The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: Crash Course World History #9
Video by CrashCourse

The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: Crash Course World History #9

The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: In which John Green teaches you about the so-called Silk Road, a network of trade routes where goods such as ivory, silver, iron, wine, and yes, silk were exchanged across the ancient world, from China to...
Trade in Ancient Greece
Video by CitiesX

Trade in Ancient Greece

In the video below, Museum of Fine Arts curator Phoebe Segal explains how ancient coins tell us about the trade routes and economic patterns of their time. For more CitiesX content, sign-up for the course on edX: https://www.edx.org/course/citiesx-past-present-future-urban-life-harvardx-urban101x...
Trade and Economics in the Middle Ages
Video by MrLynnHistory

Trade and Economics in the Middle Ages

The history of medieval trade.
Sahara Desert Documentary HD - Africa's trade routes with Caravans of Gold
Video by Sahara Desert Documentary HD

Sahara Desert Documentary HD - Africa's trade routes with Caravans of Gold

We always have to keep in mind that a Documentary, after all, can tell lies and it can tell lies because it lays claim to a form of veracity which fiction doesn't. Some of the documentaries are made just to discredit some particular person...
Map of Roman & Parthian Trade Routes
Image by Jan van der Crabben

Map of Roman & Parthian Trade Routes

This map shows the Roman-Parthian trade route system, circa between the 1st and the 3rd centuries CE. During this period, the Roman Empire and the Parthian Empire were the two superpowers of the region and the Roman-Parthian trade system...
Hellenic Trade Routes, 300 BCE
Image by Jan van der Crabben

Hellenic Trade Routes, 300 BCE

Alexander the Great died in Babylon on the 13th of June, 323 BCE. His Macedonian-Greek empire broke apart, but Alexander’s heritage was felt throughout the ancient Mediterranean world for centuries. Three Hellenic empires emerged from the...
Ancient Indian Maritime Trade Routes
Image by George Tsiagalakis

Ancient Indian Maritime Trade Routes

This map is derived from the book Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. It depicts trade routes in the ancient world, ports in the Chera territory and other parts of India and the trade routes connecting them to other parts of the world along with...
Trans-Saharan Trade Routes
Image by Aa77zz

Trans-Saharan Trade Routes

A map indicating the major trans-Saharan trade routes across West Africa c. 1100-1500 CE. The darker yellow areas indicate gold fields.