- Nov 2010
Everything I've read about that Garum makes it sound disgusting. Major delicacy and part of the economy though!
I think that's a feature of any highly processed foods!Everything I've read about that Garum makes it sound disgusting. Major delicacy and part of the economy though!
Next time you go to the Iberian Peninsula, visit the Roman ruins in Troia (Troy) near “Salacia” (today’s Alcácer do Sal), were existed a factory:Everything I've read about that Garum makes it sound disgusting. Major delicacy and part of the economy though!
I just had a browse about Silphium and found this article on BBC explaining a lot of what you say and the plants fortunes: The Mystery of the lost Roman HerbA lucrative source of profit for Cyrene was the medicinal plant called silphium. It grew wild and proved resistant to transplanting elsewhere in the Roman world. Its root could be pickled and its leaf eaten, and it was used as a laxative and as an antiseptic. In fact, silphium came to be considered as wonder medicinal plant, with many claiming it as an aphrodisiac to a cure for chills. It was so important to the economy of Cyrenaica that it was depicted on the coinage of that region. The plant has never been definitely identified, but it may have been related to fennel. The plant probably became extinct during the reign of the Emperor Nero.
Many have addressed the rather wide first question. Although there's been a tendency over the years for ancient historians to ignore or even dismiss the economic reasons for ancient players' actions on the basis that is a modernist view, those reasons existed nonetheless. A better way of approaching that question is from the perspective of what still drives geopolitical action today: resources and their control; nothing has altered over the millennia. Once looked at from that angle, the most important tradeable items were grain, precious metals (and iron) and, often, timber.What were the most profitable trade goods in the Ancient Mediterannean?
Which Cities or political entities excelled in the production/carrying of goods?
He's dead right. These were the basic important trade commodities of power and it doesn't take too long to think of Roman and other examples. If you traded these commodities you were at once both well off and rather concerned about the power politics of your time.An empire without bread starves. A naval empire without timber rapidly becomes a contradiction in terms [...] To control a trade route was no less important than controlling the source of the import that traveled it.