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Dr. Michael Scott (U. Warwick, UK): Comparing East and West: Trading goods and the development of community relationships in antiquity - the case of the Han-Xiongnu and Parthia-Rome
This talks compares how goods were exchanged between two sets of communities at the eastern and western ends of the Silk Roads in the 2nd century BCE to the 2nd century CE. Both sets of communities were regular enemies on the battlefield: the Han and nomadic Xiongnu in the east and the Parthians and Romans in the west. And yet the nature of the systems of exchange between each pair could not have been more different, with important consequences not only for their relative relationships and hierarchies, but also for the wider development of Silk Roads trade.
Dr Michael Scott is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Warwick UK, a UK National Teaching Fellow and Honorary Citizen of Delphi, Greece. He has published extensively on the Greek and Roman worlds with Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press. His most recent book 'Ancient Worlds' (Penguin Random House) is published in the US with Basic Books and offers an analysis of ancient global interaction based around three key moments in antiquity. He is currently undertaking a Leverhulme Research Fellowship working on the development of early trading links between the Mediterranean, Asia, India and China 3rd centuries BCE-3rd century CE. He also writes and presents TV documentaries about the ancient world for the BBC and ITV (UK), National Geographic (US), and SBS (Australia). www.michaelscottweb.com