Roman Economy:
Trade Goods

Trade Goods used in the Roman Empire

Trade was very important to the Roman empire.

Big cities like Rome had to import large amounts of food from all over the empire. Luxury goods also came from all over Europe, Africa and the Near East. Silk came on camel caravans from China. Ships brought spices, jewels and perfumes from India.

Transporting goods on land was expensive and often dangerous, so most commerce was conducted via shipping.

Within this section you will find a list of goods that were used in trade. Some were rare, some expensive, and some used every day, however each of them were an integral part of the Roman Economy.




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