Abstract

The following article discusses the importance of the province of Fars/Persis as an important province and the Persian Gulf as an important entrepôt. The essay seeks to demonstrate that because of the Perso-Byzantine rivalry the amount of trade on the silk roads was reduced and consequently the amount of sea trade via the Persian Gulf was increased by the fifth and sixth centuries C.E. The campaign for controlling trade in silk and spices was taken to the seas, and Persian colonies were established as far away as Sri Lanka. Administrative seals and Sasanian silver coins also indicated a lively exchange of commodities and the presence of Persians in East Asia.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-8050
Print ISSN
1045-6007
Pages
pp. 1-16
Launched on MUSE
2003-02-10
Open Access
No
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