The people of ancient Palmyra in Syria became wealthy through luxury trade to the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean world, and the remotest parts of China. In the first centuries of our era, merchants transporting silk, pearls, gemstones and other precious items crossed the desert from east to west through this thriving commercial hub. Hear from Roman archaeologist Katia Schörle about this famed caravan city and how the convergence of trade and social networks made it one of the most prosperous cities of the ancient world.
Katia Schörle is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology at Brown University. She has worked extensively on the Roman Mediterranean as well as on the Indo-Roman trade, on topics relating to Roman art, archaeology and architecture, merchant networks and maritime connectivity, and trade and the ancient economy.