The History of Spice Trade Pt3

The spice trade episode was an epic undertaking and I am so pleased with it, but sadly we have reached the end!

On this final part we are examining a number of other spices -namely black pepper, cardamom and ginger- and we learn about the demise of the Nabateans in the early centuries of our common era. We also see how the clever tribes enhanced the selling of their incense and spices by weaving elaborate stories, with monsters and dangerous birds guarding the valuable trees!

The ancient world was highly globalised and the Arabian traders were in the middle of a lucrative route; incense and spices and precious, exotic luxury goods were coming from the East and used in the West, for many millennia. For rituals, for food and seen as items that bestowed power and authority to the person who possessed them. Were the magical tears of Frankinsence, much coveted by the Egyptian Nobility, the thing that kick-started the global race for spices?


Music by Epidemic Sound and Motion Array except

Theme of The Delicious Legacy and end song by Pavlos Kapralos

Free Mily by Miltos Boumis

Voiceover actors appearing in order : Mark Knight, Baron Anastis, Jim Bryden, Rachael Louise Miller.


The Periplous of the Erythraean Sea (ancient unknown author),

Roman Arabia by Bowersock

Cumin, Camels and Caravans - A Spice Odyssey by Gary Paul Nabhan 

Food in the Ancient World from A to Z by Andrew Dalby.

Wikipedia :

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