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17 June 2010

Piracy and trade on the western coast of India (AD 1-250)
Piracy and trade on the western coast of India (AD 1-250) 
Author: Sunil Gupta
DOI: 10.1080/00672700709480449
Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year
Published in: Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, Volume 42, Issue 1 2007 , pages 37 - 51
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This paper explores the theme of 'piracy and trade in the Indian Ocean' with respect to the situation prevailing on the western coast of India in the first three centuries AD. References to pirates on the western Indian coastland contained in Graeco-Roman sources such as the Periplus Maris Erythraei (first century AD), the Natural History of Pliny (first century AD) and the Geographia of Ptolemy (second century AD) have been taken at face value and integrated into historical discourse without critical analysis. This study seeks to situate the 'piracy and trade' theme in proper historical perspective; both in the context of the western Indian coastlands and the Indian Ocean in general. The study draws from archaeological surveys of the Konkan and Kanara coastal tracts conducted between 1992-96 and 2000-2002.

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