Externally funded project

Textilhandel und -distribution in der Antike


Textile Trade and Distribution 2. From the Ancient
Near East to the Mediterranean (1000 BC to AD 400)

November 2015


Dr. Kerstin

Universität Kassel /Teilgebiet Alte Geschichte

Dr. Marie-Louise Nosch

The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research (CTR)



have always been among the most popular goods of mankind. Thus it is surprising
that ancient textile production only within the last decades has been given
particular attention in Classical Studies. However it is remarkable that at the
same time textile trade and distribution has gained little attention so far.
This desideratum was the point of departure for the first international
conference “Textile Trade and Distribution in Antiquity”, held at
Philipps-University Marburg (Germany) in 2013. This follow-up conference is
based on a collaboration between the Department of Ancient History at Kassel University
and the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research and
will expand the outcomes of the Marburg conference by the integration of modern
economic stimuli. 30 researchers from 15 countries will give lectures
covering the fields of Ancient History, Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology,
Textile Research, Modern Economics, and Life Sciences.

To enable an
analysis of textile exchange processes we decided to follow a strict
terminological distinction between trade and distribution deriving from modern
Economics. We consider it important to be well aware of the actual meaning of
this vocabulary to create a common basis for communication for all attendees:

Trade: Purchase of goods from one (or
several) producer(s) or supplier(s), transportation, stockage and sale of these
goods to customers without modifying or processing them significantly. Traders
(or trading companies) normally act with the intention of profit making.

Distribution: Any process of making a product or
service available for use or consumption by a consumer or user.

So not all
exchange processes are automatically to be called trade; not every ‘exotic’
object came to the place where it was found by means of trade. Other
distribution channels such as presents, subsidies, tributes, and booty, should
not be neglected, though it is certainly often difficult to identify them.

conference aims to enable and facilitate interdisciplinary exchange and the
discussion of new methodological approaches. Overcoming traditional boundaries
between academic disciplines, identifying research gaps and discussing new
research focuses are declared objectives.



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