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Federico De Romanis

Università di Roma

Comparative analysis of the Roman and Portuguese pepper trade


Federico De Romanis graduated from the Università di Roma "La Sapienza." He was a fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici in Naples and received his doctorate in historical sciences from the Università della Repubblica di S. Marino in 1992. He has taught at the Università di Catania and at the Università della Tuscia, and is currently Associate Professor in Roman History at the Università di Roma "Tor Vergata." He is also a member of the Istituto Italiano per Africa e l'Oriente. Professor De Romanis's main fields of research are Indian Ocean trade in antiquity and the grain supply of ancient Rome. He is the author of Cassia, cinnamomo, ossidiana. Uomini e merci tra Oceano Indiano e Mediterraneo, L'Erma di Bretschneider, Roma 1996; the co-editor (with A. Tchernia) of Crossings: Early Mediterranean Contacts with India, Manohar, New Delhi 1997; and the co-editor (with S. Sorda) of Dal denarius al dinar: L'Oriente e la moneta romana, Istituto Italiano di Numismatica, Roma 2006.