By Audita Bhattacharya From the Persian Empire conquered by Alexander III of Macedon to Egypt being ruled by the Ptolemies for 300 years till the last Ptolemaic pharaoh, Cleopatra VII Philopator, Anand Kanitkar had an audience of thirty glued to their notebooks, scribbling away fanatically. For World Heritage Week, heritage preservation organisations Pradaya and Pathil organised lectures on ‘trade in ancient Maharashtra’ on November 21 and invited Anand Kanitkar to speak about ancient Indo-Roman Trade and trade routes, at 90 One Art Gallery in the city. Speaking about the origin of the Indo-Roman trade route from Egypt to India, Kanitkar narrated the discovery of the monsoon winds around 20 BC by a sailor called Hippalus. “The ships could now come all the way from Yemen and Ethiopia to the western coast of India. We have records from 20 BC, which say that only 20 ships from Egypt came per year to India. But after the discovery of the monsoon winds, 120 ships were coming from Egypt every year. An almost 100 per cent increase in goods such as essence, spices, stones and semi-precious stones, which were wanted by the Romans. This was the beginning of the Satavahana empire in Maharashtra… Read full this story
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