Lecture Shows How Spices Transformed The World

January 10, 2010

It seems unbelievable now that a spice as common as pepper could have established relationships between Rome and India, led to global voyages and propelled colonialism.

But next week a special lecture at the University of St. Thomas will teach people how spices transformed the world through commerce. The lecture is part of a series called “Culinary Excavations – Food Throughout History” and is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Houston Society.

Speaking at the Jan. 12 event is Roberta Tomber, who works at the British Museum in the area of conservation, documentation and science. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd.

Attendees can learn about the earliest trade routes between the Roman Empire and Asia, uncover the identities of the earliest merchants and learn about the pivotal role pepper from India played in the commerce of the ancient world. This trade led to the exchange of ideas between two continents and influenced world events for centuries to come.

General admission is $15, but tickets are $10 for archaeological institute members, India House members and students. For more information, visit aia-houston.com or contact Becky Lao at (281) 497-7382 or beckylao [at] att.net.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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