I am jumping ahead of myself a bit with this book on the history of Rome. That is to say, I am now just about to write the first page (I am determined that tomorrow will not end until I have actually got a file on my computer entitled "SPQRChap1" and some words in it). But I am also giving myself sme time looking at material for much later chapters.
So, when it comes to thinking about Rome's global reach, I have in mind discussing Roman trade with India. And I am wanting to get some good material to illustrate that. Now, I've read (and thought) quite a bit about the Roman idea of India and the East (and, of course, from another point of view, I know all those clichés about how nineteenth-century British historians imposed their own assumptions about British rule in India on their understanding of the nature of Roman imperialism -- often a bit too seductively simple an imposition, if you ask me).
But what I am now interested in (and what I've never really got to grips with before) are the actual traces of Roman on the ground in India. I've done the basic reading, but what next?