"From everywhere, senator. Asia. Syria. Tyre. Alexandria."
Mercury, the Roman God of Trade. Gaulish Depiction on a Stele
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These are all important places on the Roman trade routes. Among the most important commodities bought by the Romans were olive oil, wine, and grain. Africa and Egypt were two main sources of grain. More exotic goods such as spices and incense came in from the east.

Ancient Syria marked on a map
Public DomainAncient Syria marked on a map - Credit: Nuno Tavares/Wikimedia Commons
 
The Roman province of Asia marked on a map
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Alexandria marked on a map
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