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Discuss how the provinces affected the general Roman economy.In Ancient Rome, the big cities such as Rome had to import food from all over the empire to feed theirgrowing and massive population. In this regard, different areas provided different goods to the city ofRome, like luxury goods from Europe, Africa and the Near East. Ships brought spices, jewels andperfumes from India, and also they imported Silk from caravans that came from China.It is worth noting that, trade was not common throughout all of ancient Rome’s history, as Cartwrightexplains: “However, there is also evidence that from the 2nd century BCE to the 2nd century CE therewas a significant rise in the proportion of workers involved in the production and services industries andgreater trade between regions in essential commodities and manufactured goods. In the later empireperiod, although trade in the east increased - stimulated by the founding of Constantinople - trade in thewestern empire declined.” (Cartwright, 2013)
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