Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This program is the third episode in a five-volume series that investigates the ancient empires of the world, including those of Babylon, Greece, and Rome. The myriad beliefs and practices of these places of antiquity are presented with archival materials, art, reenactments, on-site visits, and interviews with scholars. The topic of this chapter of the series is the development of commerce. Humans traded for goods and services when they lived in early societies. The process became more centralized with the development of cities and commercial districts. The mercantile class was born, attuned to recognizing and fulfilling the needs of consumers.