chapter  V
Trading on and beyond the Frontier
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DuringthereignoftheemperorNero(A.D.54-68),ayoungRoman servingastheagentofthemerchantJulianusundertookatradingexpeditiontotheBaltic.Leavingfromthegreatlegionaryfortressand tradingtownofCarnuntumontheDanube,heandhismentraveled some600milesnorthalongoneofthemostwellknownofthetrade routesintofreeGermany.Thisroutelednorthwardupthevalleyofthe March,throughtheMoravianGates,andintotheGermanplain.From theupperOder,thetrailproceededtowardKaliszinupperPoland, whereitreachedthelowerVistulaandthefamous"AmberCoast"of theBaltic.ThetripfromCamuntumalongtheamberroutetothe Baltictookabouttwomonths,althoughamerchantpassingthisway couldspendconsiderablylongerifhestoppedtobargainatthenumeroustradingpoststhatlayalongtherouteandofferedtravelersaccommodationsandtheopportunitytopurchaselocalwares.1Needlessto say,thiswasnotanewtrail,butonethathadexistedfromprehistoric times,joiningBalticandMediterraneanlands.TheyoungRoman trailblazer'sadventureswerewellpublicized,however,andthelarge amountofamberhebroughtbackhelpedtofocusRomanattentionon thisandotherproductsoftheNorth.