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Jul17-09, 07:45 AM
I'm confused … since Rome ruled most of the known world …
who was it in debt to?
This is a common misconception. The Romans themselves were aware of vast lands to the east which had been conquered by Alexander the Great. These lands extended from the eastern boundary of the Roman Empire to India. It's also likely that Romans were vaguely aware of the Han Empire in China whose influence extended to the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea.
are you saying that Rome was in debt to the Han empire, and Alexander the Great?