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Pepper Timeline

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  • 2000 BCE
    Pepper is widely used in Indian cooking.
  • 400 BCE
    Pepper is known in Greece.
  • 30 BCE
    Pepper is directly imported by Roman ships from India and its price decreases.
  • 100 CE - 300 CE
    Pepper becomes a major ingredient in Roman cooking.
  • 408 CE
    Alaric I the Visigoth besieges Rome. As ransom, Rome pays 5,000 pounds of gold, 30,000 pounds of silver, 4,000 silken tunics, 3,000 hides dyed scarlet, and 3,000 pounds of pepper.