His task is to condense 70,000 years of history of man's ingenuity and the great forces of nature shaping our world of today in just six BBC TV programmes.
Of course words like 'trading' , 'merchants' 'silk routes' and 'markets' have been alluded to but only as passing references of the artifacts found or records made of transactions by fledgling conventional professions like scribes or accountants, lawyers etc.
But then last night in episode 3 ,Andrew Marr described Paul of Tarsus as a travelling salesman ( amongst other labels).
It got me thinking.
I had not noticed the significance before, that as a tent maker, St. Paul supported his travelling missions to spread the Christian Gospel across the Mediterranean through selling his work and using the network of tent makers who provided a product and service for the travelling populations in those days - there being no Holiday Inns, Marriotts and Hiltons at the time!
Reading elsewhere about Paul, apparently he was in Corinth for 18 months which means he would have been present for at least one Isthmian Games.
Like the recent London 2012 Olympic Games there are commercial opportunities presented by such an influx of competitors and spectators.
Perhaps St Paul managed some great sales during that time to support his ministry of the word.
Has anyone produced a History of the World with Selling as the central focus point I wonder?
Inspired by Andrew Marr let's make a start.
Selling - its part in the History of the World
The importance of Infrastructure
|Sales enquiry -A request for more Gold|
|An early example of a customer complaint|
We do not however know what they value system was but there is evidence of bulk trading.
Ivory and ebony were exchanged for pottery and stone vessels. Indian beads and vases, believed to have originated in remote localities, were found in Babylonia.
An example of the code is held in the collection in the Louvre , Paris.
|from Case display at British Museum|
|Votive monument figure of King Hammurabi|
at British Museum, London
A good note to end this post and end the story of selling so far......
Related Links and further reading
BBC IplayerClick for Episode 3 War and the Word
A history of the World by Andrew Marr ISBN 978-0-230-75595-6 PUBLISHED BY Macmillan
8th October Cover price £25 , Waterstones £5 off and Tesco sells at £15 where I bought my copy.
The British Museum Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG
Direct Selling 411 USA