In the Roman world "Tin" was effectively the "King of
Commodities". This essential commodity was crucially important to every day life. It was most prominently used in the
production of the alloy "Bronze" which was widely utilized
throughout the empire in most metal applications including arms and amour. In
one way or another, everyone living throughout the Empire were
consumers of tin; they made up the "demand" side of the tin market.
Another crucial secondary commodity of the era was "Lead" which was
used in the Roman water and aqueduct systems. The primary source of supply of
these two important metals was Britannia (Britain).
Various historical documents record an exceedingly powerful and
influential man. In parts of Britannia and in secular British histories he
was identified as "Joseph of Glastonbury", but our character
"Joseph" is better known from the Biblical scriptural accounts
where he is called "Joseph of Arimathea".
In yet other Roman accounts, particularly from Jerusalem, he was
referred to as "Nobilis Decurio"
signifying his power and influence. The Latin Vulgate gospels call him simply
"Decurio", a name that was reserved for a
minister or official of mines, while the fuller title "Nobilis Decurio" inferred
that he had also earned a place of "nobility" in Roman culture,
usually considered impossible for a non
So influential was this "Joseph" that he had the power to
request an immediate audience with the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, and
make the controversial demand for the body of Jesus Christ after the
crucifixion, a request that Pilate quickly granted. Even the all-powerful
Jewish religious Sadducees dared not oppose Joseph openly. Joseph had the
body of Christ moved to his private sepulcher in inner Jerusalem, again
confirming his immense wealth and influence. From all reports, this Joseph
was a man of refinement, education and talent.
Importantly though, Joseph was no slouch when it came to business and
investing. He is well recorded in the numerous historical accounts, as being
the man that owned the majority interest in the vast tin and lead mines of
Britain, and controller of the huge tin and lead trade into ancient Rome.
Joseph of Arimathea controlled the "production"
of these 2 vitally important and strategic commodities.
When you own the production of a strategic asset, your real wealth
compounds and grows. It is inferred by several historians that Joseph ended
up controlling the largest private shipping fleet in the ancient Roman world.
But what does Joseph and the tin mines of ancient Britannia have to do
with our guest's question? Joseph of Arimathea did
what many thousands of other successful and influential men and women
investors have done over the millennia.
1) Joseph owned and invested in tangible assets
2) These tangible assets "produced" something of value
3) This "production" was a "product of the earth" and an
4) This essential commodity was critically important in the day-to-day life
of his times
5) He controlled the markets and eventually the transportation of this
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