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Here's a screenshot of the trade agreement. It's a straight one-for-one trade of Great Works of Writing. I'm playing on Standard, with no expansions. I'm confused as to what the AI expects to gain from this trade.

Mine was created in 50AD and his was created in 1350 AD, but both provide 4 Culture 4 Tourism - are older ones worth more in some other intangible way? Is this something where he wants some kind of cultural diversity among his Great Works? Is this some weird thing Ghandi specifically likes to do?

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Great Works have a theming bonus.

In order to qualify for the theming bonus, the housing building must have its slots filled with Works of the same subtype by different Artists.

So it may have been a matter of them trading a "duplicate" artist in exchange for one whose work they did not yet have. The same could apply to ensuring the same subtype but in your case it's a book-for-book trade.

For completeness' sake, artifacts have a different ruleset for theming bonus:

Each Artifact will have an Era and a Civilization. In order to qualify for the theming bonus, the containing building must have three artifacts from the same era (ancient era, classic era, etc) but created by different civilizations.

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    I'm confused why this was accepted. Works of writing don't, from the source linked by the answer, have a theming bonus
    – Foon
    Jul 3, 2019 at 13:44
  • @Foon wasn't there a wonder that had theming bonus for writing works?
    – Gnudiff
    Jan 28, 2020 at 7:00

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