Between Rome and China: history, religions and material culture of the Silk Road

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The eight studies in this volume range geographically and chronologically from the Greek Kingdom of Bactria of the 2nd century BCE to the Uighur Kingdoms of Ordu Baliq (Karabalgasun) in Mongolia and Qoču in Xinjiang of the 8th-9th centuries CE. It contains a key study on sericulture and the conduct of the trade in silk between China and the Roman Near East using archaeological as well as literary evidence. Other topics covered include Sogdian religious art, the role of Manichaeism as a Silk Road religion par excellence, the enigmatic names for the Roman Empire in Chinese sources and a multi-lingual gazetteer of place- and ethnic names in Pre-Islamic Central Asia which will be an essential reference tool for researchers. The broad ranging theme covered by this volume should appeal to a wider public fascinated by the history of the Silk Road and wishing to be informed of the latest state of research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTurnhout, Belgium
Number of pages300
ISBN (Print)9782503566696
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSilk Road studies


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