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Traveling the Silk Road

Traveling the Silk Road
trefwoorden: Von Richthofen - zijdroute
In the 1870s, the German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen coined the name die Seidenstrasse.
It was 'the Silk Road'' which he refered to: the 5,000-mile-long trade route that connected China and the Mediterranean in ancient times.
Richthofen thus imbued the immense terra incognita of Central Asia with romance. But he also created something of a misnomer: There was not just one route connecting East and West, but several; and silkócraved especially by Roman womenówas just one of the treasured commodities transported along these routes. Intrepid caravans carried spices, gems, gold, ivory, works of art, furniture, garments, perfumes, exotic animals and much else across the Eurasian steppes.

Lees verder bij: Archaeology Odyssey (september 2003)