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Before the Silk Roads 絲綢之路之前

Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (September 15, 2023)

SEMINAR SERIES : Connecting Europe and Asia, Recasting the Glory: Lecture series of Early Encounters between Europe and Asia

LENGTH : 80 min.
ACCESS : Open to all
SUMMARY : Long before Zhang Qian 張騫 (d. 114 BCE) made his celebrated trip through Central Asia, people were passing back and forth along the entire breadth of Eurasia. Chinese silk has been found woven into the air of a female mummy from Egypt dating to about 1000 BCE. On the other hand, there is evidence of the knowledge of—if not necessarily—the physical presence of Egyptian-style papyrus in China about the same time. Other examples of contact across Eurasia include horse-drawn chariots from no later than 1200 BCE down to the pyramids covering tombs in the mid-Warring States period and even the statues of soldiers near the tomb of Qin Shihuang (d. 210 BCE). In this talk, I will present comparisons of these types of artifacts on either end of what would become the Silk Roads.

早在張騫(前114年卒)著名的中亞之行之前,人們就已經頻繁穿梭往來於整個歐亞大陸了。中國的絲綢曾被發現編織在一具埃及女性木乃伊的衣物中,其時代可追溯到公元前1000年左右。另一方面,有證據表明,中國在同一時期已持有埃及的莎草紙。歐亞大陸上其他交流的例子包括從公元前1200年前以至戰國中期金字塔下墓葬中的馬車,甚至秦始皇(前210年卒)陵墓附近的兵俑。本講中,我將對這幾類歐亞文物進行比較研究,叩其兩端,探討它們如何塑造絲綢之路。  [Go to the full record in the library's catalogue]

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