Through the Jade Gate to Rome: A Study of the Silk Routes During the Later Han Dynasty 1st to 2nd Centuries Ce (Paperback)
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Short Description for Through the Jade Gate to Rome The Chinese text and English translation of the 'Chronicle on the Western Regions' from the Hou Hanshu.
- Published: 19 October 2009
- Format: Paperback 714 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781439221341 ISBN 10: 1439221340
- Sales rank: 351,568
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Full description for Through the Jade Gate to Rome
This book is the product of 30 years of research on a key Chinese document based on a report to the Chinese Emperor in 125 CE, with a few later additions. It contains the earliest geographical, historical, political and cultural information in Chinese on the Roman Empire, India, Parthia, and many other kingdoms; their products, and the routes to them. A draft version of the book was posted on the University of Washington's 'Silk Road Seattle' website in 2000 with a plea for readers to send any criticisms or comments. The author has since been contacted by hundreds of scholars worldwide and their generous contributions have helped make this book an authoritative and useful historical source. This translation, the first in English, of the 'Chapter on the Western Regions' from the Hou Hanshu, is faced with the original Chinese, and is amply annotated for those wanting further information. There are also 20 appendices and two convenient maps at the end showing the main centres and routes.