Trade and Exchange along the Silk Roads between Rome and China in Antiquity
Berit Hildebrandt (Redaktør)
Serie: Ancient Textiles Series 29
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These collected papers bring together current historical, philological and archaeological research from different areas and disciplines in order highlight the use, circulation and meaning of silk as a commodity, gift, tribute , booty, and status symbol in varying cultural and chronological contexts between East and West, including technological aspects of silk production. Rome and China in antiquity provide the geographical and chronological frame for this volume (c. from the third century BCE to the fifth century CE), but also earlier and later epochs and cultures in between these empires are considered in order to build and intercultural and diachronic understanding of long-distance relations that involved silk.
Introduction: Silk on the Silk Roads. Exchange between East and West in Antiquity.
Looking towards the West - how the Chinese viewed the Romans
2. Textiles and Trade in South Asia during the Proto-Historic and Early Historic Period
J. Mark Kenoyer
3. Word migration on the Silk Road: the etymology of English silk and its congeners
4. Silk production and trade in the Roman Empire
5. Perspectives on the wide world of luxury in later Antiquity: silk and other exotic textiles found in Syria and Egypt
Thelma K. Thomas
6. Decoration, astrology and empire: inscribed silk from Niya in the Taklamakan Desert
Lillian Lan-ying Tseng
7. Domestic, wild or unravelled? A study on tabby, taquete and jin with spun silk from Yingpan, Xinjiand, thierd-fourth centuries
8. Chinese silks that circulated among people north and west: implications for technological exchanges in early times?
Dr. Irene Lee Good (April 24 1958 - February 3 2013). An appreciation
Robert E. Murowchick, Angela Sheng and Kaoru Ueda