Friday, December 5, 2014

Silk Road Map



Materials Traded:

Constantinople:
Wine
Woven goods
Metalwork

Antioch:
Glassware
Woven Goods
Salt

Middle East:
Ceramics
Metalwork

Rayy (Persia):
Wool rugs
Textiles
Dates

Taxila (Afghanistan):
Crystal
Metalwork
Tea

Patalene (Pakistan):
Saffron
Jasmine
Sandalwood

Samarkand (Kazakhstan):
Horses
Lap dogs
Lapis Lazuli

Pataliputra (India):
Oil 
Chillies

Lhasa (Tibet):
Mint 
Wool

Xian (China):
Silk
Textiles
Gold
Silver

Hangzhou:
Silk
Hemp
Cotton

Mathura:
Textiles
Brassware

Lop Nor:
Jade 
Camels
Almonds

Guangzhou:
Ceramics
Tea
Sugar

Along the Silk Road, many things other than materials were spread. The Silk Road brought Buddhism to China, along with Zoroastrianism, Manicheism, and Nestorianism. Paper making, printing, gunpowder and the compass were all technologies that were brought from China to the West over time. Other things, such as karez, or the technique of storing water in desolate conditions, were also spread to the west. Islam spread to parts of China and India, while China also brought silk spinning to the rest of the world. Many towns and cities along the Silk Road were architecturally similar, as ideas on structure spread. Another thing that spread were types of music and dance, and it is known that music from Easter Turkestan and Central Asia were quite popular in China at the time.


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