Trade and Exchange along the Silk Roads between Rome and China in AntiquitySeries:
Imprint: Oxbow Books
152 Pages, 216 x 279 mm
- November 2020
- January 2017
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.
“This volume will appeal to the specialist focused on ancient textiles, but there is more on offer here… [it] will have wider significance to scholars and students.” ~Ancient Near Eastern Studies
“Hildebrandt’s eleven-page introduction observes that silk, more than other traded commodities, allows us to understand both the economic and political dimensions of trade in ancient cultures, and permits insights into the development and transfer of textile technologies between East and West.” ~New Testament Abstracts