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Through the jade gate to Rome : a study of the silk routes during the Later Han Dynasty 1st to 2nd centuries CE : an annotated translation of the chronicle on the 'Western Regions' in the Hou Hanshu

Author: John E Hill
Publisher: Charleston, South Carolina : BookSurge Publishing, 2009.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John E Hill
ISBN: 9781439221341 1439221340
OCLC Number: 465194391
Notes: The Chinese text and English translation of the 'Chronicle on the Western Regions' from the Hou Hanshu.
Description: xxii, 689 p. : maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
About the text --
About the translation --
About the measurements --
End of the early period of the silk routes --
The text --
History of the western regions --
Geography of the western regions --
The kingdom of Jumi (Keriya) --
The kingdom of Yutian (Khotan) --
The kingdom of Xiye (Karghalik) --
The kingdom of Zihe (Shahidulla) --
The kingdom of Dere (Bazar Dara) --
The kingdom of Wuyishanli (Arachosia & Drangiana) --
The kingdom of Tiaozhi (Characene & Susiana) --
The kingdom of Anxi (Parthia) --
The kingdom of Da Qin (Roman Empire) --
The products of Da Qin (Roman Empire) --
The kingdom of Da Yuezhi (Kushan Empire) --
The kingdom of Gaofu (Kabul) --
The kingdom of Tianzhu (northwest India) --
The kingdom of Dongli (Kushan Empire --
"eastern division") --
The kingdom of Liyi (Sogdiana) --
The kingdom of Yan (upper Aorsi) --
The kingdoms of Alan and Liao --
The kingdom of Suoju (Yarkand) --
The kingdom of Shule (Kashgar) --
The kingdom of Yanqi (Karashahr) --
The kingdom of Pulei --
The kingdom of Yizhi (Dashitou) --
The kingdom of nearer Jushi (Turfan) --
The kingdom of further Jushi (Jimasa) --
Commentary --
Eulogy --
The notes --
Appendices.
Responsibility: John E. Hill.

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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.

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