Through the Jade Gate - China to Rome... (Book published March


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Author  John E. Hill
Publisher  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date   March 18, 2015
ISBN  1500696706
Pages  504

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Through the Jade Gate - China to Rome: Volumes I & II
John Hill's eagerly awaited second edition - in two volumes - of the annotated translation of the Hou Hanshu - renamed  Through the Jade Gate - China to Rome - has been extensively revised. The book grew so big that it had to be published in two volumes. Readers will require both volumes.
     ·  Volume I includes the original Chinese text, a detailed introduction, maps and comprehensive notes to the text.
     ·  Volume II has 26 appendices which highlight extra fascinating information of special interest - such as Rhinoceroses, the Story of Sea-silk and the Significance and Use of Skull Cups - and the comprehensive bibliography.
This updated, definitive English translation of the complete Chronicle on the Western Regions from the Hou Hanshu, presents an intriguing picture of this little-known period of history. It describes the origins of the Silk Routes using information collected from soldiers, merchants, envoys and spies.  The text is based on the report to the Chinese Emperor An, circa 125 CE, by Ban Yong, his senior general in the Western Regions. 
The Chronicle contains the earliest geographical, historical, political, economic and cultural information in Chinese about the Roman Empire, Egypt, India, Parthia and many other kingdoms, and also describes the routes between East and West.
Along these arteries travelled people, cultures, languages, philosophies, religions, technologies, animals, plants, countless precious and rare trade items, and the knowledge of distant places. These exchanges were critical for the development and flowering of the great civilizations of China, Rome, Parthia, the Kushans and India, and unquestionably laid the foundations of  modern globalisation.
The first edition of this work received critical acclaim from scholars world-wide and is widely quoted in academic works. This much expanded second edition should prove to be an even more useful guide and source-book on the early history of the Silk Routes.
"This treasure house of remarkable facts and speculations should appeal to both scholars and the curious."

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