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3600 BCE: First appearance of silk in China.
 
 
2700 BCE: The earliest known examples of woven silk from Qianshanyang, China.
 
 
138 BCE - 126 BCE: Zhang Qian, as envoy of the Han emperor, opens up the 'Silk Road' trading route between China and central Asia.
 
 
130 BCE: The Silk Road is officially opened.
 
 
129 BCE: Parthians conquer Mesopotamia. The Silk Road to China is now controlled by the Parthians.
 
 
27 BCE - 14 CE: Reign of Augustus Caesar in Rome, Chinese silk is very popular.
 
 
161 CE - 180 CE: Reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Rome, Chinese silk popularity endures.
 
 
527 CE - 565 CE: Reign of Emperor Julian of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. Beginning of Byzantine silk industry.
 
 
542 CE: The bubonic plague, thought to have been brought through the Silk Road, decimates Constantinople.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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