The Silk Road: Globalization in the Ancient World

Before jet planes and smartphones, merchants, monks, pilgrims, and militia spent months or years traversing perilous routes to carry luxury goods and innovative ideas thousands of miles across the globe. As desirable commodities from China such as silk, porcelain, paper, tea, jade, amber, spices, ivory, gunpowder, gold, and silver were carried across the land and sea trade routes known as the Silk Road, so too were religions, ideas, and new technologies spread and propagated in all directions.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, learn about the ancient routes that connected countries from the Mediterranean to the Pacific and discover the historic transformations that resulted from these complex cultural exchanges in this talk from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. This is the first program of six in Santa Clara County Library District's inaugural Asian Art Museum art talk series:

All programs will be held online on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Click the links above to register.

Thanks to the Friends of Saratoga Libraries for sponsoring these programs and to the Asian Art Museum Docent Program which is generously supported by the Dhanam Foundation and Society for Asian Art.

For more information about the ancient Silk Road, explore these books:

Walking to Samarkand

Artifacts From the Ancient Silk Road

Dunhuang wang shi

To learn more about the history of globalization, consider these books:

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