By Phillipe Foret, Andreas Kaplony

This publication covers new flooring at the diffusion and transmission of geographical wisdom that happened at severe junctures within the lengthy heritage of the Silk highway. a lot of twentieth-century scholarship at the Silk street tested the traditional archaeological items and medieval historic files came across inside every one cultural sector, whereas the implications of long-distance interplay throughout Eurasia remained poorly studied. the following abundant consciousness is given to the trips that notions and gadgets undertook to transmit spatial values to different civilizations. In retracing the stairs of 4 significant circuits correct around the many civilizations that shared the Silk street, «The trip of Maps and pictures at the Silk highway» strains the ways that maps and photographs surmounted spatial, ancient and cultural divisions.

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Flora Blanchon. Asies 2. Paris: Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 33–44. Di Cosmo, Nicola. 1994. ” Journal of Asian Studies 53: 1092–1126. ———. 2002. Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Dubs, Homer. 1955. History of the Former Han Dynasty, vol. 3. Baltimore: Waverly Press. Hanshu ዧ஼ (Book of the [Former or Western] Han Dynasty). 1962. 12 vols. Beijing: Zhonghua shuju. Compiled by Ban Gu ఄࡐ, 32–92 ce. Herrmann, Albert.

The first translations into Chinese of Buddhist scriptures (largely from the HÊnay§na traditions) were from Prakrit sources, the vernacular language of northwestern India two thousand years ago, and not from Sanskrit, a sacred language. This suggests that the development of Buddhism in China resulted from privileged con10 Leslie and Gardiner 1982: 285–290. See Hanshu 1962: 3888, vol. 12, chap. 96, trans. Hulsewé 1979: 112; Leslie and Gardiner 1982: 288–290. 12 Hanshu 1962: 3901, vol. 12, chap. 96, trans.

Illustrative of the primacy of text are the famous magical diagrams (tu ቹ) frequently referred to in Han-dynasty sources. Tu diagrams were actually texts that sometimes arranged characters graphically and included a proportion of “real” iconography. The written character was magical in 38 Cheng 1993: 33 (my translation). 26 chapter one Fig. 6. Que gate. Pottery relief from Chengdu (Sichuan). Later Han dynasty. Chengdu Museum. Stories from China’s Past 1987: 106. ancient China. Wu Hung noted that the Song (960–1279) scholars who collected rubbings of the pictorial scenes carved on the walls of the Wu Liang Shrines were actually far more interested in the inscriptions that accompanied the portraits than in the images themselves.

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