Groovy Historian: Why is the

Silk Road Important Vodcast ?

by the Groovy Historian….

Hey there, this is the groovy historian : In this Vodcast I will be talking about the ancient Silk Road and looking at why it has remained so important over the centuries.

The network of routes that became the Silk Road were used regularly from 130 BCE, when the Chinese Han dynasty opened trade with the west, to 1453 CE, when the Ottoman Empire boycotted trade with the west and closed the routes.

The Silk Road pre-dates the Han Dynasty as the Persian Royal Road, which became one of the The Silk Routemain arteries of the Silk Road, and was established during the Achaemenid Empire (500-330 BCE).

The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a network of routes over which trade and culture developed through regions of the Asian continent and was used by merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea over the centuries.

The route is 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometres) and the name Silk Road comes from the carrying of lucrative trade of Chinese silk. Many other goods were traded, and religions and philosophies, technologies, as well as diseases, also travelled along the Silk Routes.

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