Transcontinental cultural contacts of China during the Bronze Age
Lothar von Falkenhausen, University of California
Datum und Zeit
30. März 2022, 15:00–16:00 Uhr
Ort (online und vor Ort)
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Die Vorlesung findet zudem als Präsenzveranstaltung statt: Universität Zürich, Hörsaal SOD-1-104, Schönberggasse 9, 8001 Zürich
Forschungsprojekt «Sino-Indo-Iranica rediviva», Asien-Orient-Institut – Sinologie
In light of a century of archaeological research, it is becoming ever more clear that the rise of China’s unique civilization did not occur in a vacuum, but was linked—in more or less tenuous ways—to developments elsewhere in Eurasia. Without going much into detail, this lecture will provide assorted comments on a provisional list of cultural elements that may have reached China from areas further West before the late 2nd-century BC expansion of the Han empire into Inner Asia. One may preliminarily distinguish three phases of cultural contacts, with indication of a considerable increase in their intensity during the early to mid-first millennium BC.
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- The horse in China — its introduction, trade and breeding from the 1st millennium BCE into the 1st millennium CE
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