The horse in China — its introduction, trade and breeding from the 1st millennium BCE into the 1st millennium CE
Susan Whitfield, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Datum und Zeit
11. Mai 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
Horses were at the heart of the cultures of the steppe but did not, the evidence suggests, play an equivalent role among the peoples ruling in the first millennium BCE in the Yellow and Yangzi river valleys of China. However, they become increasingly important, especially for these peoples' military encounters with the steppe. This lecture considers what we know of the horses and breeding programmes introduced in the first millennium, and discusses why trade remained essential to meet growing needs, both of the military and the elites of the kingdoms of China.
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