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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.