Internet Guide for Chinese Studies Newsletter
18 Jan 2005, recorded by Hanno E. Lecher

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Silk Road Narratives: A Collection of Historical Texts

Ed./Corp.: Silk Road Seattle, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
Language: English.

Self description: "[This part of the] Silk Road Seattle Project [] is to make available interesting historical sources which may be used in teaching and learning about the Silk Road. Here is an initial list of links to texts which have been digitized and posted on the web already."

Description: All texts contained in this collection are in English translation only. No special search facility is provided, but the texts are presented on one Web page each, so the search function of your browser can be used as work around.

Contents: (1) Chinese accounts (91 BCE - 1643 CE); (2) The Han Histories (206 BCE - 220 CE); (3) Hou Han shu (25-220 CE); (4) Weilüe (239-265 CE); (5) Faxian (Fa-Hsien) (399-414); (6) Xuanzang (629-645); (7) The T'ang Shu (8-9th c.); and 16 more texts unrelated to China, such as the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea (60 CE) and others. The list will grow over time.

Resource suggested via Asian Studies WWW Monitor (20 Aug 2004) by John Hill, Australia.


With kind regards,

Hanno E. Lecher



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