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The Silk Road

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FREER GALLERY OF ART AND ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY,
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 2003.
WRITERS: KRISTINA GIASI, ELIZABETH BENSKIN, AND PHILIPPA RAPPOPORT
SILK ROAD STORIES CD, PROJECT DIRECTORS: RAY WILLIAMS AND
PHILIPPA RAPPOPORT
ART DIRECTOR: KATE LYDON
POSTER COURTESY OF THE SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR FOLKLIFE AND
CULTURAL HERITAGE

The Silk Road, a series of trade routes connecting the Mediterranean with the Far East for several millennia, was at its height from the first to twelfth centuries CE. Travel and commerce led to the diffusion of languages, religions, inventions (e.g., paper, gunpowder, and the compass), and expensive and prized goods (jade, rugs, spices, etc.). In a multicultural world and pedagogically, lesson plans that include the Silk Road are essential and provide a compelling platform for supplementary activities.

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