torsdag 13. oktober 2016

Western contact with China began long before Marco Polo, experts say

China and the West were in contact more than 1,500 years before European explorer Marco Polo arrived in China, new findings suggest. 
Archaeologists say inspiration for the Terracotta Warriors, found at the Tomb of the First Emperor near today's Xian, may have come from Ancient Greece. They also say ancient Greek artisans could have been training locals there in the Third Century BC. Polo's 13th Century journey to China was the first to be well-documented. However, Chinese historians recorded much earlier visits by people thought by some to have been emissaries from the Roman Empire during the Second and Third Centuries AD. Read more