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The Silk Road Chronology

ca. 250 bce–226 ceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Parthian Empire rules Persiab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
221 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Qin Dynasty unites Chinab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
206 bce–220 ceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Han Dynasty rules Chinab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Second century bce to second century ceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Petra ourishes as caravan cityb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 145 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Sima Qian, the grand historian of China, born; Greek authority in Ai Khanoum,b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Afghanistan, endsb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
140–87 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Reign of Han emperor Wudib8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
129 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Zhang Qian reaches the court of the Yuezhi on the bank of the Oxus Riverb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 130 bce–300 ceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Kushan Empire rules Afghanistan and extends its territory to India and part of Centralb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Asiab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
100–200 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Cyzicus travels to India via the Red Seab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Late second and early rst centuries bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Parthians and Romans vie for Syriab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
104 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
General Li Guangli sets off to conquer Dawan so as to obtain its superior horsesb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
64 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Parthians defeat the Seleucid regimeb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
33 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Han emperor Yuandi makes peace with the southern Xiongnu and sends Wangb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Zhaojun from his palace in Chang’an to be the bride of the chief Huhanxieb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
30 bceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Egypt becomes a Roman province after the death of Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic queenb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 23–79 ceb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Pliny the Elder livesb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 50b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Kushans cross the Hindu Kush Mountains to enter Indiab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Mid-rst centuryb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Periplus of the Red Sea in use as a manual for sailorsb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
First centuryb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Buddhism starts to spread out of India via Afghanistanb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
76b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Later Han emperor Zhangdi summons all military commanders to return to Chinab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
from the Central Asian frontier; Ban Chao decides to remain on frontierb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
97b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Gan Ying, sent by Ban Chao, travels to the coast of the “West Sea”—either the Persianb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Gulf or the Mediterranean—but does not reach Romeb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
First to second centuriesb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Parthia and India trade with the Romans “at sea”b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
148b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Buddhist preacher An Shigao settles in Luoyangb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
165b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Romans take over Dura, conferring the name Europus on the cityb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
227b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Sassanid Dynasty replaces Parthian rule in southern Mesopotamiab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
256b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Destruction of Dura, a caravan and garrison cityb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
267b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Odaenathus, king of Palmyra, successfully pushes back the invasion of the Sassanidsb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
269b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Palmyraean army occupies Egypt and a large part of Anatolia; Zenobia declaresb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Palmyra independent from Romeb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
272–274b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Roman emperor Aurelian sends Roman troops to suppress the rebellion in Palmyrab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Later third and early fourth centuryb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Kharoshthi script used in Niya, an oasis in the Takla Makan Desertb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Fourth to fth centuryb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Development of the Bamiyan Buddhist complexb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
366b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Creation of the Mogao caves in Dunhuang initiatedb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
399–416b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Faxian, accompanied by several monks, travels to India and returns to Chinab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
420b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Xianbei conquers other petty states of nomadic origin and establishes the Northernb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Wei Dynastyb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
460b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Northern Wei emperor initiates creation of huge statues of the Buddha at Yungangb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
527–565b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Justinian I rulesb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
532–537b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Byzantine emperor Justinian I builds St. Sophiab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
589b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Sui Dynasty unies Chinab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Early sixth centuryb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Turks appear on the northern border of Chinab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
571b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Turks commission Sogdian chief Maniakh as their ambassador to Byzantiumb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
630b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Xuanzang sets off for India from Chinab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
650–705b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Reign of Empress Wu Zetian of the Tang Dynastyb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
651b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Arabs conquer Iranb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
661–750b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Umayyad Caliphate establishes the rst Islamic empire, based in Damascusb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
704b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Arab army starts conquest of Central Asiab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
750–1258b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Abbasid Caliphate rules from Baghdadb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
751b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Islamic army battles with Tang army at Talas, Central Asiab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
786–809b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Caliph Harun al-Rashid rulesb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
825–912b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Ibn Khordadhbeh, Islamic geographer, livesb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 895b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Byzantine emperor Leo VI issues The Book of the Eparch to the eparch (mayor) ofb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Constantinopleb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
969b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Bishop Liudprand of Cremona visits Byzantium as an envoy of Otto I of Germanyb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
1055b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Seljuk Turks enter Baghdad and control the Abbasid Caliphateb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
1206b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Genghis Khan (b. 1162) is proclaimed ruler of all the Mongolsb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
1271b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Khubilai declares himself the Chinese emperor of the Yuan Dynastyb8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
1275–1292b8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Marco Polo travels in Chinab8wSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
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