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The Silk Road Chronology

ca. 250 bce–226 cegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Parthian Empire rules PersiagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
221 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Qin Dynasty unites ChinagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
206 bce–220 cegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Han Dynasty rules ChinagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Second century bce to second century cegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Petra ourishes as caravan citygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 145 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Sima Qian, the grand historian of China, born; Greek authority in Ai Khanoum,gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Afghanistan, endsgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
140–87 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Reign of Han emperor WudigXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
129 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Zhang Qian reaches the court of the Yuezhi on the bank of the Oxus RivergXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 130 bce–300 cegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Kushan Empire rules Afghanistan and extends its territory to India and part of CentralgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
AsiagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
100–200 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Cyzicus travels to India via the Red SeagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Late second and early rst centuries bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Parthians and Romans vie for SyriagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
104 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
General Li Guangli sets off to conquer Dawan so as to obtain its superior horsesgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
64 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Parthians defeat the Seleucid regimegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
33 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Han emperor Yuandi makes peace with the southern Xiongnu and sends WanggXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Zhaojun from his palace in Chang’an to be the bride of the chief HuhanxiegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
30 bcegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Egypt becomes a Roman province after the death of Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic queengXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 23–79 cegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Pliny the Elder livesgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 50gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Kushans cross the Hindu Kush Mountains to enter IndiagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Mid-rst centurygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Periplus of the Red Sea in use as a manual for sailorsgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
First centurygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Buddhism starts to spread out of India via AfghanistangXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
76gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Later Han emperor Zhangdi summons all military commanders to return to ChinagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
from the Central Asian frontier; Ban Chao decides to remain on frontiergXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
97gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Gan Ying, sent by Ban Chao, travels to the coast of the “West Sea”—either the PersiangXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Gulf or the Mediterranean—but does not reach RomegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
First to second centuriesgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Parthia and India trade with the Romans “at sea”gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
148gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Buddhist preacher An Shigao settles in LuoyanggXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
165gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Romans take over Dura, conferring the name Europus on the citygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
227gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Sassanid Dynasty replaces Parthian rule in southern MesopotamiagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
256gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Destruction of Dura, a caravan and garrison citygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
267gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Odaenathus, king of Palmyra, successfully pushes back the invasion of the SassanidsgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
269gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Palmyraean army occupies Egypt and a large part of Anatolia; Zenobia declaresgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Palmyra independent from RomegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
272–274gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Roman emperor Aurelian sends Roman troops to suppress the rebellion in PalmyragXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Later third and early fourth centurygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Kharoshthi script used in Niya, an oasis in the Takla Makan DesertgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Fourth to fth centurygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Development of the Bamiyan Buddhist complexgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
366gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Creation of the Mogao caves in Dunhuang initiatedgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
399–416gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Faxian, accompanied by several monks, travels to India and returns to ChinagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
420gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Xianbei conquers other petty states of nomadic origin and establishes the NortherngXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Wei DynastygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
460gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Northern Wei emperor initiates creation of huge statues of the Buddha at YunganggXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
527–565gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Justinian I rulesgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
532–537gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Byzantine emperor Justinian I builds St. SophiagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
589gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Sui Dynasty unies ChinagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Early sixth centurygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Turks appear on the northern border of ChinagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
571gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
The Turks commission Sogdian chief Maniakh as their ambassador to ByzantiumgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
630gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Xuanzang sets off for India from ChinagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
650–705gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Reign of Empress Wu Zetian of the Tang DynastygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
651gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Arabs conquer IrangXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
661–750gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Umayyad Caliphate establishes the rst Islamic empire, based in DamascusgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
704gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Arab army starts conquest of Central AsiagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
750–1258gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Abbasid Caliphate rules from BaghdadgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
751gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Islamic army battles with Tang army at Talas, Central AsiagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
786–809gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Caliph Harun al-Rashid rulesgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
825–912gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Ibn Khordadhbeh, Islamic geographer, livesgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ca. 895gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Byzantine emperor Leo VI issues The Book of the Eparch to the eparch (mayor) ofgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
ConstantinoplegXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
969gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Bishop Liudprand of Cremona visits Byzantium as an envoy of Otto I of GermanygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
1055gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Seljuk Turks enter Baghdad and control the Abbasid CaliphategXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
1206gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Genghis Khan (b. 1162) is proclaimed ruler of all the MongolsgXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
1271gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Khubilai declares himself the Chinese emperor of the Yuan DynastygXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
1275–1292gXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
Marco Polo travels in ChinagXrSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours
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