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Sogdian and Sasanian and Chinese Art. The Impact of the Silk Roads

  • Guest lecture by Professor Morris Rossabi
Monday 20 September 2021
Matthias de Vrieshof 4, 2311 BZ Leiden
Room 004A

The period from the fall of the Han dynasty (A.D. 220) to the rise of the Sui dynasty (581) in China is often portrayed as a dark age, characterized by political disunity, debilitating warfare, and decline of contact, via the Silk Roads, with other cultures.  Yet recent archeological evidence challenges that depiction, particularly with regard to the Silk Roads.  This illustrated lecture shows the vital relationship and impact of Sasanians from Iran and Sogdians from Central Asia on Chinese art and religion.

Morris Rossabi

Morris Rossabi, (Ph.D. Columbia University) was born in Alexandria, Egypt and teaches Chinese, Mongolian, and Central Asian history at the City University of New York and Columbia University.  He is the author of China and Inner Asia, Khubilai Khan, Modern Mongolia, Voyager from Xanadu, and From Yuan to Modern China and Mongolia: The Writings of Morris Rossabi, and has written or edited 20 other books, and dozens of articles in a number of books, and has collaborated on catalogs for art exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The lecture is open to the public

The lecture is open to the public but seating is limited. If you would like to attend, please send an email to Dr Elena Paskaleva at e.g.paskaleva@hum.leidenuniv.nl

The lecture is organized by the Central Asia Initiative at Leiden University

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