Today we are most familiar with the Silk Routes through Chinese ‘soft power’ as exemplified by the Belt and Road Initiative to connect China with the Middle East and Europe via the Stans, developing trade and influence on the way.
This route has its origins in the pre-Christian era as a means for China to export silk, precious stones, and other valuables, and later paper and gunpowder, thus changing the cultural and political history of Europe. The start of all this is generally ascribed to the Han Dynasty, but Alexander the Great also used the so-called Royal Road to expand his empire into Persia at an even earlier date. One of the best histories of Alexander and his expansion east is found in Wallis Budge’s Life and Exploits of Alexander the Great, 1896. Our copy is most attractive, bound in the original cloth and hard to find thus.