Silk, Scents, And Spice: Retracing the World's Great Trade Routes,the Silk Road, the Spice Route, the Incense Trail
John LawtonISBN: 2717849513;
From the earliest days of mankind, the movement of peoples and intercultural exchanges have played a crucial role in the development of civilization. Three legendary routes have been particularly influential: the Silk Road, the Spice Route, and the Incense Trail. Established to transport exotic merchandise, they also carried new ideas, technologies, and religions vast distances. As pathways of conquering armies and armadas, they helped shape the history of the world. In Silk, Scents, and Spice , adventurer John Lawton retraces the world's greatest trade routes. Through journeys across the steppes, deserts, mountains, and oceans of Asia, Europe, and the Far East, his book recalls the glorious past of these storied passages, documenting the legacy of art, architecture, and religion they left behind. The Incense Trail linked the aromatic growing regions of Arabia with the incense-craving empires of antiquity, including Egypt, Babylon, and Rome. The Silk Road stretched some...