From the Atlantic to China before the Silk Road: long-distance relations and exchanges in the Roman world

11.Jul - 12.Jul

Cod. F02-18

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Last years, we have seen, through numerous publications and exhibitions in museums of art, history and archeology around the world, how the relationships-commercial and otherwise-between Rome and other empires have progressively been valued. and communities located towards the East beyond the traditional border located in the East - the valleys of the Tigris and the Euphrates - and which came to connect the Romans with places as far away as India and China. These relations constituted, according to the investigations of the last years, a remarkable precedent of the well-known "Silk Road" that is chronologically placed in the late Middle Ages and that is usually considered as the beginning of relations between Europe and the Far East and, in some way, the precursor of the first "globalization". With this course, our objective is to contribute to the idea that, fundamentally through trade, of which Oiasso is a clear exponent in the Gipuzkoa territory, clear indications can be found that the globalist tendencies can be traced, without major problems, so less, until classical antiquity.


The objective of this course is to show that, fundamentally through trade, clear indications can be found that it is possible to trace the globalist tendencies to classical antiquity at least. Therefore, it is our desire to bring both the university environment and the public in general a new perspective on the exchanges of all kinds - cultural, political and commercial - of the Roman Empire; so that the long-distance relationships with other bordering towns include places that, traditionally, are not related to Europeans until the Middle Ages, such as the Red Sea, India and China.


  • Ayuntamiento de Irun
  • Oiasso Museoa
  • Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa
  • Course
    • Art and Culture
    • History
  • 11.Jul - 12.Jul
  • Gordailua / Museo Oiasso
  • Spanish
  • Academic Validity: 20 hours