The Silk Road

Covering 5,000 miles, passing through 13 countries and crossing some of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet, this is the fascinating story of the lucrative trade route which changed the course of civilization forever. In this extraordinary series, Dr Sam Willis explores how the fortunes of the West were shaped by the East, beginning with the story of a Chinese emperor who was so desperate to protect his lands against his enemies that he reached out beyond his borders into the unknown for one of the most important game changers in human history – horses. And in return for these legendary steeds, the emperor was willing to trade the most precious material in his world, silk. A BBC production.

Episodes

The Silk Road The Silk Road, Episode 1

In the first episode of his series tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis starts in Venice and explores how its Renaissance architecture and art has been shaped by the East and by thousands of exchanges along the Silk Road. Episode 1 of 3.
  • 2016
  • 00:52:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/08/2020

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The Silk Road The Silk Road, Episode 3

Sam explores Iran's past and how Persian culture spread east and west. In Istanbul Sam discovers a city once ruled through silk and follows the maritime Silk Road to Venice. Episode 3 of 3.
  • 2016
  • 00:52:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/08/2020

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The Silk Road The Silk Road, Episode 2

Sam meets the last survivors of a race of traders, the Sogdians. In Samarkand and Bukhara, he discovers how the city's trading cultures sparked technical and artistic revolutions. Episode 2 of 3.
  • 2016
  • 00:50:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/08/2020

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