The Silk Road

1345 WordsDec 11, 20166 Pages
The Silk Road united China and the Roman Empire economically, but the territories and cities in-between the two empires truly were the backbone of the Silk Road. The webbed trade routes had a strong impact that they lasted for over 1000 years. The greatness of both nations and their accomplishments economically are astonishing and have changed the history of the world through culture, war, disease, religion, and technology. Culturally the spread of languages and major religions in the world today traversed the Silk Road including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Also, the scope of ideas and inventions like the crossbows, sail designs, infrastructure, and government. However, the main purpose for the use of the silk road was its economic impact of transferring and acquiring foreign goods. The Romans throughout the time it held imperial status was an ever-growing empire. They continued to expand their empire to provide land for their soldiers once they retired from the military. Their sphere of influence covered the entire Mediterranean Sea and some areas to the north and east extended ever further. The Roman economy was made up of gold and silver coins and whatever goods they could get their hands on from the vast further-reaching arms of the Empire. Resources that the Roman Empire had to offer included gold, silver, elaborate metal working and glass making (Liu). The Romans were interested in all that was offered from the Silk Road. The Romans related to the silk

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