European Images of the East

The voyages of medieval merchants to the Far East provided fuel for exotic stories about their travels on their return.  The earliest account dates from the fourth century BC, and includes many fabulous stories, whilst much later, in the thirteenth century, the explorer Marco Polo was also widely disbelieved with regard to his stories of the East. This element of mystery also helped to make eastern goods very fashionable in seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe. 

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  • Authors:
    Struan Reid
    Themes:
    Era:
    4th century BC to 19th century AD
    Language of article:
    English
    Source:

    Silk and Spice Routes (UNESCO Publication) 

    Format:
    PDF
    Countries:
    China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Greece, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea

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