Trading Networks 150 BC-AD 500


Trading Networks in Eurasia 150 BC-AD 500


This map shows the extension of the trade routes from Europe along South/Central Asia ending in Southeast Asia.

Legend indicates:

  • Trading Networks 150 BC-AD 500:
    • Silk Road
    • Other trade route
  • Traded Goods:
    • aromatics and drugs
    • copper
    • coral
    • everyday textiles
    • fine cotton cloth/garments
    • fine stone and metal vessels
    • furs
    • gems
    • glassware
    • gold
    • grain
    • horses
    • incense
    • ivory
    • jewellery and cut gems
    • lacqueraware
    • luxury textiles
    • peacocks
    • pearls
    • silk
    • slaves
    • spices
    • statuary
    • tin
    • tortoise-shell
    • wine
    • wood
  • Nomad group
  • Boundary of contemporary political entity
  • Port/trading town
  • Place mentioned in The Periplus (Greek sailing manual)
  • Roman trade colony
  • Monsoon wind
  • Great Wall of China

The Silk Road was a main route for the export and import of medicinal products and spices, as well as silk, particularly during Greco-Roman times.


Oxford Atlas of World History, Oxford University Press, 2002. General Editor Patrick K. O’Brien.

Chapter 2. The Medieval World: “East Asia in the Tang Period 618-907,” page 72.


Map copyright © Philip’s, a division of Octopus Publishing Ltd. Source: Philip’s Atlas of World History.

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