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The Silk Road: From Samarkand to Xi’an: the Sogdian Self-Image

Sogdiana, kingdom of the ancient Silk Road whose capital city was the exotic Samarkand, no longer exists but its history and culture remain intriguing and engaging in the 21st century.

In this illustrated talk, Professor Frantz Grenet will discuss how the Sogdians portrayed their culture in their artistic productions. He will look at the murals of Samarkand and Panjikent, and at images from further east in Northern China where recent archaeological discoveries include the funerary reliefs of expatriate Sogdian merchants.

Professor Frantz Grenet teaches at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.


Professor Frantz Grenet | talks


Date and Time:

28 June 2004 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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