China and the Roman Orient: Researches Into Their Ancient and Medieval Relations as Represented in Old Chinese Records (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from China and the Roman Orient: Researches Into Their Ancient and Medieval Relations as Represented in Old Chinese Records

My interpretation of these records leads to the conclusion that the ancient country of Ta-ts'in, called Fu-lin during the middle ages, was not the Roman Empire with Rome as its capital, but merely its oriental part, viz., Syria, Egypt and Asia Minor; and Syria in the first instance. If applied to the Roman Orient the greater part of the facts mentioned by the Chinese can be traced, and a reasonable explanation may be found for them without resorting to improbabilities; while, if applied to the whole empire, or to Italy, or to any other part of ancient Rome, the matter contained in the Chinese tradition does not agree with reality. As I read the Chinese notices they contain tolerably exact statements regarding the contemporaneous geography of western Asia; they would indeed be puerile nonsense - as I believe Colonel Yule calls them somewhere in his Cathay - if applied to any other part of the world.

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Author(s) - Friedrich Hirth

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ISBN - 9780331666519

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Page Count - 354

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Page Count - 356

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