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Date: Friday, 15 December, 2017

Time: 16:00 - 17:00

Venue: 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam

Language: English

Cost: Free admission. All are welcome. Please click here to register.

The Silk Roads were a series of routes that saw traders, merchants and travellers to move from one side of the world to another. But they did not just enable the exchange of goods; they also helped ideas, beliefs and faiths spread too. In this talk, Professor Peter Frankopan will explore how the great global religions learned, borrowed and competed with each other. He will pay particular attention to the Nestorian crosses found in China and ask how and why Christianity proved so successful for so long in Asia.


Peter Frankopan is one of the world’s leading historians. He is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.

His most recent book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, has been an international sensation, rising to No.1 in the non-fiction charts around the world, including in the UK, India and China. Described as 'magnificent', 'fearless and brilliant' and 'breathtaking and addictively readable', the book transforms the way we look at the past, present and future. 


Image: Nestorian Crosses, Bronze, Cast and tooled, China, Yuan Dynasty (1272-1368), H. 3-8cm. Collection of the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong. Formerly in the collection of F.A. Nixon, a British postal commissioner in Beijing in the 1930s and 1940s. Donated by the Lee Hysan Foundation, 1961.

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