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20 August 2004

'Weilue': 'The Peoples of the West' by Yu Huan


University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US

Supplied note:
"I am very happy to announce that my draft annotated translation of the 3rd century Chinese account of the Silk Routes, The Weilue, is now freely available on the University of Washington's 'Silk Road Seattle' website. It can be accessed by going to their site at: http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/silkroad/index.html, clicking on 'Historical Texts' and then on 'Weilue'. The whole may be downloaded (if all the files are kept in one folder the hyperlinks should continue to work on your computer) [...] I would be very grateful for any comments, queries, suggestions, or criticisms as my hope is to keep updating the work until it is as reliable and accurate as possible. - jh."

"'The Peoples of the West' from the 'Weilue' by Yu Huan. A Third Century Chinese Account, Composed between 239 and 265 CE, Quoted in zhuan 30 of the 'Sanguozhi,' Published in 429 CE. Draft English translation [from the five volume 'Sanguozhi', New China Bookstore Publishing House, Beijing, 1975. - ed.] by John E. Hill, June, 2004.

Site contents:
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; About this Translation; About Fonts and Characters; About the Text; Translator's Notes; About the Dating and Background of the Text; Background Reading; About Measurements and Administrative Divisions;
The Text: Section 1. The Di Tribes; Section 2. The Zilu Tribes; Section 3. The Qiang Tribes; Section 4. The three main overland routes to the Western Regions; Section 5. The Southern Route; Section 6. The Kingdom of Linni (Lumbini); Section 7. The Kingdom of Juli (the 'eastern Division' of the Kushan empire); Section 8. The Kingdom of Panyue (Pandya); Section 9. The Central Route; Section 10. Previous Misconceptions; Section 11. Da Qin (Roman territory/Rome); Section 12. Products of Da Qin (Roman territory) - Product List; Section 13. The Sea Route to Da Qin (Roman territory); Section 14. Roman Dependencies; Section 15. The Kingdom of Zesan (Azania); Section 16. The Kingdom of Lufen (Leuke Kome or modern Al Wajh); Section 17. The Kingdom of Qielan (Wadi Sirhan); Section 18. The Kingdom of Xiandu ('Aynunah = Leukos Limen?); Section 19. The Kingdom of Sifu (Petra); Section 20. The Kingdom of Yuluo (Karak); Section 21. The Kingdom of Siluo; Section 22. The Far West; Section 23. The New Route of the North; Section 24. The Kingdom of Northern Wuyi (Khujand); Section 25. The Kingdoms of Liu, Yan, and Yancai (the Alans); Section 26. The Kingdom of Hude; Section 27. The Kingdom of Jiankun (Khirgiz); Section 28. The Kingdom of Dingling; Section 29. The Kingdom of Duanren ('Pygmies'); Section 30. The Author's Comments;
Abbreviations and Bibliography;
* Appendices A. The Main Caravan Routes; B. The territories of Haixi, Haibei and Haidong; C. The "Great Seas" and the "Western Sea."; D. Sea Silk; e. Wild Silks; F. Maritime Commerce and Shipping during the Han Period; G. The Water Cisterns on the Route between Petra and Wadi Sirhan; H. The Identification of the City of Angu with Ancient Gerrha and Modern Thaj; I. The Spread of Ideas and Religions along the Trade Routes; J. Climate and other Changes along the Silk Routes; K. The Identification of Jibin as Kapisha-Gandhara; L. The Introduction of Silk Cultivation to Khotan in the 1st Century Ce; M. The Canals and Roads from the Red Sea to the Nile; N. Kanishka's Hostage in History and Legend.


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