An information super-highway.
Inspiration for the Beatles' song, "The Long and Winding Road."
A collection of small, local trading centers.
The chief cause of bankruptcy in ancient Rome.
Travel along the Silk Road was just too dangerous.
Wearing silk was considered immoral.
The cost of silk threatened to bankrupt the empire.
The lower classes began wearing it.
The route was long and mostly boring.
Terrain and the threat of robbers made travel difficult.
The route was over 4000 miles long.
Mishaps along the way could rob a trader of their profits.
In ancient malls.
In small villages along the route.
People who owned eagles.
Nomadic tribes in Central Asia.
Blood sweating horses.
Styles of music and artistic motifs.
Literature and religious beliefs.
Philosophies and political ideologies.
All of the above.
Qin Shi Huang di.
Pliny the Elder.