The Golden Peaches of Samarkand has 66 ratings and 13 reviews. Hadrian said: The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics. Edward H. Schafer (Author). In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand; A Study of T’ang Exotics. By Edward H. Schafer. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, xiii,

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What kind of fruit these golden peaches really were cannot now be guessed, but they have the glamour of mystery, and they symbolize all the exotic things longed for, and unknown things hoped for, by the people of the T’ang empire.

Selected pages Title Page. Books by Edward H. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: This is a book that, well, describes stuff Between andJapan sent 19 missions to China. bolden

There is astonishing detail here – he talks about minerals, plants, rare animals, pigments, religious objects, rare books. He then became a professor of Chinese there and remained at Berkeley until his retirement in Aurelio rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Schafer Limited preview – More encyclopedic than a novel, but very valuable in that way.


The emphasis was clearly on the exotic however. peachess

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics … and other works by Edward H. Schafer

Into the land during the three centuries of T’ang came the natives of almost every nation of Asia, all bringing exotic wares either as gifts or as goods to be sold. It’s a book of wonders, a very old-fashioned thing, and so yummy that I could put on weight just leafing through the chapter on horses. The book is concerned primarily with the exotic items given to the dynasty as tribu The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: Paperbackpages. Glossary A Names and Ppeaches. Jul 28, Jean rated it it was amazing.

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The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics by Edward H. Schafer

Inevitably, this enterprise meant the exploration of the borderlands where science, faith, tradition, invention, and fantasy overlap. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I can still find citations as recent as last year. Now this book was written before Orientalism and the questions of exoticizing everything that isn’t in Western Europe or just from the view of the historian.

This book is not a statistical record of commercial imports and medieval trade, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject matter.

Each chapter contained a small overview of the subject being discussed before going into detail about each item. I am fascinated that the Roman and Chinese empires knew of each other, but never had direct contact.


The book took me so long to read, because the writing is academic and there is no story to follow per se.

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Schafer navigates an impressive list of sources, and an understanding of the subtle arguments which make up points of translation. Still it will make for good reference, as it did contain a huge amount of information, about all sorts of things. Nicholas Pearson rated it liked it Oct 30, Marco rated it samarkans liked it Apr 15, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

This famous book is a bit spoilt for me by his uncritical quotation of the Chinese on the Uighurs. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Jun 11, Admiral rated it liked it.