May 17 2011
If you were a traveler on ancient the Silk Road, why would I want to stop in your city?
You would want to stop at Samarkand, because, like Alexander The Great said “I heard that the city was beautiful but never thought that it could be so beautiful and majestic”. Also, because it is in the middle of the silk road, connecting the east side of the world, and the west side the world, so it would be interesting to see perhaps a mix of east and west design.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your city?
Alexander the great conquered Samarkand in 329 BC. Also that it connects the west and the east, and had the first paper mill, so paper spread to the rest of the world. As well that the Samarkand people taught the chinese how to breed horses, making it easier to travel, and they also taught the skill as a caravaneer, so it shows that they aren’t greedy, they’re nice.
Would you want to visit your city today (in 2011?) Why or why not?
I would, because I heard it’s a beautiful country with many legends, and with interesting history. From the pictures, I can tell it is one of the old parts of the world that doesn’t have many modern buildings, just very old and beautiful ones. Also the art, is really beautiful, and I would really like to see them.
How does the physical geography of your place affect the culture of the people who lived in your city?
I think because Samarkand, being in the middle of the silk road, they learnt to care for thepeople who were going along the silk road. Also, they lived next to a river, and since lots of things need food, they probably had some way to get the water. Also, near the mountains, they had trees, and trees can produce fruits, giving things to cook with for any religious days.
How do you think your research of your city can help answer the question, “What Happens When East Meets West?”
Well, Samarkand basically connected the east and the west. So I think that Samarkand was with a mix of people, west and east, and I think it showed that people from different countries can mix up, they don’t have to fight. And, the people in Samarkand have different religions, but they didn’t fight.
Explain what happened in the String Silk Road
I was with Kate on Kocha, around the middle of the silk road. We had a lot of trading routes, because we were in the middle, and we traded a lot with Lhasa, because we had the gold, copper, tin, and jade, so and they needed that for armor, and weapons. But places like Wutai Mt. didn’t get a lot of trade because for example, they made wine, but they already had grapes there, so they didn’t need to trade with anybody.
How did the String Silk road game help answer the question, what happens when East Meets West?
It helped me think about things I didn’t think about before, like war. Lets say, one place need a lot of gold, but the marchent didn’t have any gold, nor did any other ones from that place, they might want to have war on them. But also with truces, like Kocha (aka Kate and I) made a truce Sogdiana (Neil, Jake, and Iruka) because we were close to each other, and since Sogdiana had a lot of valuable things, they needed armor to protect them, but if they didn’t have us, they wouldn’t have any armor. We also made a truce with Lhasa because they needed our goods to make armor, and weapons.
Many thanks to:
Samarkand Alpha’s Alts