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Sogdians and the Silk Road – Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T17:15:44+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Gold coin from Sogdiana in the Hellenistic period Then in 328 or 327 BC the Macedonian conqueror Alexander conquered the Sogdians. Alexander got as far as the Jaxartes river (Syr Darya in Tajikistan), where he built a city (modern Khujand) and left some of his Greek and Macedonian soldiers and some of the Greek [...]

Sogdians – History of Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T16:56:34+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A horse-drawn chariot from the Oxus Treasure (British Museum, thanks to Mary Harrsch) The Sogdians came to Sogdiana (parts of modern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) probably about 1500 BC. They were part of the wave of Indo-European migration to the south-east. Many people left Georgia and Armenia about that time and moved to Iran and northern [...]