This is a course on the cultural interaction that has taken place at one of the world’s most extensive platforms: the Silk Road, one which connects China to the distant Mediterranean world. Since the first century A. D., pilgrims, merchants, warriors and diplomats have been travelling along the Silk Road despite adverse conditions en route. The aim of this course is to explore the emergence of Silk Road as a geo-historical concept and to trace the ancient civilizations that contributed to the cultural prosperity in this desiccated land. Students will be introduced to the lost empires along the Silk Road, some of the greatest travellers in history and the effects they had on cultural exchange. The course will offer a historical perspective on travel, trade, geography, and their impact on human culture. This course will allow students to examine cultural interactions on the Silk Road from the Han dynasty until the present day and to explore the development and interactions of world cultures.