Sunday, September 3, 2017

Gyeongju, The Capital of Golden Silla

(Thanks Dr. Nelson for sharing this information)

Sarah M. Nelson

Publication Date:
March, 2017



Gyeongju, the capital of the Kingdom of Silla, grew from a loose confederation of villages, called Saro, to become the capital of most of the Korean peninsula. Its relationships with Japan, the Eurasian Steppes, and countries along the Silk Road leading to Europe helped to make the city one of the most prosperous and significant in ancient East Asia. In this seminal new volume, Sarah Milledge Nelson draws on over 30 years’ experience to offer the first complete history of this fascinating city. Gyeongju explores culture, class and rank, industry, international relations, rulers, and socio-cultural issues such as gender, and examines in detail the complex systems of class and rank, Gyeongju’s position as the royal seat of Silla, and the influence and legacy of the ancient city.

Table of Contents:

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. The Ancient City of Gyeongju

2. Saro/Silla and the Historic Record

3. Gyeongju Archaeology

4. Production: Ceramics, Bronze, Iron, and Gold

5. Silk Roads and Trade Routes

6. Ranking and Sumptuary Rules

7. Rulership in Silla

8. Religions in Gyeongju

9. Gyeongju and Japan

10. Gyeongju in East Asian Perspective: A Summary and Critique



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