domenica 29 marzo 2009

Faccia da legionario


Crasso, più che essere un generale mediocre, non era un generale. La teoria è questa: in seguito alla sconfitta di Carre una parte dell'esercito sconfitto si sarebbe spinta sino in Cina.

Ovviamente, per motivi ideologici, io ci credo ciecamente.


Studies claiming that Liqian has Roman ancestry have greatly excited the impoverished county in which it is situated. The village is now overlooked by a pillared portico, in the hope of attracting tourists. A statue at the entrance of the nearby county town, Yongchang, shows a Roman legionary standing next to a Confucian scholar and a Muslim woman, as a symbol of racial harmony.

Even entrepreneurs have caught on: in "Imperial City Entertainment Street" there is a Caesar Karaoke bar.

The town's link with Rome was first suggested by a professor of Chinese history at Oxford in the 1950s. Homer Dubs pulled together stories from the official histories, which said that Liqian was founded by soldiers captured in a war between the Chinese and the Huns in 36BC, and the legend of the missing army of Marcus Crassus, a Roman general.

Roman descendants found in China?, Richard Spencer, The Telegraph, 7 febbraio 2007

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