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(Σῆρες/Sêres, Latin also Serae), the 'silk people' (cf. Chinese , 'silk' [12]). The mention of silk (σηρικά/sēriká), formerly ascribed to Nearchus [2] ([1]; FGrH 133 F 19), turned out to be an addition by Strabo [5. 1101]; the citation of Apollodorus of Artemita in Str. 11,11,1 is equally questionable: [1. 347; 5.109]. The silk parapetásmata ('curtains') of Caesar's games (Cass. Dio 43,24,2) and the Parthians' silk standards in the war with Crassus (Flor. Epit. 1,46,8) are unequivocal cases of Chinese goods. It is Augustan liter…

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Brentjes, “Seres”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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