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Yuezhi
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Chinese name of a 'nomadic people' with an original settlement area between the Qilian chain of mountains and Dunhuang, the starting point of the Silk Road in northwestern China. Driven from there between 176/174 and 161 BC at the command of Maodun, khan of the Xiongnu, the Y. turned west and in turn subjugated the Sai tribes (Sacae). Shortly afterwards, expelled from the Sai pasture lands in the Ili Basin and on Lake Ysyk by the Wusun, a subject people of the Xiongnu, the Y. followed the Sai westwards, eventually crossed the Iaxartes and established themselves in Sogdiana a…

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Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel), “Yuezhi”, 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 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12214060>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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