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Samarkand and the Silk Road Alan Bott Tuesday 04 June 2019

Alan read Modern History at Merton College, Oxford and was elected a Bodley Fellow of the College in 2001. A much travelled man he has been around the world 43 times including his service as Cargo Director with P&O for the Australia and New Zealand trades. He is a lecturer of great and varied experience and has written 10 books on architectural and antiquarian subjects. He has also held the posts of Chairman of Godalming Museum and Churchwarden Emeritus of Godalming Church. He is an extra-mural lecturer on the History of Architecture for the Universities of London and Surrey and has also lectured for Swan Hellenic . In addition, Alan has visited 296 NADFAS (now TAS) societies and so our lecture will be his 297th! This talk will begin with a description of silk manufacture and will then move on to trace the 8,000 miles of The Silk Road which commerce and religions, as well as conquerors, have traversed for 3,000 years.Starting from Xian, we will follow the Great Wall and cross the Roof of the World. Our caravans are drawn by camels, yak, mules and horses. We will pass through Samarkand and Isfahan to Syria and Turkey, with a view of Mount Ararat and then proceed to Constantinople, Athens, Venice and Rome.