Special Sub-Topic: The First Millennium AD: Part 1
|Visigoth king Alaric in 408 exacts a tribute of 3,000-5,000 pounds of what from Rome?|
pepper. At the time, pepper was rumored to be a medicinal spice and was often used to disguise spoilage in meats.
|Rome founded Londinium (London) in which year?|
43. What Rome stumbled upon had begun about 400 B.C. and was built by Celtic king Belin. He had rebuilt an earthen wall surrounding a few dozen huts in the area where the Walbrook joins the Thames and had ordered a landing area be cut into it along the riverfront. The 'town' eventually was called Billinsgate by the time the Romans came.
|The first distinction between measles and smallpox was made in which year?|
900. Chief Surgeon Rhazes (Abu-Bakr Muhammed ibn-Zakariya' al-Razi), working at a busy Baghdad hospital, gave the first description of smallpox and established criteria for diagnosing the disease. Those criteria were used until the 18th century.
|The European silk industry began when?|
552. Emperor Justinian sent missionaries to China and Ceylon, but their main purpose was to "convert" silkworms to Christianity, smuggling them in from the Orient.
|Which of the following was NOT a sought-after Roman commodity when the Central Asians began sending regular trading caravans in the 100s?|
bronze. Yep, they wanted asbestos. The Asians would barter silk, Chinese ginger, and cassia (a type of cinnamon) for: asbestos cloth, glassware, pottery, gold, silver, grape wine, coral beads, and intaglio gems.
|The first Arab coins were minted in which year?|
|How did Rome's emperor Septimus end the northern African Leptis Magna region's trade recession in 204?|
He bought the country's entire olive oil supply.. The olive oil was then distributed free of charge in Rome.
|Buddhism arrives in Korea from China during which year?|
|The first paper mill in the Muslim world is built at Samarkand in which year?|
751. Two Chinese prisoners revealed Chinese papermaking techniques to their captors.
|"The Diamond Sutra" was produced in which year?|
868. Well, I'll tell you what the heck it is: the world's first printed book. It was found by archaeologists in the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas at Kansu.
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