A cycle of lectures on "The Silk Road between history and culture" begins in KIC-Skopje

Poster for the thematic cycle "Silk Road"

In the Cultural and Information Center (KIC) in Skopje on February 28, in "Salon 19.19", starting at 19.19, the first lecture from the thematic cycle "Silk Road between history and culture" will be held. The lecturer is Igor Radev, and admission to the lectures is free.

The first lecture will explain the beginnings of the "Silk Road", as a transversal connecting East Asia with the Mediterranean, which dates back to the first two centuries of our era.

- It is the era of the Chinese Han dynasty (205 BC - 220 AD), which precisely in this period, as a result of its clash with the Huns, came into closer contact with Central Asia and the more distant regions of the West, for which the most meritorious are the expeditions of Zh̄ng 'Chien̄ (†114 BC) and K̄n Ying (turn of the XNUMXst and XNUMXnd centuries AD), whose diplomatic mission, in turn, leads him all the way to Mesopotamia on the threshold of the Roman Empire. Empire.

With such contacts, the Silk Road was opened, which will connect the previously regional road and trade networks into one global system, in which "international" goods, such as silk, will affect the economic balance of the areas from China to Rome. At the same time, the knowledge of various civilizations about each other will grow, which we will see on the one hand in the works of Strabo, Pliny and Ptolemy, and on the other, in the then Chinese historiographic works such as the "Historical Records" of Si'mǎ 'Chien (145 -90 BC) and "The Book of the Later Khan".

The Silk Road also enables mutual cultural fertilizations embodied in such phenomena as "Hellenistic Buddhism" from the northwest of the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia, but also the plastic art of Gandhara, which in a kind of triangle will combine Hellenistic aesthetic ideals with those of India and China.

Reports of transcontinental journeys are a historical curiosity, such as that of Maes Titian, who, described by Ptolemy as a "Macedonian man", is the first recorded person from the Mediterranean world who has traveled all the way to China - the announcement of the event states.

Igor Radev is a philologist, linguist, sinologist and translator. He graduated in classical studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, received a master's degree in linguistics and applied linguistics, and a doctorate in Chinese philology at Peking University, People's Republic of China.

Dr. Igor Radev has a rich oeuvre of translated and sung works from ancient Chinese and Chinese into the Macedonian language, including: "The Book of the Path and its Fortress" by Lao Tzu (2012), "The Sayings with the Great Learning" and "The Learning of Centrality" by Confucius (2013), An Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry (2014), Book of Records (2016), Song Book: Confucian Poetic Canon (2019), Mencius (2019), Collected Poems by Lǐ Chìng Zhào (2019), "The Three-Syllabic Book" (2020), "Selected Poems" by Su Shi' (2021).

In the period 2013-2016, he participated in the translation of Anthologies of Macedonian literature into Chinese. He is also the author of numerous theoretical articles in the country and abroad in the field of Sinology and Linguistics, partially collected in "Chinese Key: A Collection of Sinological Essays" (2017), as well as books in the field of grammar, such as "Typology of the Script" " (2022).

He is a member of the World Council of Sinologists, the Literary Association of the Belt and Road Countries, and the World Association for Chinese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

In 2021, he won the "China Award for Special Contribution to Literature", which is the highest recognition in the PRC in the literary and cultural field that can be awarded to a foreign citizen. Previously, in 2012 is the winner of the "Grigor Prlichev" award, awarded by the Union of Literary Translators of Macedonia for the translation from ancient Chinese into the Macedonian language of "The Book of the Road and its Fortress" by Lao Tse, and in 2022 the "13 November" award of Grad Skopje.

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