The iconic vision of the Great Wall snaking its way up mountainsides is known the world over. The true story behind the wall is more interesting than the widespread myths. Although it stands for China's enterprise and indomitable spirit, it in the end proved a monumental waste of human endeavor.
The popularity of Chinese silk in Rome became such a drain on Roman Imperial finances that Emperor Tiberius ➚ issued an edict to ban men wearing silk. In one year over 22,000 pounds of gold was spent on its import. Read More
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