National Geographic : 1990 Mar
Bactria: As the Greco-Bactrian plodded along the route that \ period waned and led from Luoyang to imperial hub of the great the Kushan Empire Rome. They carried the trade S k waxed in the first and treasure of the Orient trade routes century A.D., caravans of precious stones, silk, and Rome shaggy packhorses and two- spices-in exchange for ROMANS humped Bactrian camels Western goods. Sea lanes SARMATIANS :Iral Se Oo .,-OQld shoreline I 1 Come EGYPTI ARABS A griffin carved from milky white chalcedony represents a blend of Greek and Achae menid Persian cultures. SIZE: 1.8X 1.3 CM A Roman glass intaglio depictsthe three Heraclidae, descendants ofHercules, at the altar of Jupiter. They have returned in victory from the Peloponnesian War and are drawing lots for possession of the conquered land. NGSCARTOGRAPHIC DIVISION DESIGN:SALLYS. SUMMERALL PRODUCTION: VICKIMcANALLEN-PRATT, S. RAMSEYMURRAY MAPEDITOR:GUSPLATIS LENGTH: PAINTINGBYWILLIAMH. BOND 3.1 CM DIAMETER: 1.8 CM A coin from the Parthian Empire of Iran, the only gold one known to numismatists, bears the profile of a bearded king wearing a knobbed crown.