posted on Apr, 27 2003 @ 05:55 AM
I've seen programs about traces of European settlers along the silk road that date back to ancient times. There are actually remains of those
settlers that reveal they had blonde and red hair with blues eyes. I've found the following information about possible Roman prisoners held in
The improbable quest for Romans in China begins with an American with an improbable name: Homer Hasenpflug Dubs. A noted China scholar at Oxford
University, Dubs was the earliest academic to flesh out the possibility of "a Roman city in ancient China," as he put it in a lecture before the
China Society in London in 1955.
Dubs was intrigued by the mention of a city and county called Liqian in a government land register of AD 5, compiled at the height of the Han Dynasty.
At the time, Liqian (or Li-jien, in some transliterations) was also the ancient Chinese word for Rome or the Roman Empire-a name derived, perhaps,
from Alexandria, then under Roman control and a place with which the Chinese had indirect contact.
Drawing on ancient texts, from Western classical poets to official Chinese court histories, Dubs proposed that the Romans of Liqian were legionnaires
who had been swapped as prisoners of war or mercenaries from empire to empire until they finally wound up in China - more than 4,000 miles from home.