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“The Silk Road was a vast trade network connecting Eurasia and North Africa via land and sea routes.” In the first century CE, during the reign of Emperor Tiberius, silk had become a big problem. The luxury fabric, imported at great cost from China, had become a symbolof decadence and excess among Romans. In order to make their supply of silk last longer, merchants unraveled and re-wove their fabricinto thinner, sheer garments. This practice had a side-effect of making the garments nearly transparent.One cause of expanded trade was the growth of imperial power Along with rice, wheat, and grapes, the region produced hardy, "heavenly" horses.Traders had to find ways to move their goods efficiently. Camels could withstand the harsh desert conditions through central Asia and were also able to carry up to 500 pounds at a time! Pack animals—especially camels—made the transportation of goods over land on the Silk Road viable.One obvious

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