The Amber Road: Ancient Trade Route through Europe with Dr. Nina Wieda

The Amber Road: Ancient Trade Route through Europe with Dr. Nina Wieda


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Description

Among emeralds and rubies, Tutankhamun’s crown features a magnificent piece of amber, which science recently confirmed as originating from the Baltic Sea. This discovery proves that a trade route once connected the Baltic Sea coast to southern lands as far away as Egypt. Scholars jokingly refer to this Amber Road as "the Silk Road's older sister."

Newly unveiled research on the Amber Road reveals the ancient world as a lot more interconnected than scholars originally imagined.  Baltic islanders and coastal peoples retained their cultural identity and their pagan beliefs until the 13th century CE, but they had traded with the Mediterranean empires for millennia prior to that.

Our conversation will take learners along this ancient trading route from the Baltic shores to Venice and Sicily, illuminating some of history’s dramatic moments involving amber - the gold of the north. Among them is the mystery of the 6-ton Amber Room from Catherine’s Palace in Russia, dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world" (pictured at left).

Led by an expert on Eastern Europe, Nina Wieda, this Conversation will introduce participants to the ancient mysteries of the Amber Road Trade Route. Designed to inspire curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the region’s spectacular history.

To learn more about the history and culture of Eurasia with Dr. Wieda, please click here. 
About Your Expert

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University. Nina also has experience in journalism, advertising, and consumer research – her writing has been published in three languages. She wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. Dr. Wieda currently teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.

Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
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L. (Phoenix, US)
Fascinating

Loved this presentation, especially the mystery about the Amber Room. Nina always does a fabulous job!

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Zara Marian (Brooklyn, US)

Fascinating lecture that connects Catherine the Great and King Tut.

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D.B. (Cody, US)
Amber Road

Excellent and thorough discussion of history and significance of Amber trade routes.

J
J.R. (Voorhees Township, US)
Outstanding talk!

Great talk...Dr. Wieda has a thorough understanding of her subject and conveys the information beautifully

J
J.G. (Charlottesville, US)

The actual presentation was excellent. I just wish we had been told how long the program would be as I had to leave after 1-15 hours, just as she was discussing the most interesting part (to me).

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
89%
(8)
11%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
L
L. (Phoenix, US)
Fascinating

Loved this presentation, especially the mystery about the Amber Room. Nina always does a fabulous job!

Z
Zara Marian (Brooklyn, US)

Fascinating lecture that connects Catherine the Great and King Tut.

D
D.B. (Cody, US)
Amber Road

Excellent and thorough discussion of history and significance of Amber trade routes.

J
J.R. (Voorhees Township, US)
Outstanding talk!

Great talk...Dr. Wieda has a thorough understanding of her subject and conveys the information beautifully

J
J.G. (Charlottesville, US)

The actual presentation was excellent. I just wish we had been told how long the program would be as I had to leave after 1-15 hours, just as she was discussing the most interesting part (to me).