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.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
Loved this presentation, especially the mystery about the Amber Room. Nina always does a fabulous job!
Fascinating lecture that connects Catherine the Great and King Tut.
Excellent and thorough discussion of history and significance of Amber trade routes.
Great talk...Dr. Wieda has a thorough understanding of her subject and conveys the information beautifully
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).