Friday, May 19, 2017

Fact of the Day: Liqian China Rome

Even in modern times, in the county of Liqian in China, many of its residents have blonde hair and blue or green eyes. Historians mostly believe they are descended from Roman soldiers who were taken prisoner by the Parthian (Persian) Empire after the Battle of Carrhae and eventually intermixed with the local population. 

13 comments:

Kay said...

And they all speak a dialect of Chinese?

Anna-Alina said...

I had no idea!

Bob Bushell said...

Well, I learn something new every day.

Pat Hatt said...

Never would have guessed that

NanaDiana said...

Great little known fact. People always think that the Irish are dark haired but Ireland also has a lot of blond light-eyed people.

Christine said...

Interesting!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Amazing! Genes will out!

Jen said...

Wow! This is super interesting.

Martha said...

I didn't know this!

Birgit said...

This is very interesting. i wonder if DNA testing has been done

Blue Grumpster said...

Now, THAT I didn't know :)

Andrew-L'autre said...

I have heard of this or something similar; I also recall hearing about Greeks who travelled to Western China and settled there with the natives.

Fundy Blue said...

That's news to me. I had no idea! Those Romans got around, didn't they?