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The Chinese and The Romans

Stephen Bradley
Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008
"The Han and the Romans" by
Stephen Bradley
Her Majesty's Consul General, Hong Kong
Tuesday, 18 March 2008 The Jardine Penthouse, 48/F Jardine House, One Connaught Place Complimentary Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted and honoured to welcome to the Royal Geographical Society Stephen Bradley, the British Consul General in Hong Kong, to lecture on the Han Chinese and the Romans, a subject which Mr Bradley has studied for several years. In this fascinating lecture, Mr Bradley gives a superb account of these two contemporaneous civilisations and empires at opposite ends of the known world. Rome and the Han were the founding empires, respectively, of the European and Chinese cultures. Each brought different glories, though of different extent and endurance. Each thought they comprised more or less the whole civilised world, with barbarians beyond. They coexisted at either end of the Eurasian landmass for centuries, yet Mr Bradley questions what did they know of one another. While the Silk Route ran between them, Mr Bradley asks did anyone Chinese ever go to Rome, or vice versa. In this talk, Mr Bradley speaks of the glories of each civilisation, examining the evidence, material and textual, for direct contact between the two, in order to see whether they did know and influence each other or whether they were, in fact, "Parallel Empires" that developed independently. The talk is part of an opus in progress that will, eventually, aim to compare the two historical civilisations across the board. Mr Bradley is also happy to comment, if asked, on his time as British Consul General, coming to a close at the end of March. Mr Bradley was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, followed by Fudan University, Shanghai. He entered the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the Afghan, Pakistan Desk, with a first overseas posting as 2nd Secretary, Economic, then 1st Secretary, Chancery, at the British Embassy, Tokyo. From there, Mr Bradley moved to Hong Kong for the first time as Deputy Political Adviser to the Hong Kong Governor. This was followed by the French Desk, Western European Department, the Deputy Head of the Near East & North Africa Department and the Head of the West Indian Atlantic Department, in London, then the Director of Trade & Investment Promotion, at the British Embassy, Paris. Mr Bradley returned to Asia as the Minister, Deputy Head of Mission & Consul General, at the British Embassy, Beijing before becoming Consul General, Hong Kong. Mr Bradley has also spent periods on secondment as Marketing Director, Guinness Peat Aviation, Associate Director, Lloyd George Investment Management plus at the New Millennium Experience Company. This lecture is being held in the fine surroundings of the Jardine Penthouse. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend at HK$100 for Members, HK$150 for Members' guests and $200 for others. This includes a complimentary drinks reception prior to the lecture.

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