Samarkand - Uzbekistan

// EtymologySamarkand derives its name from the Old Persian asmara, "stone", "rock", and Sogdian kand, "fort", "town". HistorySamarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, prospering from its location on the trade route between China and Europe (Silk Road). At times Samarkand has been one of the greatest cities of Central Asia. Founded circa 700 BC it was already the capital of the Sogdian satrapy under the Achaemenid dynasty of Persia when Alexander the Great conquered it in 329 BC (see Afrasiab, Sogdiana).Although an Iranian-speaking region, it was not united politically wit

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Warrior of Light :

could this fictional city from Final Fantasy X possibly be inspired from Samarkand? just by the name similarities it sure sounds intriguing ain't it? try this article:>

vivo en un arbol :
"probably an involuntarily made name association. there is no connection between them. "
Itachi777 :

can anyone give me a summery( a nice detailed longish one of the amulet of samarkand)1????? if so plz leave links or just type it in TY^^

beth73065 :
"The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud - a review In London, magicians are in control by using the power of the demons they bind to themselves to rule. Nathaniel's parents sell him into an apprenticeship at age six. He is placed with a middling magician to learn the ways of magic and power, but the lessons move slowly and Nathaniel is impatient. Without his master's knowledge, Nathaniel does a little extra studying to satisfy his curiosity and assuage his loneliness. At age ten, Nathaniel is presented to his master's colleagues where he hopes to feel a part of the magical community. But Simon Lovelace, a self-important rising star in the magician world, humiliates him. Vowing revenge, Nathaniel summons and ancient djinn, Bartimaeus and charges him to steal an artifact from Lovelace: the amulet of Samarkand. The boy soon discovers his is in over his head because the amulet is a powerful object that Lovelace will do anything to recover. And worse, Bartimaeus learns Nathaniel's true name, a fact that can give the djinn a distinct advantage if he is ever freed from Nathaniel's control. The Amulet of Samarkand is an interesting twist on the type of magic realism made popular by Harry Potter. Stroud creates two strong characters to tell his story, although at first Nathaniel is the much less sympathetic of the two. While his distant nature is to be expected after having been given away by his family to such a harsh master, it does make his point of view hard to connect to. His revenge is childish and he is almost annoyingly petulant, but as the story progresses we can see that his actions are a bid for respect, something his life has always missed. Bartimaeus is an amusing narrator, infusing millennia old ennui to events. His flippant tone gets across much of the background information while keeping it from sounding too much like an infodump. Similar to Terry Pratchett, Stroud includes footnotes when Bartimaeus wants to add an aside. While I did find them mildly annoying, at times they were humorous. My Recommendation Ultimately, The Amulet of Samarkand is about consequences. Nathaniel learns that his actions have a price, sometimes one that is very high. Although this book is marketed as a young adult title, enough works in this story to appeal to adults as well. While the plot is not overly complicated, enough details and nuances exist to keep a more seasoned reader interested. Despite my initial dislike of Nathaniel's point of view chapters, I highly recommend The Amulet of Samarkand if you're looking for some light reading. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud is the first book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. The trilogy also includes The Golem's Eye and Ptolemy's Gate. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud Published by Mirimax 480 pages"


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Date: 2008-02-05 19:54:39

A student of the academic school in the city of Samarkand (Uzbekistan), Maruf Karimov, invented a “perpetual” car engine power by a very unusual kind of fuel. The student managed to start a conventional internal combustion engine with the help of air pressure

Date: 2008-02-05 19:54:39

Local authorities of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, ordered that all private B&B hotels in the city must suspend their business by January 5th, 2008. Now B&Bs will have to turn over their reservations to the state-owned Afrosiab and President Palace hotels.....

Date: 2008-02-05 19:54:39

Prize: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and 10 best selling childrens books including - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Darkside; The Magician's Guild; Whispering to Witches; Inkheart; Sabriel; Eragon; Northern Lights (Junior Edition); Amulet of Samarkand; The Hobbit.

Date: 2008-02-05 19:54:39

"In the footsteps of Borat..." makes for some interesting reading anyway (complete with Flickr-stream PHOTOS): "* Expected highlights: Khiva, Bokhara, Samarkand, Pamir Highway, Kashgar, Western Tibet, Mount Kailash, Lhasa * Approximate total distance: 5,147 km * Time: 144 days * February 25, 2007 to July 22, 2007"

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