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Eurasian Empires 500 BCE - 500 CE

Strayer Ch. 4: Greece, Rome, China, and India

Wendy Wawrzyniak

on 4 September 2014

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
500 BCE - 500 CE
Eurasian Empires
a politial system with coercive power
What is an empire?
Problems of Classical Empires:
conqueror of other states
use their resources
many ppl & cultures under 1 political system
impose culture on others
rule directly or thru others
how to get $$, while maintaining order
Many City-states
- spoke same language
-worshipped the same gods
equality of
The Greeks
Greece v. Persia
Alexander the Great
created a massive Greek empire!
- became known as the Hellenistic Empire
- Alexandrias everywhere!
Emperor Qin Shihungdi
unified the warring states
built parts of the Great Wall
Terra Cotta Army
How did the Persian and Greek civilizations differ in their political organization and values?
What were the consequences for both sides of the encounter betweens the Persians and the
How and why did the making of the Chinese empire differ from that of the Roman Empire?
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