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					KBAT: Eurasian Empires

                            Eurasian Empires: Persia, Greece, Rome, and China
                                         500 BCE-500 CE

            Alexander the Great              Mandate of Heaven               Wudi
            Aryans                           Battle of Marathon              Xiongnu
            Athenian democracy               Olympic Games           Yellow Turban Rebellion
            Caesar Augustus         patricians                       Cyrus (the Great)
            pax Romana                       Darius I                Peloponnesian Wars
            Greco-Persian Wars               Persian Empire          Han Dynasty
            Plebian                 Hellenistic era                  Punic Wars
            Herodotus                        Qin Dynasty                     Hoplite
            Qin Shihuangdi          Ionia                            Solon

            BE ABLE TO
            1. How did Persian and Greek civilization differ in their political organization and values?
            2. Why did semi-democratic governments emerge in some of the Greek city-states?
            3. What were the consequences for both sides of the encounter between the Persian and the
            4. What changes did Alexander’s conquests bring to the region?
            5. How did Rome grow from a single city to the center of a huge empire?
            6. How and why did the making of the Chinese empire differ from that of the Roman Empire?
            7. In comparing the Roman and Chinese empires, which do you find more striking-their similarities
            or their differences?
            8. How did the collapse of the empire play out differently in the Roman world and in China?

            BIG QUESTIONS:
            1. What common features can you identify in the empires described in this chapter?
            2. In what ways did these empires differ from one another? What accounts for these differences?
            3. Are you more impressed with the “greatness” of empires or with their destructive and oppressive
            features? Why?
            4. Do you think that the classical empires hold “lessons” for the present, or are contemporary
            circumstances unique as to make the past irrelevant?

            ESSAY QUESTION: Examine and evaluate: Overall, did classical empires do more good or
            more harm?

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