Classical Period The expansion of empires and integration of new peoples.
Analyze the changes and continuities from the ancient period to the classical period. • Analyze the changes and continuities in the spread of civilizations from 600 BCE to 600 BCE. • Analyze the similarities and differences in the major world religions of the time period. • Analyze the similarities and differences in the rise and fall of empires this period. Questions to Consider
Political organization • Demographics & Movement • Trade • Gender Roles • Belief Systems Themes to Consider
Analyze the similarities and differences in two empires during the classical period.
Empires moved to expand and integrate new peoples. • Governments became more complex.
India • China Expansion & Integration
Han China Golden Age & Decline
Greece • Rome Expansion & Integration
Analyze the changes and continuities in human migration from 600 BCE to 600CE.
Impact of Iron • Migration patterns were related to several important factors. • Iron use begins 1500 BCE but its impact is still felt in the classical age. • Population growth • Expansion of agriculture • Growth of cities • Expansion of civilization
Classical Demography • Spread of epidemic disease • Smallpox, Justinian plague, etc. • Population decreases dramatically • Europe falls 50% between 200-600 CE • Asia’s population falls from 170 to 135 million between 0-600 CE • Contributes to the decline of classical empires
Trade is primary mean by which religion spreads. • Christianity emphasizes a missionary thrust. Spread of Buddhism & Christianity
Analyze the changes and continuities in trade networks from 600 BCE to 600 CE.
Internal vs. External trade. • Role of cities. • Role of the environment. Major Trade Routes
Analyze the similarities and differences in the major belief systems that began in the classical period. The major philosophical systems and religions that began during this period addressed social problems, reflected cultural values and integrated new peoples into empires.
Analyze the similarities and differences in the expansion of civilization outside of China, India and the Mediterranean. Olmec, Chavin, Maya Japan Polynesia Axum/Ethiopia