The Classical World

Course Description

Examines religious, political and philosophical innovations of classical period (500 B.C.E. to 500 C. E.) in Mediterranean region, China, and India; rise and fall of Greek, Roman, Han, Mauryan and Gupta empires; rise of important regional states like Meroand#xeb;, Angkor, Teotihuacand?n, and Maya city-states in Mesoamerica.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the peoples who inhabited different regions of the classical world.
  • Distinguish the classical civilizations of Mesoamerica and the reasons for their rise and fall.
  • Outline the unification and disintegration of major empires (Athenian, Roman, Parthian, Mauryan, Qin, and Han).
  • Explain the social, cultural, military, political, and economic systems of classical Athens, Rome, China, and India.
  • Account for the rise and diffusion of major world religions and philosophies (Platonism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, and Zoroastrianism).
  • Describe the seminal nature of classical civilizations.
  • Assess the importance of the Silk Road to the classical world.
  • Critically assess primary sources for information, bias, values, and tone.


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