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Chapter 4 - Eurasian Empires
What is an empire?
Explain the Persian cult of kingship and how it enabled the Persians to rule a huge, multi-ethnic empire.
Why did semi-democratic governments emerge in some of the Greek city-states, but not others?
Compare the political systems of Greece and Persia (similarities and differences).
How was the Greek concept of citizenship unique to the classical world?
How was Athenian democracy different from modern democracy?
Discuss how the Battle of Marathon has influenced how history views the Persians and the Greeks.
Describe the importance of the Peloponnesian War.
How did Alexander the Great change the cultures that he encountered on his conquests?
What were the Punic Wars?
What was pax Romana?
How and why did the making of the Chinese empire differ from that of the Roman empire?
What was legalism?
Why were centralized empires so much less prominent in India than in China?
Who were the Aryans?
After reading the chapter, what common characteristics do all classical empires have?