Classical


As states and empires increased in size and contacts between regions multiplied, religious and cultural systems were transformed. Religions and belief systems provided a bond among the people and an ethical code to live by.  In quest of land, wealth, and security, some empires expanded dramatically. In doing so, they built powerful military machines and administrative institutions that were capable of organizing human activities over long distances, and they created new groups of military and political elites to manage their affairs. By expanding their boundaries too far, they created political, cultural, and administrative difficulties that they could not manageWith the organization of large-scale empires, the volume of long-distance trade increased dramatically. Much of this trade resulted from the demand for raw materials and luxury goods. Land and water routes linked many regions of the Eastern Hemisphere. 
  1. How did religions help strengthen political, economic, and cultural ties within societies?
  1. What were the common characteristics among the Classical empires
  1. How did Classical Era trade networks compare to earlier networks?
  2. What was commonly traded along these networks?
  3. What forces contributed to the changes between the two eras?

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