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Period II: The Development of States & Empires, C. 600 BCE - C. 600 CE

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  • Intro 0:00
  • States And Empires Multiply & Grow 0:18
    • Persian Empires
    • Qin And Han Empires
    • Maurya And Gupta
    • Phoenicia, Greek City-States, Hellenistic, Roman Empires
    • Teotihuacan, Maya City-States
    • Moche
  • Sassanid Persian Empire 1:33
  • Sassanid Empire 2:02
    • Peak Of Ancient Iranian Civilization
    • Persia Influenced Rome
    • Formation Of Both European And Asian Medieval Art
    • Transferred From The Sassanids
  • Qin Empire 4:17
  • Han Empire (Dynasty) 4:45
  • Maurya Empire 4:56
  • Gupta Empire 5:41
  • Phoenicia 6:09
  • Hellenistic Empire 6:54
  • Alexander The Great 8:10
  • Roman Empire 8:22
  • Mesoamerica: Teotihuacan 9:39
  • Andean South America-- Moche 11:10
    • Buried People With Precious Metals and Stones
  • Empires And States 12:03
    • Foundational Civilization
    • New Techniques Of Imperial Administration
    • Centralized Governments
    • Elaborate Legal Systems
  • Example: Achaemenid Empire 13:29
    • Persian Achaemenid Empire
    • Darius The Great
    • Uniform Code Of Laws And Justice
    • Satrapies
  • Darius (522 BCE) 18:31
  • Darius (522-486 BCE) Builds Persepolis 19:38
  • Empires And States 21:10
    • Military Power
    • Diplomacy
    • Military Personnel
  • Unique Social And Economic Institutions 24:24
  • Cities: Athens, The Acropolis 24:46
  • Unique Social And Economic Institutions 26:46
    • Social Structure
    • Ways To Maintain Food Supply
  • Patriarchy: An Example 29:30
    • Esther From Hebrew Scriptures
    • King Got Advice
  • The End Of The Classic Empires 33:19
    • External Problems
  • Did The Great Wall Achieve Its Purpose 34:43
    • Yes, But Mongols Eventually Come