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Religious Influences on the Roman Empire

How did other societies (the Greeks, Hellenistic states, Han China, Parthian Persia) influence and affect the Romans? Download Primary Source Set: Religious Influences on the Roman Empire 

This set focus on religious beliefs and practices to show how other cultures and civilizations (Greece, Persia, Egypt, other Near Eastern cultures) influenced Ancient Rome. With the examples of Diana, Cybele, Isis, and Mithras, students explore mystery cults and religious syncretism.

Silk Roads

How did the establishment of the Silk Road increase trade, the spread of Buddhism, and the connections between China and other regions of Afroeurasia? Download Primary Source Set: Silk Roads

In this set students analyze primary sources as evidence of three important aspects of the Silk Roads during the earliest years of their operation, from approximately 50 BCE to 500 CE: the existence of multiple roads, particularly the sea route; the formation of the overland Silk Road from the conflict between

Maurya Connections

During the Maurya Empire, how did the connections between India and other regions of Afroeurasia increase? Download Primary Source Set: Maurya Connections

This inquiry set provides students with sources to analyze the types of connections that existed during the period of the Maurya Empire. The Maurya Empire was the first large empire in South Asia, and the Mauryans forged strong connections with Persia, the Hellenistic Mediterranean, Central Asia, and China.

Hellenistic Culture

How did Greek trade,travel, and colonies, followed by the conquests of Alexander the Great and the spread of Hellenistic culture, affect increasing connections among regions in Afroeurasia? Download Primary Source Set: Hellenistic Culture

This set focuses on the increase in interconnection between regions in Afroeurasia because of the activities of Greeks, Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic kingdoms. They initiated connection of the Mediterranean world, Persia, India, and central Asia.

Mesopotamia, Kush, and Egypt

From 4000 BCE to 500 BCE, how did contact, trade, and other links grow among the urban societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, India, and the eastern Mediterranean? Download Primary Source Set: Mesopotamia, Kush, and Egypt 

To investigate the connections among Egypt, Mesopotamia, and societies in the surrounding lands between 4000 and 500 BCE, the set contains sources about trade, conflict and conquest, and spread of technology, and it shows that connections generally grew more extensive.

Ancient Hebrews

How did the environment, the history of the Israelites, and their interactions with other societies shape their religion? Download Primary Source Set: Ancient Hebrews and Ancient Hebrews - Spanish

This set gives an introduction to the history of ancient Judaism through the Jewish holidays.

Religious Influences

This set focus on religious beliefs and practices to show how other cultures and civilizations (Greece, Persia, Egypt, other Near Eastern cultures) influenced Ancient Rome. With the examples of Diana, Cybele, Isis, and Mithras, students explore mystery cults and religious syncretism.

Jewish Holidays

This set gives an introduction to the history of ancient Judaism through the Jewish holidays. The histories of the holidays demonstrate the importance of the agricultural cycle for the ancient Israelites, the centrality of the Temple for the development of Judaism and its practices, and challenges to religious life from conquerors (Babylonians, Persians, Hellenistic kingdoms, and Romans).