Unit 1: Redefining World Society and Culture
Lesson C: Rise and Fall of the Classical and Medieval World
Opening: Classical and Medieval Empires
There have been many empires in history. Some you have probably heard of might include the Egyptian Empire, the Persian Empire, the Roman Empire, the Aztec Empire, and the British Empire. Some empires you might not be familiar with such as the Tang Empire, the Gupta Empire, and the Songhai Empire. Take a moment to examine the empires of the Classical and Medieval Periods.
|Empire||Location||Date Marking the "Rise" of the Empire||Date Marking the "Fall" of the Empire||Years in Existence|
|Mauryan Empire||India/South Asia||322 BCE||185 BCE||137 years|
|Han Empire||China/East Asia||206 BCE||220 CE||426 years|
|Roman Empire||Europe/North Africa/Southwest Asia||27 BCE||476 CE||503 years|
|Mayan Empire||Central America||250 CE||900 CE||650 years|
|Gupta Empire||India/South Asia||320 CE||600 CE||280 years|
|Byzantine Empire||South & Southeast Europe/North Africa/Southwest Asia||330 CE||1453 CE||1123 years|
|Tang Empire||China/East Asia||618 CE||907 CE||289 years|
|Song Empire||China/East Asia||960 CE||1279 CE||319 years|
|Mongol Empire||South, Central, Southeast, East Asia/East Europe||1206 CE||1368 CE||162 years|
|Mali Empire||West Africa||1230 CE||1600 CE||370 years|
|Songhai Empire||West Africa||1340 CE||1591 CE||251 years|
|Aztec Empire||Mexico/Southern North America||1428 CE||1519 CE||91 years|
|Incan Empire||Peru & Chile/South America||1438 CE||1533 CE||95 years|
Classroom Activity - Classical and Medieval Empires
Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion question(s) below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.
- What patterns did you see in the chart? Did certain regions of the world have more empires than others?
- What do you already know about empires in general? What do you already know about these particular empires?
- Why do you think some empires were in existence longer than others?
- How and why do you think these empires fell?
Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).