The Age Of Empires : Rome And Han China

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Summer Lee (Ha Yeon) Period 1 Chapter 5 Notes The Age of Empires: Rome and Han China, 753 BCE-600 CE In 166 CE, according to Chinese sources, a group of delegates claiming they were from Andun (Marcus Aurelius Antonius) from Rome arrived at the Chinese Han dynasty court. These travelers were probably merchants of the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire who hope to set a profitable trading agreement with the Chinese. This brings up the point: Rome and China were linked by trading networks, barely knowing the presence of each other, and the last centuries of BCE and the first centuries CE saw the emergence of the two power into a new kind of empire. They were the largest empires the world had yet seen that had the capability to control the vast land in a greater degree than earlier empires. They were influential and were remarkably stable, lasting for many centuries beyond. Rome’s Mediterranean Empire, 753 BCE – 600 CE Rome was in the center and the crossroads of Italy; Italy was the center and the crossroads of the Mediterranean. This location contributed to its success in conquering and controlling a vast empire. Italy had various hills (75 percent) and rivers with mild climate that afforded cultivation of a variety of crops. The region had timber, rich in iron and other metals. There were ample arable lands in the coastal plains and river valleys topped with fertile volcanic soil that helped sustain a larger population. A Republic of Farmers, 753 – 31 BCE In the
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