What are the major characteristics of a universalizing
religion, for the period from 300 to 600 CE? In what specific
ways do Christianity, Buddhism, and other religious
developments in this period fit this model? What traditions do
- What factors contributed to the “fall” of the Roman Empire in
the west? How do Christianity and the rise of Byzantium
challenge the notion that Rome “fell”?
- Explain the role of the Sasanians and the Sogdians in
fostering connections along the Silk Roads.
- What are some of the ways in which Buddhism universalized
this period, and what impact did this have on South Asia and
- In what ways did Teotihuacan and later the Mayans bring a
degree of unity to parts of Mesoamerica? What factors