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Classical Indian

The development of Sanskirt, an early form of a caste system, creation of literary epics, and the rise of Buddhism mark:

The Vedic and Epic ages in India

The first ruler of Maurya dynasty was

Chandragupta

How were the Gupta and Maurya dynasties politically similar?

They were run entirely by Indians and not by outside rulers

Classical India's political climate was characterized most by:

An array of regional political cultures

The Indian caste system functioned as a political institution because:

it enforced rules about social behavior.

What was the religion of India's majority, lacked a central deity, tolerated the increasing wealth, and held a believed in reincarnation?

Hinduism

How was Hinduism similar, and different to Buddhism?

Different: Caste system, Same: after-life

Indian trading networks expanded to include:

Southeast Asia, the Middle East, China, and Sri Lanka

In contrast to China, India had more:

direct contact with other societies and civilizations

Unlike china, the values developed in classical India:

Promoted considerable equality between men and women.

The vast Indian subcontinent is partially separated from the rest of Asia by northern mountain ranges, most notably:

the Himalayas

During the Vedic and Epic ages, the ___ conquerors impressed their stamp on Indian society.

Aryan

Early literary epics developed by the Aryans were passed on orally and written down in the language:

Sanskirt

The Indian emperor ___ was the best-known Mauryan leader.

Ashoka

The dynasty that followed the Maurya, the ___, featured a long era of political stability.

Gupta

The priestly caste, or ___, stood at the top of India's caste system.

Brahmin

Unlike other major religions, ___ had no single founder or central holy figure.

Hinduism

The Hindu ethical concept of ___ was far less detailed than the ethical codes of other major religions.

Dharma

These southern Indians, the ___, were active in trading networks all over Asia.

Tamils

Toward the end of the Epic Age, ___ built on the foundation of Hinduism to create another major world religion.

Buddhism

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