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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


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?


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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