Analyze similarities and differences in techniques used to control their empires during the classical period.
Han China (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.)
Imperial Rome (31 B.C.E.–476 C.E.)
Evidence (5 pieces): 2 pts.
Evidence for A
Evidence for B
Begin your essay here: Han China (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.) and Imperial Rome (31 B.C.E.–476 C.E.) were the most advanced civilizations from their time period that have both similarities and differences in their methods of maintaining their empires. Han China and Imperial Rome were similar in using the Silk Road as their main source for trade and having a patriarchal society. However, Han China had a centralized government unlike Imperial Rome’s decentralized government. The Silk Road was a main trade route for both Han China and Imperial Rome. Han China and Imperial Rome gained wealth in trade mainly because of how large the Silk Road was and everywhere it went. Imperial Rome provided glassware, perfumes, and textiles while Han China produced silk, tea, and spices. The Silk Road not only supported trade but spread culture and religion such as Buddhism and Christianity to different parts of the world. The reason for trade throughout the Silk Road in both societies was that it increased their economy and it was because it overly helped with the expansion of their empires. The Silk Road mostly impacted Imperial Rome more than the Han because Imperial Rome also traded in the Mediterranean and bought huge amounts of silk. Patriarchal families were both found in Han Chinas and Imperial Rome’s societies. Han Chinas society was based on Confucian ideals which limited woman to work at home and be submissive to men. Filial piety played a major role in Chinese society, it meant having the most important virtue was respect for one’s parent. Imperial Rome society was very much alike, but instead of having filial piety they had paterfamilias.Paterfamilias meant that the head of the household was