Religion and philosophy have helped shape cultures and people throughout history. Rome and China are two of the most prominent examples of how religion and philosophy can help develop an entire empire. Religion and philosophy helped Rome and China form better political and societal structures, and it helped Rome's people behave due to the moral obligations that came with Christianity's Ten Commandments. Qin China's emperor, Shi Huangdi, suppressed Confucianism and Daoism in favor of Legalism, which helped people stay in order (much like Hammurabi's Code). Shi Huangdi would later pass away, and the Han Dynasty would soon take over China after his death. When the Han Dynasty replaced the Qin rule, Confucianism would become a major ideology in China. The Han Dynasty did benefit from Confucianism. Because of it, the Han Dynasty improved and established the system of ruling the land by morals and ethics, something that the Qin Dynasty had overlooked. The establishment of a Confucian state had helped Han Wudi rule for 54 years, making him one of the longest rulers in China’s history. Also, before Confucianism, people were given positions whether or not they were competent enough to do the job. But now, written exams are given to determine the best one for the job and emperors chose people based on their merits and whether they believe that these people indeed are best suited for the position. In Rome, mythology was the dominant religion, but Christianity later took it's place under the rule of Emperor Constantine and became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Christianity helped Rome have a greater emphasis on law codes and the legal system because of the moral responsibilities that came with being Christian. Religion and philosophy helped China form a better structure for its society because Confucianism identified the principles that were necessary for social order. China emphasized the emperor's divine majesty and people felt more compelled to have good morals because people in China practiced ancestor
Similarities between Rome and Han
▪ Develop from regional into “world powers”
▪ Cost of defending borders which stretch 1000 of miles ultimately hastens downfall
▪ Urban empires based on surplus from agriculture
▪ Technological achievements include hydraulic engineering: Rome aqueducts Chinese canals. Networks of roads & other forms of transport unify empires.
▪ Families headed by patriarchs provide cohesion
▪ Agriculture main economic activity. Get power by breaking…
Han vs Rome
The choice of which society I would rather be a merchant in is quite obviously the Roman Empire for a variety of reasons. First the Roman Empire had much more developed trade networks than the Han Dynasty. Although the Han Dynasty had better written communication it lacked the vastness of influence the Roman Empire held. Additionally, the Han Dynasty only had Southern Asia and Eastern Asia while the Roman Empire’s realm spread over a much larger area. This led to a greater…
Han and Rome DBQ
Han and Roman attitudes towards technology both changed over time for the better. The Han attitude toward manufacturing and labor of technology was more open and positive than the Romans, which had a more organized and class divided society. Documents 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 are all from government officials’ points of view. Documents 3 and 7 are from a philosopher’s point of view. In short, in the documents 1, 2, 3, and 4, the Han people share attitudes in advancement in technology…
the prevalent Former Han line was supplanted by the privileged, overwhelmed later Han administration in the first century A.D. Both later empires needed to depend progressively on savage troops to police the brute outskirts, in light of the fact that the class of autonomous agriculturist fighters had practically vanished.
Comparative Essays in a Nutshell
Comparative Essays have a VERY specific format that MUST be followed in order to achieve the most points possible. Below I have outlined the comparative essay so that you can write this essay to the best of your ability.
Paragraph 1: Thesis
The Thesis is one sentence that not only says what the paper is about, but in what order you are going to write it. The thesis statement must start with ALTHOUGH or EVENTHOUGH. The thesis must be a 2:1 or a 1:2 ratio. You…
Han China from 206 BCE to 220 CE and Imperial Rome from 31 BCE to 476 CE were both large and powerful empires during the classical period. These two empires share many similarities and differences between political control. There are several ways that Han China and Imperial Rome are connected, but their methods of becoming two of the most powerful empires of their time, shows ways in which they are divided as well. The Han dynasty of China and Imperial Rome’s methods of political control were very…
Han vs. Rome
September 29, 2013
The Han and the Rome empires were very different in their political systems. Both differed in the way they handled their borders, the way they looked at society, and religion. These two dynasties were different when it came their borders, as well as government. Rome and Han had their similarities as well. Both were similar in agriculture, and in their government. With these two empires having their differences and similarities…
economic issues that weakened both of their empires. Those political and economic issues resulted in the collapse of the empires.
Towards the end of both of the empires they both had faced a problem, high taxes. In document one it talks about how Han China how the taxes became so high that basically people couldn’t afford them, which in result weakened China financially. The result of the high taxes in China hurt China more. In document three it talks about how revolts were formed, raids started…
The Roman Empire Vs. Han China
Politically, Economically, and Socially
The Roman Empire was Dominate Empire in Europe and North Africa, meanwhile, to the east another civilization was just as powerful, the Han dynasty. The two were similar in many ways, but just as different in others. There Political systems of Rome had 2 consoles a year, while China had Emperors. The social system of China and Rome was that the basic unit of society was family. The economical factor…
different methods used for political control. Han dynasty of China and Imperial Rome in the classical period had many similarities and differences of the methods used for political control. The similarities include the methods used to keep order in the society and the people who had the political control of the empire. The differences include the methods the rulers used to gain the trust and favor of the people.
One of the significant similarity between the Han dynasty and the Roman empire is that they…