1. Premium Resources:
The following premium units are available for Period 2:
The Indian subcontinent from the time of the Buddha to that of the Gupta Empire.
Ancient China from the time of Confucius to after the fall of the Han empire.
The Middle East and the Greeks – and the interactions between these regions – from before the Persian Wars to after Alexander the Great.
This sequence of maps follows the fortunes of Rome as it faces down threats to its very existence in its early days and goes on to dominate the Mediterranean world.
2. Free Resources:
This page contains links to useful maps and articles within the Timemap of World History for AP World History, Period 2 (600 BCE to 600 CE).
The Maps are accompanied by short descriptions of what’s going on in the region shown. The Articles allow students to study topics in more depth. Here just a selection of key articles are referenced, due to the time constraints the AP world history program imposes.
For a global perspective on this period, see:
For a broad perspective on Europe, seeing the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome in their wider context and particularly useful in showing the extent of these civilizations at different dates, see:
For a close-up on the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, see:
Key articles on civilizations, covering society, economy, culture and so on:
For a broad perspective on the Middle East in this period, including the Persian empire, the Middle East after Alexander the Great, and the Parthian and Sasanid empires, see:
Follow the links in these maps to the individual countries for more detail, but for the Jews and the beginnings of Christianity see especially:
See also for the development of the Indian Ocean spice trade:
History of Ancient Egypt (under the Persians and the Ptolemies)
For India at the time of the Buddha, the Mauryan empire, the Indo-Greeks and the Gupta empire, see:
Gandhara India – including the Indo-Greeks
For China at the time of Confucius, the Qin and Han empires, and the time of division, see:
For a broader perspective on East Asia, seeing the links between China and its neighbours, and the emergence of urban civilization in Korea and Japan, see:
For the Bantu migrations and the trans-Saharan trade route, see:
West Africa 500 CE
For the Andean cultures, including the Moche civilization:
For Mesoamerica, including Teotihuacan and the early Mayan civilization, see:
More lesson ideas are given in the Premium Teachers Area.