Ancient Civilizations 500 BCE

The Greek, Indian and Chinese civilizations are all entering their classical ages.

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At this date farming is spreading around the Eastern Hemisphere, but as yet no urban, literate civilizations exist, and no large-scale states.

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The first civilization has now appeared, in the Middle East.

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By this date more major civilizations have appeared: Egypt in North Africa and the Indus Valley civilization in South Asia.

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By this date one of the major civilizations of the world, the Indus Valley civilization, has vanished - for reasons scholars still do not yet fully understand.

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This era marks the high point of the Bronze Age world.

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This has been a time of great upheaval - civilizations have been damaged, some even destroyed - but it is also a period of great progress.

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New civilizations are developing, and old ones are changing, as such developments as Iron Age technology and the alphabet take hold.

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In the Middle East, the Assyrian Empire has been replaced by three large states - the Babylonian Empire, the empire of the Medes, and a revived Egypt.

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