| Chapter 3: Ancient India and the Rise of Buddhism, 2600 B.C.E.–C.E. 100
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Chapter 3: Ancient India and the Rise of Buddhism, 2600 B.C.E.–C.E. 100


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Learning Objectives

Major concepts of the chapter that you should be familiar with.
  • After having read the chapter, students should be able to
  • Describe the basic features of the Harappan urban settlements and compare those to contemporary urban settlements in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China.
  • Describe the migration of Indo-European languages.
  • Understand what is meant by Aryan, in relation to the Vedic peoples.
  • Describe the breakdown of Vedic social stratification.
  • Describe the status of women in Vedic society.
  • Explain and describe what a varna is.
  • Discuss the life of the Buddha and how his religion differed from the Vedic religion.
  • Discuss the life of Ashoka and the significance of his conversion to Buddhism.
  • Understand the multiregional nature of Indian Ocean trade.



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