Great territorial empires

The focus of this assignment is the great territorial empires of the Classical Age—the Persian Empire; the imperial Qin and Han dynasties of China; the Mauryan Empire of India; and the Roman Empire. These empires shared certain basic features, most notably their great size and diversity. Were these features a blessing or a curse? This assignment asks you to look at both sides of the coin, and to argue both positions.


Write a well-organized 3-4 page paper in which you examine the ways in which the great size and diversity of classical empires

• contributed to their power;


• undermined their power.

In each case, base your argument on specific examples from the empires listed above.

Do NOT use any sources other than the textbook for this paper. Include a reference page and cite page numbers as appropriate in the text of the paper.