Feedback for CCOT Fall of Classical Civs
Analyze the cultural and political changes and continuities in ONE of the following civilizations during the last
centuries of the classical era:
Chinese 100 C.E. to 600 C.E.
Roman 100 C.E. to 600 C.E.
Indian 300 C.E. to 600 C.E.
Triangle symbol = chang
H or W = historical context
Cont = continuity
Dvlp or looks like ‘dulp’ = develop
A with a circle = analysis
Look closely at the
to see what you needed to do in order to meet the criteria.
back of the rubric is the content
sheet that was used at the reading/scoring of the essays –look at what you could
have written about (and also see what was NOT relevant for the era at the bottom of the sheet).
On the Rome essays:
First of all, there was NO republic and no senate and no Julius Caesar or Agustus but there was
Christianity in 100 CE.
–. Pull your chronology together a bit to improve.
In general, these essays were good on change but weaker on continuity
Buddhism is NOT in Rome at this time—those” Buddha in a toga statues” were in Asia and as a result of Hellenism
Too many of you missed the whole process of the fall. In 100 CE, Rome was at the height of
. Things were
good—then it fell—due to several factors (analysis, analysis, analysis!); you also missed a change to talk about the
process of Christianity growing, from a small sect though its spread thru missionaries (Paul by the way, was pre-100) to
the conversion of Constantine and the Edict of Milan.
and yes, Rome fell— it split yes, but the Eastern Empire is not the Roman empire so Rome fell, and yes,
institutions, Roman law, Christianity, those continued in the Byzantine Empire, but the Roman empire fell—
On the China essays:
These essays were also good, but with more content issues.
Confucianism is NOT a religion, but it is a BELIEF system/philosophy.
Several people thought Hinduism spread to China –no, silly people –that was BUDDHISM that spread from India to
Also, several people wrote of the Indian merchants coming to China & thereby spreading Buddhism –but no again!
Remember intermediaries facilitated the spread of religion.
The Central Asian nomads (the Huns, in this case) were NOT Buddhists –they did not convert
& were still
animists during this time.
Regarding those nomads, sinification of nomads is OFF TOPIC:
this essay had to be about
can only become relevant if you were to demonstrate how nomads bringing in their culture/ideas changed China …which
doesn’t really happen until the Mongols do that way later in the Post Classical Era (with their different ideas about
On the India essays:
Generally, these were pretty good—these people realized they had an excellent resource in that PERSIA for India