Unformatted text preview: These systems used a small number
of symbols, or letters, to represent
• Letters could be arranged in countless
ways to form words.
• The Phoenicians were among the first to devise an alphabet.
• Because they were sailors and merchants, the idea of alphabetic
writing spread wherever the Phoenicians traveled.
• During the first millennium BCE alphabetic writing spread from the
Mediterranean region to India.
39 What is a world religion?
It’s a belief system that
embraces people of
differing languages and
Religions that spread
during Big Era Four were: Expanding Networks:
Christianity 2800 BCE ? 19 00 BCE 12 00 BCE 5 00 BCE 1 CE 500 CE Hinduism
Buddhism Religions that Spread During Big Era Four Christianity 40 Growth of World
In Big Era Four
millennium BCE Buddhism
From 5th century
From 1st century
scattered widely in
Northern Africa, and
from the first century
Outline Map: Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2002 41 Expanding Networks:
Religions When people carried a new religion from place to place, they also often took along
•A writing system (This was useful in teaching holy scripture.)
•Trade goods (Religion was a basis of trust among merchants.)
•Art styles (Religious ideas were often expressed in painting, sculpture, and architecture.) 42 So, what have we
learned about two key
developments of this
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- Ancient Rome, Big Era, 1st millennium BC