HIS 111
Unit 5:  Classical South Asia

Buddha!  Forget those short, fat guys sitting cross-legged with a protruding stomach to be rubbed for good luck.  That is a modern invention.  This sandstone sculpture dates to the fifth century CE.   Image courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Read my notes on Rama's Bridge.
  • Listen to some further information about this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • For up to 25 points of extra credit, consider a comparison of the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus of Nazareth and the Sermon at Benares of Siddhartha Buddha in a one-page paper.  Please be sure to cite your sources.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read some excerpts from Kautilya's Arthashastra and write a paragraph in which you analyze his conception of kingship.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read some of the Edicts of King Ashoka and write a long paragraph in which you examine Ashoka's conception of political leadership.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read The Laws of Manu, c. 1500 BCE, and write a paragraph explaining the world-view of Manu.
  • For up to 5 points of extra credit, you can submit the answers to the Ramayana study questions.  Please write in formal, complete sentences.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
Unit Learning Objectives
  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) describe some of the features of the historical development of early South Asia, (2) define the origin, development and characteristics of Hinduism and Buddhism and (3) analyze a historical primary source.

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