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Ancient World History: From Vedic India to Ancient Greece

Ancient World History: Map of Maurya Empire

Ancient World History: Map of Mauryan Empire

If you are learning about ancient civilizations or curious about ancient world history, the following pages would be useful. It is fascinating for us to uncover the information on these lost civilizations. We're covering the time from Ancient History (documented past from the beginning of recorded history to the early Middle ages). We're working on creating the best educational and reference resources on the web, let us know your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.

Vedic India

Historical evidence suggests that India was inhabited by humans even as far back as 70,000 BC. The first known civilization to have prospered in northwest India is the Indus Valley Civilization (about 3300 BC to 1300 BC). The emergence of the Vedas, the sacred texts of ancient India, heralded the Vedic Age (about 1500 BC to 500 BC). Vedic India was a glorious period of cultural, social, and intellectual growth. Read More

Mauryan Empire

The Empire of the Mauryas was founded in 322 BC by King Chandragupta Maurya, who initially conquered Magadha by dethroning the Nanda ruler, Dhana Nanda. He then invaded and annexed most of Central India and Western India. With the fall of Alexander the Great's Empire, the local rulers could offer Chandragupta Maurya little resistance. Read More

Mahajanapadas

Toward the end of the Vedic Period in India, sixteen powerful states or kingdoms had emerged all over north, northwestern, and eastern India. These sixteen kingdoms were known as the Mahajanapadas. Though historical records show that the existence of many of these kingdoms goes as far back as 1000 BC, the Mahajanapadas gained prominence around 600 BC. Read More

Satavahana Empire

With the fall of the Maurya Empire, most of the vassal states declared independence, and the great empire built by Ashoka and his predecessors lay in fragments. There was much feud and conflict among these small states. The rise of the Satavahana Empire in south-central India provided much-needed peace and stability to the land. Read More

Cycladic Civilization

The Cyclades Islands of the Aegean Sea were home to the Cycladic Civilization that initially took roots in about 3200 BC and lasted until 1100 BC. The Cycladic Civilization lasted through three distinct eras, classified by historians as the Early Cycladic Period (3200 BC - 2000 BC), the Middle Cycladic Period (2000 BC - 1500 BC), and the Late Cycladic Period (1500 BC - 1100BC). Read More

Helladic Civilization

The Bronze Age civilizations of Greece flourished from about 3000 BC to about 1100 BC. While the Cycladic Civilization took root in the Cyclades Islands, the Minoan Civilization in Crete and Thera on mainland Greece was home to the rich Helladic Civilization. The civilization was named after ancient Greece, Hellas. The Helladic Period, therefore, refers to the era when the civilization flourished in Greece. Read More