Persia, Byzantium and the Rise of Russia Chapter 9 Persia, Byzantium and the Rise of Russia вЂў POLITICS AND LAW вЂ“ Why might a monarchy and an aristocracy be essential features of a particular society? вЂў RELIGION вЂ“ Why might an empire try to promote certain religions? вЂў CROSS-CULTURAL INTERACTIONS вЂ“ Why might a society adopt elements of a nearby culture? вЂў Read pages 220 вЂ“ 221. Sassanid Persia вЂў On an internet news site find a story that takes place in one of the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan or Pakistan. вЂў Locate the location of your story on the map on the next slide. Sassanid Persia вЂў What countries in todayвЂ™s world were part of Sassanid Persia? Use the map on page 224. Then read pages 222 вЂ“ 228. вЂў What were the origins of the Sassanid Empire, and what territory did it ultimately cover? вЂў What important modern city stands on the approximate site of the old Sassanid capital city of Ctesiphon? Sassanid Persia вЂў Look at the map on page 224. Locate main areas of military conflict between Sassanid and their neighbors. вЂў What outside military threats did the Sussanids have to confront? вЂў What internal challenges or disputes did Sussanid kings deal with? вЂў Who was Khosrow I and how was he important as a Sussanid emperor? Sassanid Persia вЂў The Mazdak reform movement horrified the wealthy because it threatened to upset the strict class system. In Sussanid society there was strict separation between the wealthy aristocrats and the masses of ordinary people. The classes were not suppose to associate with each other, share entertainment with each other or intermarry. Sassanid Persia вЂў How did this class system shape the role Sussanid kings were expected to play? вЂў The Sussanid rulers used religion to impose their royal authority. вЂў Read the feature on Avesta on page 226. вЂў How did Sussanid rulers use religion to maintain royal authority? Sassanid Persia вЂў Today the countries that are in the area of the Sussanid dynasty are Muslim rather than Zoroastrian. вЂў What caused the Sassanids to decline and lose their empire to newer powers? The Byzantine Empire вЂў Look at the map on page 231. Compare it to the two maps at the right. вЂў Why is ConstantinopleвЂ™s geographic location important? вЂў Watch the United Steaming video Constantinople: Capital of the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantine Empire вЂў Read pages 229 вЂ“ 230. Since the Roman Empire is said to have fallen in the 400s, how did the eastern part of the empire stay powerful for another 1,000 years? вЂў Return to the map on page 231. What areas of the old Roman Empire were never brought into the Byzantine Empire? вЂў Why did Byzantine emperors stop trying to restore the Roman Empire? The Byzantine Empire вЂў Divide into partners. On the internet go to http://dictionary.reference.com/ and look up the meanings for the word autocracy, theocracy, and aristocracy. вЂў Read pages 231 вЂ“ 233. Using this information create a graphic organizer that will convey the nature of Byzantine society. вЂў What were Byzantine contributions in law, art and architecture? вЂў Watch the United Streaming video: The Roman empire continues in Byzantium in New Ways The Byzantine Empire вЂў Read pages 233 вЂ“ 236. DonвЂ™t skip the History through the Arts section. вЂў How was the Orthodox Church governed? вЂў How did the iconoclast movement help split the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church? The Byzantine Empire вЂў The split with Rome helped make Byzantium more Greek and for a time increased the emperorвЂ™s authority. вЂў Identify the achievements during the Macedonian вЂњgolden ageвЂќ. The Rise of Russia вЂў Why do countries engage in war? вЂў Read page 220 in your textbook. вЂў What were objectives of the Rus and the Byzantines in early warfare with each other? The Rise of Russia вЂў вЂў вЂў вЂў Look at the map on page 238 - 240. Read page 237 also. Who were the Rus? What are some reasons a Rus-Byzantine alliance was developed? вЂў What could Kievan Russia and the Byzantine Empire gain from a peaceful alliance? The Rise of Russia вЂў What advantages did the Byzantines see in establishing Christianity among the Rus? вЂў Vladimir carefully shopped for the appropriate religion. вЂў What were the long-term consequences of VladimirвЂ™s adoption of the Orthodox Christianity of the Byzantines? The Rise of Russia вЂў During the reign of Vladimir, how did the вЂњbridgeвЂќ of religion help carry Byzantine influences into Russian culture? The Rise of Russia вЂў In small groups develop a list of ways in which Byzantine culture continued to influence Kievan Russia during the reign of Yarslav the Wise. Persia, Byzantium and the Rise of Russia вЂў POLITICS AND LAW вЂ“ Why might a monarchy and an aristocracy be essential features of a particular society? вЂў RELIGION вЂ“ Why might an empire try to promote certain religions? вЂў CROSS-CULTURAL INTERACTIONS вЂ“ Why might a society adopt elements of a nearby culture?