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Major Ancient States

- Persia and Greece -

- Alexander the Great -

- Indian Expansion -

- Spread of Chinese Civilization -

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The early civilizations grew and interacted in the 11 centuries from 500 bc to ad 600. Eager to expand their territories, rulers such as Alexander the Great facilitated cultural exchange. Aggressive Manchurian nomads caused other tribes to flee, bringing masses of people into contact with civilized states. By ad 500 the major world religions and philosophies, with the exception of Islam, had spread far from their places of origin.

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