What was significant about the first settlers of India?Where is it believed the sounds of the Brahmin ceremonies originate? What is the importance of this finding?Why are scientists testing the DNA of Indian tribal groups? What is being learned?
What factors led to the development of cities in India?What did archaeologists find at Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro?What is one of theories about why the Indus Valley civilization disappeared?Are the characteristics found in the Indus Valley civilization similar to other ancient civilizations?
What is the importance of the monsoons?Describe the importance of the Vedas to Hindus and historians.What was discovered about the relationship between Sanskrit, Latin, and Greek?What linguistic influences did the Aryans bring to India?
What religious influences did the Aryans bring to India?Explain the connection that Michael Wood found in Turkmenistan regarding India and the Rig Vedas.
What is the cultural significance of the Mahabharata?How did the development of Mahabharata over several hundred years become the story of India?How did the Mahabharata help define the nation of India when the country gained independence in the 20th century?
What was the purpose of the caste system? What is the importance of social order in India?How does this early ordering of society still affect India today?What were the significant developments in philosophy and thought during the fifth century BCE in India and around the world?
What did Buddha find in Bodhgaya?Describe the central beliefs of Buddhism. How do they contrast with Hindu beliefs?The Buddha states, "Let truth be your light." What did he mean by this?
What Buddhist ideas appealed to the rising class of merchants?What
aspect of Buddhism is considered a "step too far" for most Indians? Why
did Buddhism decline so significantly in India in this time period?
How did Alexander the Great and his army influence Chandragupta Maurya?What does Chandragupta’s death tell us about religion and salvation in India?How did Ashoka’s character and beliefs change over the course of his reign?How did Buddhism transform Ashoka?What did Ashoka’s animal protection edicts tell us about his larger perception of the world?How did Ashoka blend religion and politics?Why did the modern Indian government place Ashoka’s Wheel of Law on its flag?