Years Period China World
5,000-2,000 BCE Neolithic Beginning of agriculture: painted pottery Catal Huyuk
Lyre of Puabi
Pyramids in Egypt
Pictographs and invention of Cuneiform
Sargon of Akkad
Stele of Naram-Sin
Tell Asmar
c1700-221 BCE Bronze Age
Shang dynasty; 
Chou (Zhou) dynasty
Warring States Period
Shang dynasty; 
  • Chou (Zhou) dynasty
  • development of writing
  • bronze casting
  • Confucius c551-479 (Analects) Filial Piety, Reciprocity
  • Developed philosophies leading to Taoism Lao Tzu (Codified Writings)
  • Chuang Tzu (Chuang Chou) Butterfly
  • Iron Tools
Code of Hammurabi
Olmec in America
Golden Age of Perikles
Rome Begins
c221- 206 BCE Qin  (Chin) dynasty

  • Unification 
  • Centralized Bureaucracy
  • standardized money, written language, 
  • clay figures, 
  • Great Wall
  • Legalism introduced
  • Shan Yang c360 "Man is by nature evil"
  • Han Feizi c233 codified the system
Rome Begins
206 BCE-220CE  Han dynasty
  • Silk Road 
  • Daoism
  • Confuciunism made state philosophy
  • Buddhism Introduced
Rise of Christianity
220 - 579 CE Six Dynasties
North, East and West Wei, 
Nomad Invasions,
Buddhism Grows
Rock Cut Caves
Monumental Buddhas
Birth of Muhammad
Edict of Milan
Hagia Sofia
Separation of Churches
568 - 617 CE Sui Reunification of China
618-907 Tang dynasty Repression of Buddhism
960-1279 CE Song (Sung) dynasty Neo Confucianism
Landscape Painting Develops

Early Chinese Art: Qin to the Tang Dynasties

Shang, Bronze standing figure
(c. 1300-1100 B.C.)H 262 cm
From Pit 2 at Sanxingdui, 
Guanghan, Sichuan Province
Excavated in 1986  Sanxingdui Museum, 

Qin, Soldier in Robes 221-207BCE
from the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi 
(The First Emperor of Qin)

Pit #1 Foot Soldiers


Pit #1 Calvary

Pit #3 Officers 
(Decorated like a tent)