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Period: Ancient Asia

This historical period is very broad and includes the earliest human civilisations in the Middle East, China, and India. The literature, religious texts, and laws which emerged during this period have had a profound influence on the direction human culture has taken over the past millenia. The major historical events and intellectual movements of that time, which influenced the development of liberty, include the following:

  • the codification of law in ancient Sumeria
  • the emergence of religious texts, such as the Old Testament, with accounts of the origin of the world, moral philosophy and laws to guide human life, and the earliest efforts at writing history
  • the philosophy of Confucius

26 People in this Group:

sort name ↑ name   birth   death  
Amos Amos 800 BC ?
Anon. (The Babylonian Deluge) Anon. (The Babylonian Deluge) ? ?
Buddha Buddha 560 BC 480 BC
Chuang Tzu Chuang Tzu 370 BC 301 BC
Confucius Confucius 551 BC 479 BC
David King David 1010 BC 970 BC
Gilgamesh Gilgamesh ? 2700 BC
Hammurabi Hammurabi 1792 BC 1750 BC
Hosea Hosea 800 BC ?
Isaiah Isaiah 800 BC ?
Jeremiah Jeremiah 7 BC
Job Job 600 BC ?
Lao Tzu Lao Tzu 600 BC
Mencius Mencius 371 BC 289 BC
Micah Micah 800 BC ?
Misc Misc (Confucian School) ?
Misc (Mahabharata) Misc (Mahabharata) ?
Misc (Rigveda) Misc (Rigveda) ?
Misc (Upanishads) Misc (Upanishads) ?
Moses Moses 1300 BC ?
Samuel Samuel ? ?
Shudraka King Shudraka 200 BC ?
Solomon King Solomon 1000 BC
Urukagina Urukagina 2350 BC ?
Various Old Testament (Various Authors) ?
Zarathushtra Zarathushtra (Zoroaster) 628 BC 522 BC