WHERE THESE OBJECTS WERE FOUND
26 Oxus Chariot ModelBrowse all of the British Museum objects on the A Histroy of the World site
27 Parthenon Sculpture: Centaur and Lapith
28 Bass Yultz Flagons
29 Olmec Stone Mask
30 Chinese Bronze Bell
THE WORLD IN THE AGE OF CONFUCIUS
Classical Greece is often regarded as a golden age in western civilisation. However, this was not only an important period in European history. Across the world different cultures were creating their own visions of society that would remain influential for thousands of years. During this period, Socrates lectured the people of Athens, while Confucius taught his political philosophy in China. In Central America the Olmecs created the sophisticated calendars, religion and art that would characterise future Central American civilisations until the European conquest. The Persians created the first global superpower spanning three continents. In northern Europe many tribes shared a common language. This formed the basis for the creation of a modern Celtic identity.