History of Asia

A Brief History of Asia

The word "Asia" is considered to be the derivative of an Ancient Greek word, "Aơiα", which was firstly associated to the Persian Wars in 440 BC. But initially it was
thought to refer to the east bank of Aegean Sea - the area which was famous for being related to Hittites as "Assuwa." Another idea is that the word Asia is derived from the word "Asu," which means "rising," or "light," referring to the sunrise, loosely translated, Asia means the "Eastern Land," from which the sun rises.

History shows that Asia had been under the rule of various kings during different eras. History has recorded that a wise king, Chandra Gupta Maurya, a former slave, became the founder of Maurya Dynasty. Maurya died in 298 BC, after becoming known in the Hellenistic world for defeating Seleucus I Nicator. Another famous, and well-loved king of those times was King Ashoka, the grandchild of Chandra Gupta Maurya.

King Ashoka died in 232 BC. Another golden era in the history of Asia was the era of Muslim rulers, from 632 AD, until the Ottoman Empire's reign in 1566. Many of the Asian rulers had built elaborate monuments during their reign, which are considered masterpieces, and visited by millions of people to this day.

Culture and People of Asia

The people of Asia are best known for their attractive features and the simplicity in their ways of living. In the Asian cultures, having guests is considered an honor, and are highly respected - so generally, Asian are seen to be very open-hearted and generous towards their guests.

Asian people also love culture; art, music, literature, and philosophy. In Asian cultures, people generally strictly follow their religious values.

Last Updated on: January 5th, 2018