Compare/Contrast: Ancient China vs Persia

Many classical civilizations have influenced common ideals in world society. Ancient China and Persia were two famous examples that impacted many civilizations through these techniques. Although ancient Persia and China had many political similarities such as patriarchal dominance and centralization in both empires, their powerful diversity from each other in culture such as their linguistic and religious views proved to display a greater impact on these civilizations.
Ancient Persia and China shared many political similarities. Both civilizations were patriarchal.   Ancient Persian men were the superiors, performing the roles of ‘warriors’, activists in government, or hard workers in the family. In ancient China, the Book of Songs held daily accounts of typical women in society; from this book, women expressed that they were treated unfairly and had limited rights. Also, men were so highly honored, for example, they were worshiped after death as ‘spirits who brought good deeds’ upon their family. The patriarch-influenced empires in ancient China and Persia signified a ‘weak link’ in society; in addition to being an impetus for gender imbalance, ideas from women lacked, and thus technology and innovations did not develop as quickly as they could have. Ancient China and Persia used tax systems. Taxes were used to pay for fees in the government, military, technological development or other societal contributions. Tax systems allowed both civilizations to maintain their economy and somewhat keep society balanced, although sometimes taxes were dedicated to the ruler, emperor, or the royal family- this would have affected lower classes negatively. Under the rule of Qin Shihuangdi in ancient China, the tax system was standardized. In addition to tax systems, ancient China and Persia utilized bureaucrats. Bureaucrats, or government workers, performed important duties for the government; in ancient Persia, some...