View Poll Results: Which Ancient Empire is the Most Interesting to you and Why?

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  • German

    23 41.07%
  • Mongolian

    5 8.93%
  • Sumerian

    8 14.29%
  • Japanese

    5 8.93%
  • Chinese

    4 7.14%
  • Roman

    26 46.43%
  • Celtic

    15 26.79%
  • Egyptian

    13 23.21%
  • Native American

    1 1.79%
  • Persian

    5 8.93%
  • Russian

    4 7.14%
  • Mayan

    5 8.93%
  • Incan

    4 7.14%
  • Aztec

    5 8.93%
  • Greek

    15 26.79%
  • Picts

    3 5.36%
  • Other

    9 16.07%
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    Which Ancient Empire is the Most Interesting to You and Why?

    As the Thread Title says.

    My Favourites are the Germans for their Wars, Tactics and Constancy. And the Celts, Egyptians and Native Americans for their Spiritual Views.




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    The Celts and Picts interest me because most of my ancestry is from the British Isles, and they are also shrouded in a bit of mystery, which makes them interesting.

    The New World Empires (Maya, Inca, Aztec) are also intriguing to me. They seem to have some very advanced concepts (their calendar was more accurate than our current one is) and a very sophisticated understanding of the natural world for their time (there is evidence of them performing brain surgeries), yet they failed to come up with the wheel.

    The Mongols I like for their sheer dominance of so much of the world and their use of innovative military and political strategies.

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    I voted other as again the dutchy's are forgotten in a poll, i would vote for the Frisii empire the Frisians were the last to convert to christianity in the Netherlands.
    The Batavi Empire great culture, a little bit influenced by the romans but remained barbarians.
    The Saxon Empire great warriors that lived here and mixed with Frisians and Batavi, as wel as with Franks later.
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    Celtic and German most of all as that is my ancestry and of course they shaped Europe into what it is more much more than the Roman or Greek. I find the Ancient Germans and Celts much more interesting than the Romans anyway. Archeology picks up some amazing things about them. They had an urban civilization like the Romans, they had roads across western Europe, they had vast trade routes... etc. The Romans were actually more primitive than them in a certain way.

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    I wonder where the Germanics are in the list?

    No Germanics, but you can vote on Celtics and Germans while Germany isnt an old ancient Empire it doesnt excist that long yet, so you could put Dutch,Belgian,Norwegian,Swedish,French and much more in the same list.

    Nevermind to answer here Boche explained it already
    If christ is the answer then what is the question?

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    After reading this thread it seems to me that "Ancient Empire" is not the correct term for you to use Boche. It seems that the more appropriate terms would be culture or civilization. As for my favorite Ancient Empire, it would be one of the very first:

    The Akkadian Empire built by Sargon I.

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    I chose China because of its extraordinary continuity (despite a few breaks such as the Cultural Revolution) reaching back to extreme antiquity. The most ancient wisdom from the Chinese classics such as Sun Tzu or the I Ching still informs current policy and guides contemporary individuals.

    European civilization has suffered more catastrophic collapses and have only a few surviving fragments of ancient Germanic and Celtic wisdom.
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    The Roman Empire until Constantine appeared. What can I say, I see in them all what I think can save us from perdition. There's a before and an after when they entered history. To me the fact that many of the succesful empires and civilisations which took their place (even those folks who were conquered by Romans) were based in their structure tells us of an incredible folk.
    Their science and technology, their laws, the social structure and the politics are fascinating IMO. They showed us what's correct and what isn't regarding the organization of a a society; for example, they proved that an absolute monarch is better than a republic, they showed how national conscience can make of a tiny group of people the axis in which the world rounds around, but they are also the proof that the lack of that conscience will make of them other's prey. They brought us the many of the most brilliant leaders, like the conqueror of Gaul, but also signed them the beggining of the worst time in our history when the worst person that ever existed accepted the religion responsible of bringing us back to prehistorical times.
    Besides, my fascination comes surely after my personal cultural heritage, as I'm a Romance and a proud one. I consider myself a son of Mars. I was told that an ancestor of mine was a Roman general, and... my brother and I have Roman emperors' names.

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    German, Roman, Celtic, Russian, and "Other".

    Other is Etruscan.

    I'm unsure how old "ancient" is considered to be. I have a general idea but a specific range of dates would be nice.
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    Probably Japanese.
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