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What was the most influential Empire?

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by PopeADope, Mar 31, 2017.

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  1. Roman Empire

    7 vote(s)
    53.8%
  2. Mongol Empire

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. British Empire

    3 vote(s)
    23.1%
  4. Macedonian Empire

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Ottoman Empire

    2 vote(s)
    15.4%
  6. Russian Empire

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    0.0%
  7. Egyptian Empire

    1 vote(s)
    7.7%
  8. Achaemenid Empire

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Qing Dynasty

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Byzantine Empire

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    0.0%
  1. PopeADope

    PopeADope Habemus papam

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    I'm guessing it's either the Roman[​IMG]
    or the British Empire
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    British certainly came the closest to conquering the world. My guess is that the Roman Empire was overall more influential though.

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    Achaemenid (Persian) Empire
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  2. RedDragon94

    RedDragon94 Agnostic Bible Reader

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    By influential do you mean culturally or just according to size?
     
  3. PopeADope

    PopeADope Habemus papam

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    Influence on Government, military, political systems, culture, contributions to history, art, literature, religion, architecture, and politics...not size
     
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    RedDragon94 Agnostic Bible Reader

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    K... sorry...

    I'm torn between Rome and Egypt.
     
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    The Byzantine Empire was really still the Roman Empire.

    So it's hard to look much past the Roman Empire and also the Islamic (Rashidun) Empire for lasting legacies.

    The British Empire probably on the next tier.
     
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    Tell me about the Rashidun Empire
     
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    My 1st thought was American, considering its global economic, cultural, military and linguistic prominence, although it does owe a lot of this to the British empire it emerged from.
    How American influence will ramify through history remains to be seen.

    My second notion was Roman, though I'm not wedded to it. I'm sure there are a lot of historical influences I'm unaware of.
    I do wonder weather the Byzantines should be included as part of the Roman empire.
     
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    Rome, basically its made it to the modern era in the form of the Catholic Church.
     
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    And modern romance languages, the Roman alphabet, national borders, technology, &c.
     
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    PopeADope Habemus papam

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    That's how I felt
     
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    But Christianity's ethos is very different from that of the Roman republic or empire. It emerged from a disintegrating empire.
     
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    Only in the West. The Eastern part of the Empire lasted until the 15th C and was very Christian.

    Not sure why I used that terminology actually as it is not what I meant

    The Islamic Empire from the 7th C up until it fragmented in the 10th C.

    It spread the 2nd biggest religion, made the ME and NA Islamic rather than Christian, ended the Persian Empire and weakened the Eastern Roman Empire. Cultural barriers today are still very much influenced by this empire. For example we think of Syrians as "Arabs" whereas many of them are ethnically similar to Greeks rather than Semitic Arabs.

    It's pretty similar to the Roman Empire really in its longstanding influences. The Roman would be number 1 though because of its influence on later Empires such as the Holy Roman, and later European ones.
     
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    Culturally: Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Ancient Rome, Victorian Britain
     
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    How has ancient Egyptian culture influenced the modern world?
     
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    I voted for the Roman empire but it was difficult, Qing dynasty and Egyptian empire each had their influence on civilisation but i think Rome wins.
     
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    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Geometry, medicine, hygiene, surgery astronomy, beer, mining, monotheistic religion, codified laws, woman's liberation, architecture. There are a few contested ideas too, irrigation and taxation come to mind
     
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    First, "in the times of Harun Al-Rashid...".

    Then, Macedonian.
     
  19. Valjean

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    But Rome's influence was localized. It had little impact in New Zealand, China, the Americas, &c. Britain's influence was more widespread, but the American Empire has had the most widespread influence, I think.
    I don't think most of these were unique to Egypt. Didn't most of these develop independently in multiple regions? I don't know that any of the later versions can be traced in succession back to an Egyptian prototype.
     
  20. Servant_of_the_One1

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    lmao

    makes me think about the chinese emperor who turned down islam for being too strict, he said he likes alcohol swine and to be with many women.


    I would say Rashidun Empire. It reshaped Middle East and parts in Africa.
     
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