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Can you name the modern countries that were part of these empires/countries?
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Napoleon's Empire is at its biggest (1812). Roman Empire is at Caesar's death (44BC). Just a part of the modern country has to be included in the ancient Empire to make the list.
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Aug 26th, 2010 at 23:42 GMT
hmm, you might wanna double check those countries under caesar, or give a source. ?i think there are a few in there that shouldnt be and vice versa
Aug 26th, 2010 at 23:56 GMT
Aug 27th, 2010 at 00:01 GMT
The last one that I would expect in Napoleon's empire was Switzerland. I had always supposed that already in the 19th century Switzerland was a neutral country and therefore it couldn't be invaded by Napoleon (as it couldn't be invaded by Hitler in the 20th). But seemingly the Swiss neutrality is more recent. One learns many things in Sporcle.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 00:19 GMT
judging by the sources you just provided you missed egypt, syria and lebanon. Possibly a part of israel(hard to see) and Im not convinced that iraq is in there
Aug 27th, 2010 at 00:23 GMT
Switzerland became neutral in 1815, after Napoleon lost. For more information on Switzerlands neutrality, http://www.wisegeek.com/why-is-switzerland-regarded-as-a-neutral-country.htm . Btw, Belgium is neutral as well (since 1830), but got invaded in both World Wars. When under attack, the UK would help Belgium though.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 00:40 GMT
I don't know how, but I guess I switched Iraq and Syria (feeling pretty stupid right now), Egypt is just outside (looks like the border with Libya to me).
Aug 27th, 2010 at 00:53 GMT
Good call on leaving out Egypt from Caesar's empire, or Cleopatra would be rolling in her grave. Concerning Napoleon's empire, shouldn't it include Haiti, the USA (Louisiana) and other overseas colonies? If you don't want to include them, perhaps a note saying it should be in order.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 01:33 GMT
I loved this quiz.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 07:37 GMT
Nice! And also an interesting question the one about colonies.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 10:50 GMT
Haiti/Dominican Republic needed under France surely? And arguably India (Pondicherry, etc)?
Aug 27th, 2010 at 12:05 GMT
Great quiz, perhaps one of my favourites on here! 5 sporcs for you!
Aug 27th, 2010 at 13:42 GMT
Good quiz, I agree about the Haiti and Dominican Republic.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 13:45 GMT
Haiti became independent in 1804, Louisiana was sold in 1803 and many other colonies were conquered by the British. Pondicherry was still French, though. Thanks for pointing that out.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 15:28 GMT
I like this quiz a lot, but calling Yugoslavia an empire is a bit of a stretch. Maybe a name change is in order?
Aug 27th, 2010 at 15:36 GMT
Definitely good that you left out Egypt for Caesar, but you did not include Britain! Since Caesar is so famous for conquering it (at least a chunk of England, he never got to Scotland), that should definitely be included.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 16:06 GMT
Julius Caesar didn't conquer Britain, just came for a couple of summer excursions (presumably to enjoy the Great British weather), a century before the Romans actually conquered South-East England
Aug 27th, 2010 at 18:06 GMT
Israel (Judea, then) was certainly Roman a few decades later under Augustus -- I'm pretty sure it was Roman under Caesar.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 18:13 GMT
At the height of Napoleon's empire Louisiana was a Spanish possession. Napoleon held Spain but didn't effectively control its colonies. Louisiana was only French for a brief period under Napoleon. He was planning to occupy it in force after his troops re-conquered Haiti during the Peace of Amiens, but his general and half the troops died of disease on Haiti, and never got to Louisiana before war broke out again. Napoleon was forced to sell to Jefferson for the cash. While his control over the Louisiana territory was tenous, he did have legal claim to it for a few years while he was in power.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 18:58 GMT
You are correct. I thought Hyrcanus was King of the Jews, but at that time he was only "Etnarch" and true political authority rested with the Romans. Some years after Cesar's death, however, Herod was allowed by the Romans to become King with some formal measure of political independence. Judea did not become a Roman province until year 6 AD.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 19:16 GMT
@AlexRandom: Thanks, removed it again.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 19:43 GMT
But I was telling you you were correct in having it! :D. (Perhaps you saw an earlier comment I left saying the opposite, which I deleted after some research). Seriously, it is a matter of interpretation - according to the Wiki articles on Hyrcanus and Herod, it seems the latter was King but the former (who still lived at the time of Caesar's death) was only Etnarch. This title gave some measure of autonomy but without full independence, with true power resting on Roman hands. So I would say that even though it was not a province in the full sense, it was still a part of the Empire. However, it is a matter of interpretation and either decision could be justified.
Aug 27th, 2010 at 20:56 GMT
I forgot Italy. Could have sworn I typed it. (facepalm)
Aug 27th, 2010 at 21:51 GMT
Did some research after your first comment and noticed Rome was involved in Judea's politics (since 64 BC) before Judea officially became a part of the empire (in 6 AD). Because it wasn't an official part, I removed it. As you said, it's a matter of interpretation, so it's probably best to make this a bonus answer.
Aug 28th, 2010 at 00:06 GMT
At the height of Napoleon's empire Louisiana was an American possession. Napoleon became emperor in 1804, after he'd already sold Louisiana to Jefferson. As far as Israel goes, wouldn't the northern littoral around Acre and Haifa have been under direct Roman rule regardless of the nature of Hyrcanus and Herod's regimes in Jerusalem? Finally, I think all of the Czech Republic remained with Austria throughout the Napoleonic period.
Aug 28th, 2010 at 02:29 GMT
Too Euro- and Stan-centric.
Aug 28th, 2010 at 03:48 GMT
Can't believe I forgot to type Russia, Macedonia, France, and Italy...I might have to turn in the Sporcle account for this one.
Aug 28th, 2010 at 13:03 GMT
Kyrgyzstan almost made it on to the middle row! Great quiz!
Aug 30th, 2010 at 00:59 GMT
I...forgot Italy... *facepalm*
Aug 30th, 2010 at 01:09 GMT
You might want to mention that it is what MODERN countries were part of. Wasted like a minute trying to say things like Gaul, Syracuse, etc. Also more time please.
Sep 2nd, 2010 at 20:38 GMT
I don't understand these bonus answers. Why is Israel a bonus or Senegal?
Oct 1st, 2010 at 10:27 GMT
I am pretty sure Napoleon took Egypt...... After all his troops shot the nose off the sphinx.....
Jan 27th, 2011 at 20:29 GMT
FROM WIKI : By the end of his reign, the armies of Augustus had conquered northern Hispania (modern Spain and Portugal), the Alpine regions of Raetia and Noricum (modern Switzerland, Bavaria, Austria, Slovenia), Illyricum and Pannonia (modern Albania, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, etc.). Try adding Hungary and Serbia into the 4th column. Otherwise, great quiz, had a lot of fun :D
Mar 16th, 2011 at 08:43 GMT
goo quiz. Lucky that 20% of answers are across the board.
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