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Oct 2nd, 2009 at 18:39 GMT
I have a lot to learn. Very interesting.
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 19:55 GMT
Yeah I was surprised by a few of these as well when I was making it. I wish I could find a better source too. Deciding when an empire begins and ends can be a bit arbitrary at times. I thought Egypt would be number 1 until I looked it up but it turns out what you would call an Egyptian "empire" didn't begin until 1,500 years after the first pharaohs began ruling.
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 22:21 GMT
I swear, half of these don't even get a glimpse in your typical history book. Poor Western Society, so full of itself, thinking their empires were so great and you have these obscure ones that lasted much longer...
Oct 5th, 2009 at 14:23 GMT
Wow, nice idea. I feel ignorant totally ignorant. (Just to redeem some scrap of confidence, let me point out that you have a typo in the headings... existance instead of existence.)
Oct 7th, 2009 at 05:39 GMT
Should Holy Roman really count as an empire? It was that in name only, and bears little resemblance to the other actual empires on this list.
Oct 11th, 2009 at 19:13 GMT
Although the Holy Roman Empire was almost more of a confederation of states in comparison to a vast, far reaching empire, I'd say it still fits the definition of "...a number of territories or peoples under a single sovereign authority" at least technically, if not in actual practice.
Oct 16th, 2009 at 14:16 GMT
Yikes, that was tough. At least I'm one of the happy few to get Choson right :p (only had 3 though) I was expecting the Shang/Yin dynasty too, but don't know what definition you took for "empire". Nice yet hard quiz!
Jan 10th, 2010 at 16:33 GMT
Very good, but Ethiopia should be accepted for Ethiopia, and Tonga for Tui'Tongan. Also if Venice is to be counted as an Empire (it never named itself as such) then you'll need to include a lot more European States.
Jan 11th, 2010 at 04:26 GMT
Interesting. Not sure that Venice was really an empire in the same way, and ditto with Holy Roman. One could also argue that Byzantine was an extension of Roman, and they should be grouped together
Mar 11th, 2010 at 16:51 GMT
AnAmateur, would you honestly suggest that 'poor Western society' learns more about the Siam and Kush and Khmer empires than the ones that shaped the modern world, and the ones that grew out of or created the countries that we live in today? Should BRITISH people neglect the BRITISH empire to study an empire like the Shilla empire, on the other side of the world, that had such a comparatively small impact on world history? Besides, I never even learned about the British empire at school, and I was like 16 when, shocked, I finally discovered on Wikipedia that Britain had had the largest empire ever seen. And when talking about empires, we should remember what exactly some of these empires were - I bet most of them could fit many times over into the modern USA.
Mar 11th, 2010 at 21:29 GMT
I see that you equate the Roman Empire with what ended up becoming the Western Roman Empire. That's fine and and makes sense. BUT I think you (or the list you are using)are wrong to count the Roman Empire as starting only in 27BC (with the beginning of the Principate). That was only a change in the internal structure of the the Empire. Rome was already an Empire at that point. I would therefore suggest counting 241BC (end of first Punic War)- AD 476 or 146 BC (end of third punic war)- AD 476. In the first instance Rome would be 716 years old (#6 on the list) or in the second scenario 621 years (#10 on the list)
Mar 29th, 2010 at 20:51 GMT
Wikipedia has removed this list.
Aug 24th, 2011 at 03:41 GMT
difficult subject to put boundaries to, but a very poor quiz nonetheless. What constitutes an empire? And when does it fall? Kush was under egyptian control for a very long time, and might even be considered a satellite state for most of its existence. A couple raggedy tribes in the jungles of southeast asia doesn't really count either. Could be a lot better with some common sense thrown into the mix.
Apr 29th, 2012 at 03:16 GMT
The name "Byzantine" to describe the Eastern Roman Empire is used by contemporaries to distinguish it as Greek, but in fact it was a continuation of the line of the Roman emperor Theodosius I when he split the Roman Empire in half. In fact, Constantinople was the actual capital of the empire at that time, and therefore the Eastern Roman Empire was just as much, if not more, of a continuation of the Roman Empire as the Western Roman Empire (the capita of which was Ravenna, not Rome, for the majority of its existence). So, starting with 753 B.C. with the legendary founding of Rome or in 29 B.C. with Augustus being crowned "First Citizen" of Rome, the Eastern Roman Empire is the longest lasting empire. And if we get really technical, since the capital of the Roman Empire was at Constantinople before the split, the east really inherited the true empire. So you could just say it's the Roman Empire, not even specifically the Eastern Roman Empire. Its territories changed, but it's dynasty and government did not. I'd also like to point out that Constantinople was never the official name of the city - it was renamed Nova Roma (New Rome) when Constantine the Great moved the capital there. He didn't name the city after himself, he was just so adored by Roman citizens that they called it Constantinople in his honor.
Dec 22nd, 2012 at 16:43 GMT
Not taking Thai and Burmese for Siam and Khmer is a bit off.
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