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Poll Question: What is the greatest ancient civilization?
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    Posted: 24-May-2005 at 15:24

What is the greatest ancient civilization?

Which one is the most important to the development of history?

Which one was the best in terms of culture, military power and political dominance?

Which one would you have liked to live in and why? What event would you experience? What would you do and see?

What is the defining event of ancient history?

Who are the greatest people of the ancient period and why?

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  Quote Jalisco Lancer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-May-2005 at 15:35


Hi Winterhaze,
very good poll, but every member will vote for their onw region.
Every ancient civilization was important on their own era and region.
Just an observation, on the mesoamerican area, the Mayan culture was not contemporary to the aztecs, at least not the splendorous mayan civilization that built Copan, Chichen Itza, etc.
The aztecs and the Incas were contemporary civilizations but too far away to interact or influx on the other.
The ancient mesoamerican civilizations were the Olmecs and Teotihuacans that later on influx on the Mayans, Toltecs,Zapotecs, Mixtecs and Aztecs.

Every culture developed their own writting system, calendar and social politic.
Greek's apportation to the actual socio-political is undenieable. However, the other cultures developed their own systems that allowed their convivence.

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  Quote Winterhaze13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-May-2005 at 17:16

If you love Ancient history please check out this great forum:

http://ancient-empires.net/forum/index.php?act=idx

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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-Jun-2005 at 07:01

I agree with Hueyi Tlahtoani on this one. All votes in this poll will be rather "emotional". Not necessarily for each voter's region, maybe by passion or interest aswell.

I, for one, cast my vote for Ancient Egypt. I admire all the other ancient civs, but egyptian history really touches my heart, you know...

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  Quote Anujkhamar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-Jun-2005 at 12:15
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  Quote Rome Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Jun-2005 at 21:51

Rome by far is the greatest empire that ever existed because it was a military power and there is no way that the ancient mesoamerians or Egypt could compeat with Romes military power even though Rome had problems of its own. The legions of Rome may have lost battles of its own but only because of bad luck and trechery the first century A.D.

 



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  Quote strategos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jun-2005 at 01:00
Well, what civilization would you most want to live in? I don't think I'd like the sacrifises of the Aztecs and Mayans, or the all mighty Persian emperor..
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  Quote AssyrianMan7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jun-2005 at 01:16
I believe Mesopotamian Civilazation has had the greatest effect on the world today. They are the "cradle of civilazation". They are the onces who build the first cities, streets, water canals, postal system, farm land and so on.
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  Quote Ardashir Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jun-2005 at 04:23

he he!

Iranians have voted to Persian empire!

Greeks to Greece!

Italians to Roman empire!

And Assyrians to Mesopotamian!

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  Quote reign Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jun-2005 at 15:59

     i vote others. The khmer empire by far is the greatest empire in southeast asia and possibly in the world in my opinion. The khmer are master stone builders, and it shows for angkor wat and the many other temples built. It's a fine example of what human can accomplish, and take into consideration that this was nearly eight centuries ago. There were no heavy machinery, although ancient archictecture didn't use it either. Moreover, Angkor Wat is geometricly constructed, as well as Bayon within Angkor Thom ( surrounding wall ), the capital when Jayavarman Vll reign. At that time, Angkors golden year, the empire streched as far as Lao, Vietnam, and Thailand. Phimai, Phnom Rung, Prasat Muang Tam can be found in Thailand and Wat phu can be found in Lao.

                              Satellite image of Angkor

(center left ) the smaller square with the black outline is angkor wat. The black outline is it's surrounding moat. Angkor Wat is in the center. The square above Angkor Wat is Angkor Thom which is a wall surrounding of the capital. The brown dot in the center is Bayon.

 

 



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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jun-2005 at 19:13
 The greatest ancient civilization has to be Greece. It has been immensely influential on the language, politics, educational systems, philosophy, art and architecture of the modern world. Greek culture was a powerful influence in the Roman Empire, which carried a version of it to many parts of Europe.  Western civilization is founded on Greek culture. I really don't think you can compare them to anyone else.

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  Quote Anujkhamar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-Jul-2005 at 03:17
ok, now everybody who replied above state where there originally from......see any similarities
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  Quote Ahmed The Fighter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Jul-2005 at 10:02
Mesopotamia the  first civilization and with graet effect
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  Quote ramin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Jul-2005 at 14:22
Voted for Egyptian.
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  Quote Maju Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Jul-2005 at 08:46
Phoenicians! They invented alphabet and were sailing to Equatorial Africa when the rest didn't know anything.

Imagine writing in hyeroglyphs?
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Jul-2005 at 09:58
What about the HITTITES? They formed the first peace treaty of humanity, Kadesh with Egyptians. They expanded their civilization from Black Sea to Syria, from Troy to eastern Anatolia. Hail the Hittites!

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  Quote Togodumnus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Jul-2005 at 02:47
Rome was the military power of the ancient world,and Greece the great center of knowledge(a lot of which they acquired from the Egyptians and the civilizations of the Fertile Crescent.)Which is the foundation of Western civilization with contributions from other great nations and their heritages.A generalization of course but accurate I feel.
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  Quote TheOrcRemix Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Jul-2005 at 02:52
voted rome
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  Quote Harry Potter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Jul-2005 at 10:46

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  Quote SJI Lasallian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Jul-2005 at 09:48
The Chinese were a very advanced civilisation in ancient times so i would have to vote for them...
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