So, I'm arriving to this quite late but I was reading from the start and I don't know why but this early post just... annoyed me!I must say that I disagree with the oft-repeated argument that America's only contribution to world culture and history has been its military dominance, in fact I would argue that this aspect is the least important aspect of America's influence. The internet, globalization, just about every supranational institution in existence, countless mass production techniques, mass marketing, consumerism, many advances in space flight, Hollywood, the American music industry, the American legal system, popular democracy, the victory of modern free-market capitalism over autarkic central-planning, the reinforcement of English as the global lingua franca (I can guarantee you that if Britain's empire crumbled as it did after WWII and America did not rise, students in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the rest of the world would not be scrambling to learn English), the American university system and the tremendous production of scholarly work on a scale never before seen in human history in a dizzying variety of fields, Google, Facebook, Apple, Starbucks, McDonald's, YouTube, the integrated circuit, the airplane, the Bessemer process, ect.
Any entity properly called a Graeco-Roman Empire was an extension of the Roman Empire; owing to it's willingness towards adopting the culture of others they conquered, for instance, even adopting the Greek language among the cultural elites. It was a cosmopolitan empire, thus it was willingly influenced by Greek art and science, which was the Hellenic influence, but not as much by the Greek style of politics.Yes, it did, and it was separate from the Roman empire, although collectively, the period of time in which the Greek empire was translated into the Roman empire, was known as Graeco-Roman.
Never heard the "Egyptian empire", however if for you the you civilization, is to subdue millions of slaves, just to build monuments,like pyramids, to preserve some kilo of bones and skeletons of the pharahos and relatives and nothing for the people, as stadiums, aqueducts, amphitheatres, theaters, racetracks, thermae,(the only ruins that you can see, from Europe till North Africa and Middle east are Romans,and no Egyptians)just as they did the Romans ... then W the bone's civilization Egyptian.1. The Egyptian Empire - It was the main influence of the following European empires unto this day, and the kids still love anything Egyptian.
2. The Roman Empire - Dominates modern thought today
3. Byzantine Empire - Triggered the universal importance of writing and the alphabet to common use
4. The British Empire - Biggest empire on earth ever, that has military influence on all nations
5. Ottoman Empire - Was at the center of the world's conflicts for over 500 years, and shaped many of the states around it
I am not one for numbering history down to any given list, but I'll go with it for the purpose of this thread.
Fuck astrology! Let's talk about the Babylonian origins of trigonometry :wink:. Great choice in empires.Babylon (This one may surprise people, however almost every single religion in existence is influenced by this predecessor. Also, have you heard of Astrology? Yep, they invented it)