View Poll Results: The Greatest Empire in History?

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  • Persian Empire

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  • Roman Empire

    30 51.72%
  • Han Empire

    4 6.90%
  • Mayan Empire

    0 0%
  • Mongol Empire

    3 5.17%
  • Portuguese Empire

    0 0%
  • Spanish Empire

    0 0%
  • Russian Empire

    1 1.72%
  • French Empire

    2 3.45%
  • British Empire

    27 46.55%
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Thread: The Greatest Empire in History

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    Rome and Britain take the cake for power and influence, no doubt. But the Byzantines, assuming we start counting from the formation of the Eastern Empire in 330, lasted for a whopping 1123 years, despite being constantly opposed by multiple other powers, including the Persians, the Bulgars, the Arabs and the Ottomans. And if we start at the beginning of the Roman Empire in 27 BC, it's even longer.
    The Byzantine Empire (a.k.a. the Roman Empire's rotten stump of a rump state) was certainly long lived, and reasonably powerful in it's heyday.

    However, ultimately, they run into the same problems as the Chinese. They could be a real mess at times, and they didn't really accomplish much of anything. They were mostly only interested in preserving the status quo, and failed rather spectacularly in this goal at that.

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    The Byzantine Empire (a.k.a. the Roman Empire's rotten stump of a rump state) was certainly long lived, and reasonably powerful in it's heyday.

    However, ultimately, they run into the same problems as the Chinese. They could be a real mess at times, and they didn't really accomplish much of anything. They were mostly only interested in preserving the status quo, and failed rather spectacularly in this goal at that.
    But they're so cool!
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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    But they're so cool!


    No argument there.

    Their last emperor (the last Roman emperor in all of history, depending upon how you look at things) reportedly died like a real bad ass as well.

    "As my city dies, so do I!!" *charges into a swarm of Ottoman Janissaries with his sword drawn*

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post


    No argument there.

    Their last emperor (the last Roman emperor in all of history, depending upon how you look at things) reportedly died like a real bad ass as well.

    "As my city dies, so do I!!" *charges into a swarm of Ottoman Janissaries with his sword drawn*
    Cataphracts are the greatest thing ever after sex and food.
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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    I'm voting for Rome, simply because they were the ones who gave later Western powers like the British the idea of having "empires" in the first place.

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post


    No argument there.

    Their last emperor (the last Roman emperor in all of history, depending upon how you look at things) reportedly died like a real bad ass as well.

    "As my city dies, so do I!!" *charges into a swarm of Ottoman Janissaries with his sword drawn*
    I'm really surprised I don't know more about them, as I'm an avid history buff. I know just that the cataphractii were heavily armoured elite troops in the service of Rome, the Byzantines, and some others.

    What makes them so cool? Tell me the story!

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    I'm really surprised I don't know more about them, as I'm an avid history buff. I know just that the cataphractii were heavily armoured elite troops in the service of Rome, the Byzantines, and some others.

    What makes them so cool? Tell me the story!
    For one, the elite body guard of the Byzantine Emperors was made up exclusively of Viking mercenaries and berserkers from northern Russia.

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    They were basically Roman Vikings. How freakin' cool is that?

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    The British empire, without question.

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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    To me it has to be the Han or Roman empires.

    Both created cultural legacies that last to this day. Eastern and Western culture owe a lot to those two empires. Picking between them is harder. I'd have to go with the Han empire because the assimilation under that empire was longer lasting. European nations talked about creating a new Roman empire for centuries but the Han empire is a major reason there is a China today. It fragmented over time and re-combined but ultimately it created a legacy and idea that present China was one large combined people.
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    Re: The Greatest Empire in History

    Call it empire or not but America. Even the tinpot dictatorships have to pretend they have democracies these days, all the while they guzzle down Hollywood.

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