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Posted by silkyballfro94 (1679 posts) 1 year, 20 days ago

Poll: Your Favorite Civilization? (55 votes)

Romans 15%
Greeks 18%
Iroquois Nation or any Native American tribes 5%
Maya 2%
Aztecs 2%
Incas 0%
Ancient China 7%
British Empire 2%
Nazi Germany 4%
Sumerians 5%
Mesopotamians 0%
Vikings 7%
Mongol Empire 2%
Byzantine Empire 0%
Persian Empire 0%
Ancient Egypt 5%
Celts 2%
Holy Roman Empire 0%
Napoleon's Empire 4%
Soviet Union 2%
United States of America 13%
Other 5%

What is your favorite civilization to learn about? Which would you have lived with? Please do not be offended because the Nazis or Soviets are on here and please exclude any from the second question that you do not see fit. I just want to see which is more popular and interesting to people. Sorry if I missed some.

#1 Posted by AssertingValor (5391 posts) - - Show Bio

It is estimated that the Brits have controled more land than any other civilized empire in world history

#2 Edited by 616Vulture (1470 posts) - - Show Bio

Native Americans because I'm part Native American

#3 Posted by Yokergeist (12355 posts) - - Show Bio

Greeks have a neat history.

#4 Posted by silkyballfro94 (1679 posts) - - Show Bio

DAMMIT just realized I forgot Alexander the Great and I can't edit. :(

#5 Posted by Dabee (2386 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait, why would Nazi Germany even be an option? Or the Soviet Union? It's not a matter of some of us not seeing fit, there is no reason anybody would pick those. Seriously... what are you thinking? And they hardly count as civilizations....

@silkyballfro94

#6 Edited by PunyParker (9748 posts) - - Show Bio

YEAH!
We're on the lead!

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#7 Edited by BiteMe-Fanboy (7735 posts) - - Show Bio

I say Feudal Japan.

Samurais n sh*t.

#8 Edited by silkyballfro94 (1679 posts) - - Show Bio

@dabee: relax alright, I didn't think of that and I should have and I would EDIT but it doesn't give me the option. But for the Soviet Union, I think it does belong in terms of civilizations, but I should've added the ruling of czars/tsars in Russia before too. As for Nazi Germany maybe you're right, I guess it was their leader and invasions that convinced me. Sorry and did you vote?

#9 Posted by Joygirl (19402 posts) - - Show Bio

Tamaranean.

#10 Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26 (6450 posts) - - Show Bio

Mongols were my favorite. Largest continuous empire in history, best warrior culture in history, were religiously tolerant and equal to other races. Genghis Khan for life! :)

#11 Posted by Joygirl (19402 posts) - - Show Bio

BAM

#12 Posted by Fallschirmjager (16722 posts) - - Show Bio

Napolean - the Italian-born son of a merchant family who became the French Emperor and had all of Western Europe under his control. Participated in over 60 large scale pitched battles and won 80-90% of them.

Dude changed warfare as we know it and also helped write the Napoleonic code which was a revolutionary civil code allows freedoms that we take for granted today.

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#13 Edited by PrinceAragorn1 (16744 posts) - - Show Bio

Nazi germany? lulz

#14 Edited by Aronmorales (9434 posts) - - Show Bio

The United States of Awesome-Ass America.

#15 Posted by VercingetorixTheGreat (2823 posts) - - Show Bio

Napoleon and the First French Empire not because of land mass or anything as trivial as that. I picked Napoleon because dude was the biggest bad*ss since Alexander the Great... The army Napoleon created from revolutionary rabble was one of the most well disciplined military machines the world has ever seen.

#16 Posted by silkyballfro94 (1679 posts) - - Show Bio
#17 Posted by Edamame (28081 posts) - - Show Bio

Ancient Egypt, without a doubt. Fascinating history and culture.

lol I still find it hilarious how you have the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany on the list. :)

#18 Edited by CheeseSticks (2447 posts) - - Show Bio

It's more Asia but i vote Ancient China, especially the Three Kingdoms period in China and the Sengoku Jidai in Japan.

#19 Posted by VercingetorixTheGreat (2823 posts) - - Show Bio

@silkyballfro94: too bad it didn't end well? Napoleon may have been ousted but his legacy lives on. Funny that without him creating the Confederation of the Rhine, Germany may never have united. His Napoleonic legal code really revolutionized European law and his legacy on military tactics is IMMENSE!!!

When you get an entire era in history named after you and all the oppressive monarchies in Europe to work together you know you are doing something write.... I am a little biased since one of my ancestors was one of Napoleon's closest friends and a general in the French Imperial Army

#20 Posted by Wolverine08 (41112 posts) - - Show Bio

Ancient Japan.

#21 Posted by silkyballfro94 (1679 posts) - - Show Bio
#22 Edited by AssertingValor (5391 posts) - - Show Bio
#23 Edited by joewell (6293 posts) - - Show Bio

I chose Greek. I just like there Mythology

#24 Posted by IrishX (2354 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a member of another site that has a large number of Finnish people. It got me curious about the country and I found out a while back about the Winter War. If you don't know about it check out what Simo Hayha and others did to the Russians. When the few take on the many....

Russian General - "We gained 22,000 square miles of territory. Just enough to bury our dead."

#25 Edited by Dabee (2386 posts) - - Show Bio

@dabee: relax alright, I didn't think of that and I should have and I would EDIT but it doesn't give me the option. But for the Soviet Union, I think it does belong in terms of civilizations, but I should've added the ruling of czars/tsars in Russia before too. As for Nazi Germany maybe you're right, I guess it was their leader and invasions that convinced me. Sorry and did you vote?

Hm, I guess my tone didn't really come through. I was more just confused, kind of laughing, at the prospect of Nazi Germany being the best civilization. I just thought it was kind of ridiculous, but I didn't mean it as yelling. Sorry if it came off that way.

I voted for the Sumerians, mainly because they invented language. And well, language is pretty much the greatest thing we've ever come up with. I dare anyone to disagree with me.

#26 Posted by VercingetorixTheGreat (2823 posts) - - Show Bio

@irishx: Simo Hayha Isn't he the deadliest sniper in history? I actually made a battle thread with him against Deadshot haha

@silkyballfro94: sorry It is so hard to express emotion on the internet, because I knew you were just joking and I was trying to

@lordmaverick: That is what I was thinking haha. The mongols were far from fair and just rulers... Just look at the Siege of Baghdad (they killed over a hundred thousand fleeing civilians) and they destroyed one of the most beautiful cities in the ancient world while they forced the Caliph to watch. They killed countless Scientist and Philosophers and stained the Tigris Red and Black with Blood and ink (threw almost the entire library of Baghdad into the river). It can be said that Islamic science stagnated because of the enormous blow the Mongols dealt...

To say they were fair and just rulers is like calling Hitler a great guy... To put this in perspective WW2 killed about 2% of the population... The mongol conquest killed over 10% of the entire worlds population.

#27 Posted by superstay (9718 posts) - - Show Bio

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

d^_^b

(I hope this doesn't get me banned)

dO.Ob

#28 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (17879 posts) - - Show Bio

Decepticons

#29 Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26 (6450 posts) - - Show Bio

@spideyivydaredevilfan26: except they slaughtered every man in persia

1) That was incredibly exaggerated.

2) Genocide by civilizations was pretty common at the time

3) He only did that kind of stuff to people who didn't surrender to him. Those who DID actually led really good and peaceful lives.

#30 Posted by Chaos Prime (10842 posts) - - Show Bio

Roman but Ancient Japan a close second.

#31 Posted by Batman242 (4860 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl said:

Tamaranean.

Sadly, I was looking for that.

#32 Edited by batmannflash (6215 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay who voted Nazi??? haha Why man?

#33 Posted by Joygirl (19402 posts) - - Show Bio

@joygirl said:

Tamaranean.

Sadly, I was looking for that.

It is obviously the best answer. Feasting and orgies with hot alien chicks, space travel, cool spaceships, what's not to like?

#36 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33049 posts) - - Show Bio

@dabee: @batmannflash: Why are you confused about pepole picking Nazi Germany? The OP says "what is your favourite civilization to learn about?" Plenty of pepole have jobs studying Nazi Germany hell pepole even learn about it in school, why would it be a bad thing? It's not like they where any worse than some of the other Civs on that list.

Anyway I picked Celts.

#37 Edited by silkyballfro94 (1679 posts) - - Show Bio

Well so far it's the Greeks with 26% and the USA with 13% of the vote.

By the way, I voted for the Aztecs because it's possible that I could have had an Aztec ancestor, plus their pyramid city is gorgeous.

#38 Posted by batmannflash (6215 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: oh I'm sorry, I must have missed the "learning" part! I thought it was just your favorite civiliation...period.

#39 Edited by INLIFE (1600 posts) - - Show Bio

Sumerians. They are my ancestors.

Or Mesopotamians? Could be one of the two or both.

#40 Posted by russellmania77 (15020 posts) - - Show Bio
#41 Posted by Batman242 (4860 posts) - - Show Bio

@inlife: Hey, I'm gettin a spam of notifications from you. Do you mind deleting your post with me in it?

#42 Posted by Dabee (2386 posts) - - Show Bio

Why are you confused about pepole picking Nazi Germany? The OP says "what is your favourite civilization to learn about?" Plenty of pepole have jobs studying Nazi Germany hell pepole even learn about it in school, why would it be a bad thing? It's not like they where any worse than some of the other Civs on that list.

Because if Nazi Germany is really someone's favorite civilization to learn about, it's bizarre. Yeah, people learn about it (which is albeit important), but if you love learning about it so much that it's one of your favorite things, that's weird. It's mainly the fact that you're using the word 'favorite' to describe your perception of Nazi Germany. And how could you say that they're not any worse than some of the other civilizations on the list? Sure, many civilizations are/were terribly corrupt, but Nazi Germany is definitely, by far, up there pretty high.

#43 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33049 posts) - - Show Bio

@dabee: It's not bizarre at all, it's the study of history and if that part of history interests you the most then there is nothing wrong with that. Yea so what if Germany was corrupt the Celts and the Aztec's participated in human sacrifices, the Norse made rape a national sport, the Greeks killed there own children if they thought they were weak, the British turned half the world in to slaves as did the Persians to a lesser degree.

#44 Edited by Dabee (2386 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: If you really don't understand why referring to the Nazis with the word "favorite" is inherently distasteful, I really can't help you. If you see Nazis as anything but despicable, you have some serious reevaluation to do. They may be your choice of study because of their pitiful existence and hopes to prevent something like that to ever happen again, but in no sense can they be someone's "favorite." Unless you are a holocaust denier, or perhaps a Neo-Nazi (which I doubt you are either, because you write your posts too intelligently,) I really don't see how you can disagree with me.

Okay, not for part 2. The Celts and Aztecs did certainly sacrifice humans for what they thought was impending good fortune. It was savage and misled, of course. But to compare this to genocide of entire peoples is completely ridiculous. Now for the Norse making rape a national sport, that's simply not true. To start, it's a huge misconception that most early Nords/Vikings were all warriors. MOST, and I mean most, of them were farmers and tradesmen. The select few that were warriors and went on voyages actually traded peacefully with whomever they came across. So it's not the same as genocide. Greeks killing their own children, yes. Very bad, but it still doesn't add up to systematic genocide of entire peoples. The British didn't turn half the world into slaves, it was a huge number of people, and it doesn't make it any less tragic, but it certainly wasn't half the world. Also, it wasn't actually just the British. Only about 20% of slaves were imported violently transferred to North America.

But in the end all of them are tragedies, but to say "Yea so what if Germany was corrupt" only undermines the tragedy of the Holocaust. You clearly aren't an expert on these matters, and neither am I. Really nobody on this website is, so we aren't qualified to say what was worse. But we can all agree (I hope) that all of them are tragedies, and that it's bizarre to be picking out our favorites.

#45 Posted by JediXMan (30322 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Rome
  • Egypt
  • Britain
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#46 Posted by PowerHerc (83261 posts) - - Show Bio

U.S. of A.

No question. No doubt.

#47 Posted by umbrafeline (5300 posts) - - Show Bio

the romans had it all and blew it just like any other civilization. they were at their peak during the Julio-claudian dynasty but after the colosieum was finished under titus [started by his father Vespasian from neros private playground] it just fell apart. granted theyre responsible for many of the things we take for granted [aqueducts] and some of their leaders were less than ideal ie. commodus. up from the time of its beginning to ad 180, rome was a power to be reckoned with in the ancient world. then from ad 180 to ad 476 it was all down hill from there. examples being the time of shared power, the schism of the empire [forming the east and west empires], invasions, plagues, etc...

excripts taken from the book EMPRERORS OF ROME IMPERIAL ROME FROM JULIUS CEASAR TO THE LAST EMPEROR by david potter c/o quercus publishing [isbn 978-1-84724-552-6]

#48 Edited by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

Quirky poll. :)

I picked other as none of the options appeal to me.

#49 Posted by Epicbeast3000 (956 posts) - - Show Bio

Where is ancient India, apart from that Rome or Greece.

#50 Posted by Epicbeast3000 (956 posts) - - Show Bio

Romans due to their power, Greeks due to their search of knowledge and amazing myths, and Egypt for mummies. But seriously where is Ancient India, it was the third oldest civilization if you count Indus Valley and the maurya empire was quite large.