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Best ancient civilasation

  1. Dec 14, 2004 #1
    What were the best civilisations/country/empire/kingdom in:
    1)before 1000B.C.
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  3. Dec 14, 2004 #2
    I think it is safe to say the Roman Empire was the greatest civilization ever. It lasted well over 2 thousand years from 752 BC to 1476AD
  4. Dec 14, 2004 #3


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    Well, by 1476 the Eastern Roman Empire was a Greek speaking oriental empire. By that standard there was just one (occasionally two) Chinese empire from Shang times to Sun Yat Sen, or around three thousand years.
  5. Dec 14, 2004 #4
    Could elaborate on what you mean by "best"?
  6. Dec 16, 2004 #5
    best- not in size but in the
    1)quality of life of people
    2)technological andvances
    3)advancement in medicine
    4)planning of cities
    5)sustainable development
    6)good practices and moral health of people
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    Your #1 and #6 will need some elaboration ... life was good in ancient Greece - except if you were a slave (in which case it was pretty horrible); life is pretty good in modern Saudi Arabia - except if you are a woman. So, how would you like to balance a wonderful quality of life for a few against a miserable quality of life for many?

    On #5, I think it's accurate to say that there have been no 'civilizations' that were/are close to having 'sustainable development' - since the development of agriculture, it's been pretty much 'drawing down the capital account' for everyone.

    Interesting exercise though, how would you expand each of these criteria into quasi-objective measures?
  8. Dec 16, 2004 #7
    This is becoming interesting, but the question is not easily answered objectively, and I don't think a short answer can do justice to everyone. There are so many variables.

    For 1) The U.N. comes out with a list each year ranking the quality of life in each country. Maybe that would qualify for 1 in the present, although even their system is probably very debatable.
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