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Post Reply Why do people idolize ancient empires?
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It seems that ever since great empires or civilizations fall or disappear, historians and the civilizations that replace them treat those long dead civilizations like super-men, or paragons of virtue that everyone should try to emulate, like Rome, the Greek States, the Chinese dynasties, Persia... For example when the Western Roman Empire fell, all the Germanic people who migrated to former Roman land started speaking Latin, and mixing Latin with their native tongues (ex. Frankish + Latin = French), adopting Christianity, using Roman architecture and laws. Or even the US; our government is based off Rome before it became an Empire. A lot of people forget that these big powerful civilizations, although were absolutely marvelous, they had their dark sides, like Rome persecuting minorities, political corruption, mass slavery...

What do you guys think about any of the ancient civilizations that came before, or why do you think others like to treat them like gods?
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I don't think it's a matter of idolizing them so much as learning from them. Some things, they did right. Others, they did wrong. Although the means by which most of them were established were barbaric, and many of them didn't bat an eye at things we'd consider reprehensible in this day and age, the fact remains that these empires were the prototypes for civilization today. Civilization produces learning, and without the contributions (however obsolete they might be now) of those ancients, we'd be a far cry from where we are today. You don't have to take the bad with the good: just take the good. None of them are still around to disagree with you.
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We wouldn't be where we are today if we didn't have the ancient empires of the past.

Take the aqueducts of the Greeks and Romans. The science of the world by the same.

That is why I like the ancient empires and like to study them. As for why people moved there. New land free of the reign. You cant force the civilians out. The only option the Germanic tribes had now was to assimilate. Hence the French, Italian, Spanish and other romance languages.

Kind of like immigrants coming to the USA need to be able to speak a bit of English and follow our laws.

For fun... Africa still has slavery, Greek politics is fairly corrupt, same with USA and Russia, and minorities are still hated world wide (think of the gays until recently, they could be put in jail for having gay sex). Atheists are still punished with death in some places too as well as being the most hated minority in America in recent surveys. You can put todays history to that of the past, and many things will be found to be the same.
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They don't live there.
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Same reason people idolize anything. They imagine what they don't have to somehow be greater than what they have. Being content within yourself? Preposterous idea!

I enjoy learning about where humanity has been, and what it's done. We have a tendency to let modern technology make us feel superior, but the ancients accomplished quite a lot. What they managed to accomplish through sheer hard work,time, and ingenuity, is nothing short of incredible. I try not to look away from the darkness of the past or present. The way I choose to look at it, is that every mistake, every sacrifice, every tragedy, was another step toward the future. I find it distasteful to put the sacrifice of others to waste. And I think a lot of others feel the same way.

Also samurai.
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Haven't you ever read myths and seen the history? Of course there were issues and prejudices, duhhhh, but it was interesting to imagine how society worked back then, wouldn't say I idolize them as much as I find ancient history interesting.
Posted 9/24/15
because it's part of history.
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kingdomknight0 wrote:



Also samurai.


^this^
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Scientists and scholars still don't know how the pyramids were made. Not only do they not know how they were made, but they have no idea WHY they were made either. There's divine proportions, sacred geometry, pi, and the Fibonacci sequence everywhere in ancient cultures but yet they're viewed as ancient and uncivilized?





Ancient civilizations were quite advanced, and I'm sure there's a lot about them that is kept hidden from the general public.
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I think it's pretty amazing to see what they accomplished from sheer human power. Their technology was a lot less autonomous and way more primitive but they were still able to make a whole lot of shit happen.
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"If you ain't been a part of it, at least you got to witness"

something like that xD
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Similar to 'weaboo' phenomenon. Also, play by the big dog's rules.
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Those ancient civilizations are where we come from. They made us who we are today. In some cases, literally. There are systems developed in Mesopotamia that we still use today.
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I wouldn't say we deify them as such, but the achievements and the ascent of humanity from hunter-gatherers to city building groups of hundreds of thousands is both fascinating and astounding
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Because I made sure no one forget the history of great Rome! Plus I'm last remaining of true Roman, I came from that era the great Empire Rome!

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