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Historians describe world history through various channels. They usually focus on regions and topics which include people’s interactions and migrations. For instance, some study history by tracking developments in a specific time frame. Most historians utilize an expanded time period to monitor human development. It frequently starts with the common theories revolving around the origin of human race and civilization.

Throughout world history, one of the most common things to study has been the rise and fall of various empires. Looking at the most advanced civilizations through certain eras fascinates many historians. And rightfully so. Some ancient civilizations were more advanced than we are today!

The study of world history will not be complete without chronicling the various powers of different nations and empires. From the fall of the mighty Egyptians 2,000 years ago to the rise of the Romans. Historians have had their hands full with recording the world’s greatest empires. As the world continues to evolve, the human race will always find time to look back on its history. Therefore, let’s take a look at two of the most prominent empires now.

Ancient Egypt In World History

Five thousand years ago, one pharaoh ruled a string of city-states lining the Nile River. From this thin nation emerged a distinct culture that was believed to be beyond their era. Egypt maintained its dominance for nearly thirty years. But in 32 BBC, Alexander the Great from Greece brought the end of the Egyptians’ reign.

Ancient hieroglyphs have been front and center of the study of Egypt. These give us insight into the Egyptians’ past through their own documented accounts. Some people admit that they are enthralled by the wonders of this civilization. Experts are mesmerized by the beauty of their art and language and the richness of their culture. From their mystic pyramids to their mummification process, historians cannot stop digging into Egypt’s past. Egypt’s stories of pharaohs and gods are also part of their charm.

World History And The Roman Empire

Rome became the dominant race to hold power in the Mediterranean world during the 1st century B.C. Rome’s first emperor, Augustus formed a government called a Principate. This type of government combined the attributes of a republic and monarchy.

With its formidable army and their vast knowledge of law, governance and city planning, their empire is one for the books! Moreover, the language of the Romans, Latin, brought to life some memorable literary works such as Cicero’s speeches and Virgil’s poetry.

Can’t get enough of world history? This stunning infographic (called a “histomap”) captures 4,000 years of world history. Take a look at the relative power of contemporary states, nations, and empires. The image was originally created by John B. Sparks. It was also first printed by Rand McNally in 1931.

Click the infographic to see a full-size version (which is far more legible).

Histomap of world powers

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