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View Poll Results: country with richest heritage
Greece 46 21.10%
Italy 51 23.39%
Iraq 17 7.80%
Iran 2 0.92%
Turkey 16 7.34%
North Africa 0 0%
Lower middle east (below Iraq) 1 0.46%
China 28 12.84%
Western European countries 3 1.38%
Spain-Portugal 0 0%
Egypt 34 15.60%
India 20 9.17%
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Old January 28th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #41

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This is such an impossible and thus moot question.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 12:44 AM   #42

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I can vote only for a country that I myself have seen. I voted for Turkey, but then thought that I forgot Sicily when I was considering voting for Italy. Sicily has splendid ancient heritage, so I should have voted for Italy, but my vote had already been cast.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 01:41 AM   #43

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China's ancient ruins can be seen from space.

I actually cast my vote for Turkey, a huge number of myths take place in Turkey; the most important story in the Greek mythological canon takes place there. It was home to mighty Kingdoms like Troy, Miletus, and the Hittite Empire during the bronze age, and maintained key importance during the classical era.

Lydia had that King who went to the Oracle of Delphi and asked "What will happen if I invade Persia," and the Oracle said "A great Empire will fall." So he went all gung-ho and invaded the Persian Empire... Only to see his great Lydian Empire fall to Persia =P

The Ionian coast in Turkey was the central point of contention between the Persian Empire, that began the great Persian wars against the Atheneans and Boeotians. It also later became the center of the Roman Empire, the chosen location of Constantine's city; and the source of the end of the ancient era... 529, when Justinian launched and attack on the West from Turkey. The closing of the Academy of Plato in Athens, and the beginning of the rapid destruction of Roman culture in Africa and Europe can be seen as the best mark for the end of late antiquity.

In terms of ruins of ancient buildings from the ancient era; which place is richer than Turkey? It's like Greece, but bigger, and with a wider range of ancient cultures.

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Old January 29th, 2013, 03:58 AM   #44

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Italy of course italian cities are roofless museums
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Old January 29th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #45

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I am confident that one day I will have the opportunity to explore that rich heritage in India! Realistically, there is nobody here who can objectively compare the heritage of India and Italy. I think the special case about Italy is that the heritage there is part of everyday life, because many people actually live and work in historic buildings.

MAny Indian cities (especially the one built in the pre colonial era) can be divided into two parts old city/walled city and new city (for eg old delhi and new delhi). The old city has buildings built in the pre colonial era unlike the new citites which mainly has modern outlook. However there isn't any active effort to take care of that heritage by the goverment and as a result they are rapidly being replaced by the ugly looking buildings.

For eg few decades ago the old oart of my city was full with such homes.

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However now they are rapidly being replced by the ugly looking buildings.

By the way cities built in colonial era also has maintained that colonial era aroma. Diu and Goa has many portuguese buildings, same for the Bombay and Kolkata, Pondicherry. Infact while roaming in some parts of Bombay or pondicherry or Diu and many other cities it feels like one is still in the British India or French or portuguese colony .

Anyway I am not sure if any of them can be compared venice or milan.
& more appropriate sentance in case of India isn't that Indians are living in the heritage but they are actually living the heritage. Many people still chant the same hymns every morning that were composed before 1500 BC. They still perform and observe many rituals & tradition (marriage, funeral etc) in the same way as our ancestors used to do since vedic era and so on.
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China's ancient ruins can be seen from space.
Seriously? Which ancient ruin.. Not the great wall one?
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I agree with this; India certainly has a rich ancient heritage, but it's one that can't really be compared to Italy's - somewhat like apples and oranges. The question of which country has the "richest" heritage is subjective, so everyone's answer will come from their own personal preference and idea of which nation's history best suits the term. For many this is Italy (if for nothing else but for the grandeur of Rome), for others it is India, China, etc.



My opinion, exactly - it really is quite unique, the way history still seems to live in Italy.

In my opinion, India can compete with Italy, overall. I find medieval Indian buildings specially ahead of anything in Italy.

However, the thread is about ancient heritage. In this case, Italy has advantage.
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In my opinion, India can compete with Italy, overall. I find medieval Indian buildings specially ahead of anything in Italy.

However, the thread is about ancient heritage. In this case, Italy has advantage.
I meant you can't compare them because they're like apples and oranges, and it's a matter of personal preference; not because Italy is necessarily superior to India (indeed, India has an illustrious ancient patrimony).
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In my opinion, India can compete with Italy, overall. I find medieval Indian buildings specially ahead of anything in Italy.

However, the thread is about ancient heritage. In this case, Italy has advantage.
I'm afraid that I greatly fail to see how Italy in any way, shape, or form could be compared to India in ancient times.

India is much, much older than Italy.
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I'm afraid that I greatly fail to see how Italy in any way, shape, or form could be compared to India in ancient times.

India is much, much older than Italy.
Again, the question wasn't which country has the oldest/deepest ancient heritage; it was which has the *richest*, and that's a matter of opinion, based on personal preference. I also believe you're undercutting the greatness of Italy's ancient history - many find Rome to be the most fascinating period in ancient history.
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