Which empire had the greatest cultural and social impact on its conquered lands?

Which empire had the greatest cultural and social impact on its conquered lands?


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Feb 2019
211
California
#31
Several excellent pithy comments above why Rome is the correct choice. Frankly (and earnestly) WhatAnArtist, I suppose that if there were some way to characterize Greek civilization (pre-Macedonian) as an "empire" they should have gotten the vote, but then again, I suppose in a way voting for Rome incorporates that sense.

One could, of course argue that Alex the G had a quite substantial share in spreading "Greek civilization" about the known world, but much of that was pretty ephemeral. Rome was as close to permanent as we're ever likely to get.
 

Frank81

Ad Honorem
Feb 2010
4,970
Canary Islands-Spain
#32
The Macedonian impact is the lesser one

The British impact could be overpassed by the Spanish, while Rome falls below China ultimately
 
Apr 2019
67
United States
#34
Rome was undeniably the greatest in terms of influence on their annexed lands. Rome spread an advanced culture to fairly uncivilized people. Although not all natives were complete barbarians and some lived peacefully in small villages, Rome greatly advanced their societies.
 
Oct 2009
3,435
San Diego
#35
Given that the British empire spread greek and roman learning as well as architecture thru the entire world... It Still has to be Rome that had the most influence.

The modern western world is STILL a new Kingdom of Rome in the same sense that the second and third kingdoms of Egypt were culturally still related to egypt.

Ever since the fall of Rome, the western civilizations have been trying to rebuild what Rome had.
 
Feb 2014
186
Miami
#36
How about the Umayyad caliphate and the Abbasid, they significantly changed the culture of their areas by opening up the Silk Road better than the empires they conquered and ideas flourished in the empire until the crusades and the reactionaries who oppressed knowledge after the crusades
 
Nov 2010
7,404
Cornwall
#38
How about the Umayyad caliphate and the Abbasid, they significantly changed the culture of their areas by opening up the Silk Road better than the empires they conquered and ideas flourished in the empire until the crusades and the reactionaries who oppressed knowledge after the crusades
Is this comment meant to be a parody, or something...?
I've thought about it for a few minutes now. But still have no idea what it is about :)
 

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