Just a few of my favorite civilizations.

American. As in the U.S.A. We think we're the best of course but that shouldn't stop us from trying to improve ourselves.

British. Another island culture. I lump in the Scottish and Irish here but it's all fascinating.

Chinese. Huge, huge, huge. A large amount of homogeneity and continuity. The invention of paper alone in 105 CE is incredible.

Egyptians. Hieroglyphics, pyramids, pharaohs, papyrus, the Nile, the Sphinx, etc. Not only did they build things to last, but the climate cooperated as well. I also like how all the pictures and monoliths are so easily appreciated across all this time.

Greeks. Of the ancient civilizations, I like the Greeks the best. Their contributions are tremendous: architecture, sculpture, mythology, and philosophy.

Japanese. Another island culture. They are very xenophobic but very homogenous and highly structured. In 1281 CE the Mongols tried to invade Japan but were foiled by a typhoon: the kamikaze, "divine wind".

Khmer. An empire that covered most of the peninsula between India and China from the 9th to the 15th century. Its capital was Angkor, which located just north of the Tonle Sap (the Great Lake) which dominates the center of modern day Cambodia. Quite a crucible for Buddhism, Hinduism, and local culture.

Mayan. I don't appreciate them as much since there isn't much culture that survived from the Mayans except in the South America subconscious. It is doubtful that we will ever find a Rosetta stone to translate their writings. Peculiar blood-centric religion. Mysterious pyramids and such. I'm always confusing the Mayans, the Aztecs, the Incans, etc. I still think it lame that Francisco Pizarro beat the Incans with 106 soldiers, 62 horses, and gunpowder.

Polynesians. Not just a bunch of guys and girls in grass skirts eating coconuts. I'm quite fascinated by the drive to travel the vast ocean to get to new lands.

Romans. Sure the Romans conquered Greece (and much of the ancient world) but they also made tremendous contributions as far as law and social structures go.

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