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Most Influential Civilizations Illustration Essay Oct1 2000 By Kevin House Homo Sapiens have been around for twenty thousand years In this geographically short period of time several powerful and awe inspiring civilizations has risen Every civilization has had its own significant impact on the world Some have excelled in the arts while others strived for scientific perfection Though there have been several important and influential civilizations I believe there have only been three truly great civilizations These three civilizations are the Romans Egyptians and the Mayans First the Roman civilization is one of the most influential The romans excelled in education having some of the most intelligent philosophers and scholars in world history Their schools based the curriculum on philosophy mathematics and religion This allowed them to construct huge coliseums temples and highly advanced military weaponry Their military was second to none in its time period with tens of thousands of paid and voluntary soldiers At the height of the Roman Empire it encompassed of present day Europe Arabia and Northern Africa Rome never created any original sculptures or architectural designs All of their ideas came manly from the Greeks but also from the Egyptians and Celtics Britain Throughout its existence Rome enjoyed an enormous wealth of culture land and intelligence Finally the Romans were one of the most influential civilizations because of their intelligence and immense power Second the Egyptian civilization was highly influential The Egyptian civilization was based on religion and the arts No civilization went to such great lengths to commemorate and glorify their gods and rulers as the Egyptians Until the construction of the Empire State building The Great Pyramid of Khufu was the tallest structure in the world The pyramids were so perfectly designed that they are at most a tenth of a degree off true north and had blocks cut so precisely it is near impossible to fit a single piece of paper between them 5
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