Best Ancient Civilizations

The Top Ten Best Ancient Civilizations

1 Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece is the most influential civilizations in the world. They created everything what we believe in today and what we do today.
Language, typography, philosophy, architecture, history, science, geography to astronomy, art, beauty and much more.

53.000 words in this world is Greek of origin. And Greeks invented so many things most people don't even know.

-53.000 words in the world is Greek of origin. (Greek language today is the richest in the world with over 800.000 words. The number 2 in the world has only 250.000)
-The musical notation system that we use everywhere in the world
-Typography (line length, leading, tracking, point size, typefaces
-Epic poetry
-The science of philosophy
-Development of Mathematics
-Automatic doors
-Diving bells
-First alphabet with vowels
-Hippocratic Oath
-Science of history
-Science of Anthropology
-Coined money
-The Olympic ...more

Greece is the founder of Western civilization and also the most influential one, they invented so many things its impossible to write them in a paragraph. Romans copied everything from the Greeks the Romans were deeply enamoured with Greek culture they regarded Greece as the mother of all knowledge, they adopted their religion, architecture, philosophies even the rich aristocrats hired Greek teachers for their kids

A lot of Ancient Greek influence can be found all over the world. Democracy started in Greece, Theatre was created there and trade played a big part during that time period, which influenced our trading strategies.

I love the culture and the things they invintened they were very smart people

2 Ancient Georgia

Its very old nation and very old country

The bravest nation in the world

The oldest in the country, state and the ancient tradition.

Georgia is the homeland of vine. This tiny, ancient country has a rich colture, foreign friendly, amazing and great!

3 Ancient Egypt

Dude, Egypt should be number ONE! They've just provided so much to the world. Lemme see where I can start and end.
First centralized civilization, luggages, boomerangs, oldest topographical map, writing, paper, pen, black ink, different colored inks, Egyptian blue, World's first Alchemist, nilometer, shaduf, irrigation, dams and reservoirs, the alphabet, padlock, toothpaste, oldest surgical instruments, glass making, ramp, lever, pulleys, prosthetics, breath mints, braces, first plastic surgery, Automatic moving statues, water wheels, noria, mathematixs(deserves it own wiki, an example is story problems and geometry), astronomy( deserves its wiki), oldest known door, oldest clothing, world's first clocks, world's first police, first ship. Even in military, the Egyptians contributed in a very important sector which is the navy and first warships. First philosopher, naming the organs of the body both external and internal, ox drawn plow, world's first condoms, world's first ...more

Simply the best ancient civilization.
For the pyramids only Egyptian civilization will forever be known as the pinnacle the ancient peoples' achievement.

Ancient Egypt deserve number one spot. Recent studies have shown they have the oldest known port in the world. On top of that people forget how Rome and Greece were influenced by Egypt. Pythagoras studied in Egypt for 22 years. Plato also studied in Egypt. Ancient Egypt was the first centralised civilisation. The pyramids are a testimony of their engineering skills. The oldest medical school is from Ancient Egypt. In law, it was the ancient Egyptians who invented Wills to be read by lawyers upon the demise of an individual, divorce proceedings, marriage contract, estate or land property rights and the Police. The oldest topographical map is from Ancient Egypt. In science, the ancient Egyptians used the system of aerodynamics to invent world's first ship and sails. Recent archaeology has a questioning remark as to if they sailed to Australia since hieroglyphs were discovered there.
They invented geometry, decimal system and other topics in maths. They were able to create our modern ...more

Ancient Egypt should be top ten. I bet without Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece wouldn't be all that influential. They had an alphabet, made their own paper, they CREATED THE SCALPEL (we wouldn't even be at the medical stage we are at without them! Or maybe we would...), the first mummies (I think), and so much more! I mean, maybe Greece was a little more influential, but ancient Egypt should at least get the second spot. Who even knows about ancient Georgia though? No offense, people that do. I just don't think many people know about it.

4 Ancient Rome

The roots of Western Civilization developed from histories longest lived civilization (500BC-1493AD). The decline and fall of the western part of the empire in 476AD, and the 1000 year chaos which followed (i.E. the dark ages) exemplify the importance of this once great empire. The Romans adapted foreign customs, ideas and people into their own. The were the first republic, and model for every republic to follow. With Rome lay the roots of western language, government, architecture and religion.

The history of modern nations such as the United States, mirrors Rome to a "T". Rome was founded as a result of resistance to the opposition and tyranny of their Etruscan overlords. The Roman's in founding their new nation swore never again to have a king. The government they established for their fledgling nation was named SPQR (latin translation: The Senate of the People for the People of Rome) was to serve that purpose. Sound familiar?

Ultimately national security ...more

Rome: 753BC-509BC: kingdom, 509-27BC: republic, 27BC-395AD: united empire, 395-480AD: western roman empire, 395-1453: Eastern roman empire.

Let's not forget the Pax Romana, a 200 year golden age of Europe (27BC-180AD), where the roman empire brought peace on a never seen before scale to the world. During this time, justice and law was brought to Europe. Almost all of the provinces never experienced war, except for Britain, Judea and Syria. And even then, Romans quickly brought things back under control. They also expanded the known world, trading with the Irish, all the way to the Chinese.

Not only that, but women in the empire also had a new power. They were able to own businesses, lead shipping companies, and pretty much everything else but the military and politics, (and even then several wormed their way into them.) we even have a few records of female surgeons!

The roman empire brought technology to a new levels. They had aqueducts dozens of kilometers long, ...more

Rome was the greatest civilization of all time; Rome greatly increased technological levels in Europe and made European empires possible. Art flourished, Rome nearly united the known world, and we still feel the influence of Roman Christianity today. Heck, Rome CONQUERED Greece and Egypt. 'enough said.

The Romans were way ahead of their time. While most citizens of the world were out and about living in huts and eating wild animals and stuff, the city of Rome was already dealing with building height regulations (buildings had to be limited to 6 floors), traffic jams, and problems with indoor plumbing. Instead of a feudalist like society found anywhere else in the world, where you would die in the same status you were born in, you could be a simple soldier in Rome and become a Senator, a simple baker and become filthy rich. You could live in modern day Spain or Egypt or Bulgaria and still be a Roman citizen. They had an advanced highway system, the likes of which are comparable to the interstate system, war machines in use even 1,000 years after Rome, and after the fall of Rome Europe couldn't recover for another millennia. The effects of this civilization are felt today all over the Western World. - JustAnAccount

5 Ancient China

The ancient Chinese were ahead in the game in virtually all aspects of civilization. They were one of the only prominent civilizations in ancient history that elected government officials through merit instead of wealth/family background.

It is essentially the only ancient empire that still survives in its near full prominence and cultural diaspora that influenced and stimulated the culture of the largest/most populous continent on the planet. No other empire has survived the test of time besides China because their 1.4 billion people truly believe they are one culture and ethnic group which took thousands of years of integrations to achieve (the English have been trying to convince the Irish and Scottish people that they are one culture for a thousand years and still have not accomplished it). For most of ancient and modern history, around 1/4 to 1/2 of the human population lived and died in the Chinese Empire. While in modern times, high birth rates/high populations might ...more

They were ahead of the europeans in astronomy and science, invented paper, gunpowder, seismograph, printing, silk and many other things. They had lots of infrastructure, the forbidden city looked so grand. They developed caligraphy, painting, literature, was advanced in metallurgy and pottery. They left the best pottery that the word china also means pottery. They also invented chopsticks and make their language written words look like pictures.

Ancient China has a big influence on the modern world. They had writing systems, agriculture and empires. Many historical sights are in China. They invented paper, printing, gunpowder, and the compass. They also discovered fire. Much of what is today has to do with Ancient China. Many places, things, and even buildings are related to the Ancient Chinese.

I think the ancient Chinese civilization is the only ancient face of the world that still exists and can still be seen to blend into every-day's life of China. It also still reflects in many aspects of their lives, I.E. mentality, belief, writing system, philosophy, etc.

6 Ancient India

World's oldest university takshashila (700 bce) was in india

Will Durant, American historian: "India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all".

Mark Twain, American author: "India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

Albert Einstein, American scientist: "We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."

Max ...more

Ancient india must be the first because world's first planned cities were built in india (mohenjadaro and harappa), world's first sanitation system is found in india(3000 because). World's first dockyard is found in india(3000 bce, whereas trignometry (modern sine and cosine were stated by aryabhata nearly before 1500 years and he formulated the world's first sine table ), algebra (al khwarismi whop is credited for inventing modern algebra himself has stated it is the work of arjehir-aryabhat in arabic, many india books were translated to arabic since greece was in dark age during this period)), numeral system(ancient indians developed it and aryabhata perfected it),0(0 existed before millenias in india pingala stated the binary system with 0 but aryabhata and bhramagupta completed the work on 0), binary system(pingala), astronomical models(aryabhata, bhramagupta, bhaskaracharya all stated several helio centric models, nilakantha somayaji formulated tycho brahe model nearly 3 ...more

World's oldest dam was built in India.. By our ancient engineers.. It's name is Kallanai.. India was much better before Britishers.. Even

India gave the world "0" (zero) in mathematics.

7 Persia

Persians started the worlds first largest empire which was founded by morals. Persian kings did not believe in slavery and created the first declaration of human rights. They contributed so much to our world by creating the worlds first gardens, inventing wine, alcohol for medical use, and was the main influence for mediterranean food. They invented the kabob, birthday parties, the first monotheistic religion, the first feasts, domestication of horses, backgammon, their architectural influences spread to Europe, and etc. They have a history that dates back to almost 9, 000 years!

The word Persia itself invokes the ancient world. In terms of their contribution to civilization, their ancient civilization contributed more to humanity than any ancient civilization, including human rights, law, travel, culture, architecture, governmental system, commerce, art and music.

The concept of loving the motherland in a multiracial country was started in Persia. Persian ancient patriot myths are outstanding. People from different ethnic groups who get together and scarify themselves for each other are seen in Persian stories. But regardless of these things, Persian poetry is outstanding. Just do some research about it...

Persia made a currency, had great postal service and had a tolerance of other religions

8 Aztec Empire

The Aztec empire had are among some of the most advanced native american civilizations they were particularly good in the fields of Architecture and Agriculture. Their capital city, Tenochtitlan, Had a population of approximately 200,000 and was much cleaner and healthier than most European cities of the time, also they didn't have rivers of feces running through their streets like that of London

European disease practically wiped out all the grandeur of this highly civilized society which had not reached its peak when the Spaniard invaders destroyed it. Many criticize it for its practice of human sacrifice but the truth is most countries in Europe were killing more of their own people on a statistical level. Tenochtitlan was an enormous city that stunned the Europeans when they first saw it. It had public schools, universities, hospitals, a high level of social structure, education was free, it was bigger than any European city of its time. It was filled with botanical gardens none existing in Europe. Streets were clean unlike European cities with ankle deep sewage. Aztec poetry and philosophy was even more abundant than the better know Greek productions. It is also a myth that it was European superior technology that defeated the Mexica Empire. It was disease. 95 percent of the 80 million natives people of the Americas were wiped out in a few years after the arrival of the ...more

The Spanish conquistadors destroyed what could have become one of the most incredible empires of all time, actually they did that with a few, damn them classless conquistadors!

Just imagine how amazing central america could look today...

They were actually quite bloodthirsty, Aztec priests sacrificed people nearly everyday to the gods! They had very horrible methods, like pulling out someones heart while it was still beating! Yuck!

9 Inca Empire

A culturally rich empire because assimilated many cultures, their socioeconomically and political system was very developed making the Inca empire very organize for their time. In times where in other parts of world suffered from starvation, the Incas had food reserves for the bad times making their population virtually impervious to hunger or famine. They had a tax system called the "mita" which was a labor tax system. The Inca empire covered a very large geographical area, in fact the largest in the Americas and included countries such Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. They had a very develop system of canals and aqueducts that provided with irrigation and filtered water to their population. They probably were one of a very few develop ancient civilizations that did not communicate with writing (because they did not know it) but an alternative way to store communication called the "Quipus". Their constructions are (still standing) are out fo this world.

Should be higher up! Their roads rival that of Rome's and built many famous cities today, like Machu Picchu.

Often overlooked, as most of the empire was consumed by the jungle (which is a wonder, how did they cultivate and build in the harshest jungles in the world in the first place? ). We still have much to learn from them. - JustAnAccount

Created bases for community and kindness, ingenuity and problem solving. These people cared less about wealth systems and more about their communities.

10 The Huns/Mongols

Although Mongols and Huns are considered by some to be barbaric without influential cultural artifacts etc. they should be considered VERY INFLUENTIAL in world history by the fact that they had huge impact on the forming of nowadays Great Nations (Such as China, Russia and so on. ) Also if we consider Military to be a achievement, the military of Mongols and Huns should be considered the "Tour de force" of Human kind.
And Yes they were mass killers, they threatened the So called Cultured civilizations
But it was what they did to survive with their land of harsh, the leftover lands of cold and hot. Seriously People been choosing to live in Hawaii rather than anchorage.

I like Greece. I have been there few years ago during the Christmas. It was really amazing there. Even though people were in winter clothes I was walking in only my suits. The air, the place, just amazing. And I have seen Acropolis. But for me, the place where it was built was more interesting than the temple itself. But my points is that they managed to do something that many great civilizations wanted to do but couldn't. Even though they have bad reputation but they contributed many things to human history. Also they left traces of their culture all over Eurasia. So I vote for Mongols and the Huns.

Under the rule of Attila the Hun the Barbarian group called the Huns could quickly sweep through towns in just a matter of minutes. Attila and the Huns conquered most of Europe and weakened Rome. Genghis Khan the ruler of the Mongols conquered more than twice as much land as Rome in only a few decades. Rome on the other hand took almost 1000 years to conquer only a fraction of the land the Mongols could.

The war tactics of the Mongols far surpassed the strategies of any civilization at the time.

The Contenders

11 The Spartans

Small yet mighty, no warriors in history ever did or ever will outmatch the men of Sparta. Having trained since the age of seven, their military career ended either when they reached an old enough age that they could not fight too well (most likely their mid-sixties), or it simply ended when they died. In their daily lives, they took up no other work except being soldiers everything they did was geared towards warfare, even the music they listened too. They trained every day from when the sun rose in the East to when it set in the West, and the training was the harshest known to man to this day from he youngest of ages, the boys were beaten near to death, flogged to test endurance and in most cases were killed during training. Once training was complete (after some 15 years of none-stop surviving) only then would they be given citizenship. And then there's the legacy of Leonidas and the 300 at Thermopylae which has become legend, an almost unbelievable story of courage, duty and ...more

This world was forged upon warfare, and who else to better represent the title "Best Ancient Civilization" than the greatest ancient military minded civilization? SPARTA

This is the most awesome civilization ever! Constantly striving for military excellence and their women enjoyed some of the best rights of any ancient civilization as well! I wish I could have seen what it was like!

Sparta is Greece but this is like a tribe and they were amazing they also had the greatest greek hero ever achilles

12 Ancient Macedonia

Ancient Macedonia was Greek.

Ancient Macedonia was not Ancient Greece - it was hellenistic, or an imitation of Greek culture. Alexander the Great led the Macedonian empire, and was able to claim the largest empire in history, spanning from Greece, all the way to India. If Alexander's soldiers hadn't grown tired of war, and hadn't wanted to go back to their families, Alexander would probably have been able to conquer even more.

Macedonia was greek go vote for ancient Greece instead

There is no Ancient Macedonia as a civilization, there is Ancient Greece. Great Alexander was Macedonian his father Philip the second united all ancient Greek states to one. so Macedonian and sparta are parts from Greece

13 Babylonian Empire

The birth place of the oldest hero in history, Gilgamesh. Honestly, it's the best civilization in history. They were the first to invent lots of important things which proved how smart and amazing people they were, such as the wheel, the chariot, the sailboat, the time, the map, writing, mathematics and, astronomy and astrology. It's really overwhelming to stand next to Ishtar gate and think it was built by the very hands of those creative people. It really deserves the name of The Cradle of Civilization.

First civilized civilization in recorded history.

Wow calm down Persia was inspired by Babylon and it was older plus Babylon did well without one great King

They invented so much that helped modern ideas

14 Ancient Mayan

Smartest because of their knowledge of the stars and their hieroglyphs, also their pyramids were very complex

They may have told the end of the world also they were very smart civilization it basically came up with math they also lasted for a long time I don't know how long but they stayed a civilization for a long time.

Yes the mayan people was some of the best civilization. They are consider scientists

That's not one of the top ten.

15 Ancient Turkey

Their country / land is the cradle of civilization. No one country has more different ancient citys, ruins and historical monuments from different nations than Turkey. - Xenothor

Turks have established 18 empires throughout their history, have conquered all of the known world, and the west has had to make up alternative narratives to curtail Turkish nationalism from reemerging in its greatness and dominating Middle East and Europe in the 20th century. The most significant legacy in most of Central Asia, Black Sea and Eastern Europe is of Turkish origin. The world has never known more powerful and benevolent conquerors than the Turks, and the Turks will soon rise again in their ferocious glory.

To conquer other countries, appropriation of other cultures and history, destruction of other nations can not be proud of the nation, which claims to be civilized.

Ancient Turkey oO. There is not such thing. Unless you are speaking about ancient people (greeks mostly) that lived in the country of Turkey of today.

16 Ancient Japan

Wow so surprised that Japan is so high ranked even more than Korea.
You've got all your cultures from them don't you? You've got no cultures at all before Korea brought for you. You had no proper clothes (That's why Kimono is not even sewed properly), no china... How come you can say you have "culture"?
All your culture you think that is "Japanese" are actually from China or Korea.
Even Sashimi. Korean started to eat them first. You guys are just good at fudging people.

Not very well known because of its cut-off trade system, but filled with knowledge, logic, and brilliant ideas. There were emperors, samurais and geishas. Fantastic paintings and art were created.

Japan should be higher on the list because it has more to offer. I literally looked up how is Japan the most influential civilization and this appears and what does Japan get, NUMBER 9! I think it should at least be in the top 5. So reconsider what you have done. :T

I think ancient japa is one of the most interesting civilizations, I hesitated between egypt and japan, but japan is the one that was the most honorable (in my opinion)

17 Scandinavia in Viking Times

The Norse civilization should be number 1. The Norse people were Germanic people who settled in Scandinavia they had to live in one of the hardest places to farm and back then if you had a poor crop harvest you would starve but they got past that by raiding and trading with other European settlements to get food. The Vikings were also very good explorers and sailors being the first Europeans to discover Greenland and Canada. The Vikings could also navigate with the using the stars. Also The Viking's civilization never fell like Greece, Egypt and Times did they just stopped being Vikings when they were converted into Christians.

Vikings led fleets of longships throughout Europe in a campaign to invade and ransack other civilizations to obtain there resources. The vikings also discovered America before any other easterners, but due to lack of resources and personnel, left it and returned home. People may think of vikings as mindless savages, but in reality, their civilizations produced an enormous change in technology, seafaring abilities, and many other advancements.

Should be number 1. Absolutely amazing and brutal. The most powerful civilization in their time.

Scandinavia includes Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

Not Finland they have more in common with cavemen than Scandinavians.

18 Umayyad Caliphate

Well the end of the Umayyad caliphate was that they were living like kings instead of religious leaders

One of the most great era of Muslims. They have the great scientist, philosphers, warriors, docters, tecnology of that time like manginiac. They ruled about aone thousand year at entire world.

19 Assyrian Empire

Known to have been one of the first civilizations to follow Christianity, most technologically advanced with more than one world wonder in their history

I'm learning about the Assyrian Empire in school. The Assyrians used ziggurats to worship their gods and held religious ceremonies to make food sacrifices. Note- they did not make human sacrifices- that's good!

They did invent Libraries

Very influential civilization, recent archeology shows that the hanging gardens may actually have been Assyrian not Babylonian

20 Indus Valley Civilization

Indus valley most advanced of old civilizations. I daresay better than Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Chinese, Turks, Japan, Tibet, Mongols, and even the bloody Romans. I think it is even superior to 17th century and 18th century England (Indus Valley had toilets). It should be a civilization to be remembered for all time and history.

The Indus Valley was extremely advanced with their water and sewer systems. They learned to trap the water every year during the flood and use it all year for drinking water and to water crops. They mysteriously disappeared and still no one knows what happened to them. Pretty cool.

I love this civilization. It was one of greatest civilized place.

Part of Ancient India.

21 Ancient Armenia

Should be in top 3, at least. It's older than Roman empire. The churches and ancient items and constructions revealed recently evidence that Armenia is one of oldest nations in the world and cradle of civilization...

Ancient Armenia was a rocky land of ravines, rivers, rugged cliffs, and hundreds of stone monuments and churches.

De Morgan has said there are signs which show that the Armenians, as their other Aryan relatives, were nature worshipers and that this faith in time was later changed to the worship of national gods, of which many were the equivalents of the gods in the Roman, Greek and Persian cultures. The main proto-Armenian (Aryan) god was Ar, the god of Sun, Fire and Revival.

Armenia must be in top 3! For example take a duduk the oldest armenian musical instrument with 2000 year history.

Ancient Armenia is one of the oldest civilizations on earth - with over 5000 years of history, with unique cultural heritage and language. It is an amazing country today as well!

22 Ancient Atlantis

Atlantis is the 49th state

Atlantis is real don't cha know?!?

Atlantis was the most advanced civilization EVER to exist, current included - you don't even know...

Atlantis is there what we know call Cyprus...

23 The Huns

The huns was good in hunting they were winner where when they versus ancient egypt

24 Ancient Mesopatamia

It is very civilised and had the first written language half a millenium before heiroglyphics

They have such an interesting variety of inventions because of the war

Oldest civilization

Some say they're the oldest civilization. - zxm

25 Vikings The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season.

The Minnesota Vikings are the best ancient civilization. They built amphitheaters to rival the Romans! A lot more comfortable too. Just sad they never figured out how to do gladiator fights. Maybe they don't have enough slaves. - virtuallyvirtuous

It a pirate and they usually sail steal people staff

Why is the football team's logo on here? - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Hey I'm just the one who uploaded the image for a football team not for ancient history not my fault I'm not the admin. - htoutlaws2012

Vikings created Thor one of the best avengers and Loki the sexiest villain lol

26 Songhai Empire

They defeated Mali who had 2/3 rds of the wealth of the world and sponsored over half of the world's gold. They besides Mali invented a form of knights armor indeginous to West Africa. They had knowledge in bio weapons such as poisoned weapons. Their universities saw peopleattending more than the number of people who attend New York University. They knew how planets rotated and the solar system. They had knowledge on maths from pi to everyform of geometry.

Far better than Sparta. Top 10 at least.

I bet most of you added Civilization 5 civilizations - SirSkeletorThe3rd

27 Ancient Syria

Lebanon should be above Syria

28 Ancient Israel

Probably, the only ancient civilization, which continuously exists until nowadays, keeping its religion, language, and most of territory.

Introduced free healthcare in the form of hospitals, Baghdad was once the largest city in the world, famous for astrology, mathematics (where algebra came from), and knowledge with the first public libraries. Welcomed religions from all over the world to live as one. A city ahead of its time

One of the most incredible nations in the world especially the tale of its fall and its establishment as a independent nation.

It was a great civilization by the fact that it oppressed by so many other civilizations and is doing well today.

29 Ancient Spain (Andalusia)

The country's soil is fertilized because the crops of that time are still grown today

Spain was one of the conquistadors of the world. HEHEHEHEHEHE. Its true. It had many colonies. Even near the American borders.

30 Carthage

Despite being located in an area surrounded by savage groups, Carthage managed to domesticate elephants, take over Spain, defeat the Gauls, climb Europe's highest mountains, and nearly defeat Rome under the rule of Hannibal Barca.

Hannibal was part of it plus they had a great navy and elephants and nearly defeated Rome! And Rome only one because Scipio learned tactics off Hannibal

Carthage was the strongest mediterranean civilization in termes of economy architecture military and naval navigation the port of carthage "located in tunis now" is one of the most wonderful structures ever also it's the first civilization to use showers; sewers system; heating and soap also the fisrt building to have more than one story is in carthage
Carthage was the first New York in the world

31 Mongolia Mongolia is a landlocked unitary sovereign state in East Asia. Its area is roughly equivalent with the historical territory of Outer Mongolia, and that term is sometimes used to refer to the current state.

They ran from almost France to the pacific in a window of only 20 years, epic.

Conquered one 5th of the world

They pretty much covered half of the world with there civilization.

It was a good civilization

32 Ancient France

Why is France here?

This should be #1!

France isn't a civilization its called GAUL!

France isn't a civilization at all its called GAUL!

It should be 200!

33 Ancient Lebanon

Phoenicians, from the country that was called Phoenicia, were the first people to create tone alphabet, they named "Europe", invented transparent glass, had the first human rights and freedom political regime (similar to democracy, and Byblos (a city in Lebanon) is the oldest city in the world. Enough said.

It should be in top 10 with no doubts!

I honestly think that the Phoenicians should have been in the top 10 because of the great things they have achieved. Thank you for adding it to the list

It should be at the top, we shaped this world. We invented the alphabet. Europe was name after a phoenician princess. We were the greatest traders in history.

34 Sumerian Civilization

Underrated in my opinion. Literally the oldest of all civilizations. They have the world's first known chemist and author. They also have history's first known coded laws. They also brought about street and cities layout and the wheel.

The Sumerian civilization is one of the greatest... We learn a lot from them, so please vote because it deserves to be on top 10.

Although Egyptian history is older researching the civilization that created a written language gives us deeper incite to Egyptian history as well as digging into the stories of the the bible.

Oldest civilization! or so my school taught us

35 Ethiopia Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.

Axum civilization is one of the biggest and very known ancient civilizations in the world, why the rank is 48th of the most, It has to be one of the top 4 civilizations.

Ethiopia was never ever colonized by a European power or anybody else. Only invaded by one. But existing for thousands of years and not being invaded is way cool.

We're's Ethiopia? You basically listed the most famous countries.

I agree! Ethiopia is a great civilization!

36 Ancient Australia (Aboriginal)

The language spoken is a natural vibration for the universe. How calm are people when they hear the Yidiki (didgeridoo). Why have they found a piece of DNA that’s not from this world. Many questions

The Indigenous Australians produced beautiful artworks and had a much better understanding of Australia than the white settlers. They were able to use basic tools for complex situations, such as navigation, hunting and warfare

Great peoples, not really a Civilization though

My Country

37 Armenian Empire

If one looks back in ancient history, one would find that Armenia was a kingdom which encompassed most of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria among others. That gentleman was right, it's much older than France. A. Vosnian.

Ancient Turkey, France... Are you kidding me?
Armenian is much older from these civilizations! - vahaghakobyan

Yerevan the oldest capital in the world

You don't know anything about Armenia,you are just empty.Armenia is more ancient than very very countryes you have written...

38 Ancient Pakistan

IT was great civilization of Pakistan. this civilization had all characteristics of civilization like sense of value, reason, creativity, politeness and individualism. this civilization is the example of Androgymy.

Lol... Civilization of Pakistan... Ha ha ha.. Pakistan came into existence after 1947 and prior to this, it was known as part of India.

Coolest civilization It had the hardest to learn writing and no one knows what they wrote

It was in India. So it is included in India

Who uses cool to describe a civilization? First of all, they were anything but that.

39 Ancient Carthage

This should be number 1 in Africa, Carthage is situated in the coast of North Africa, in what is now Tunisia. It developed into a significant trading empire throughout the Mediterranean, and was seen as home to a wealthy and brilliant civilization. After a long conflict with the emerging civilisation of Ancient Rome, known as the Punic Wars, during which advantage shifted from one side to the other and Hannibal conducted a campaign in Italy after first crossing the Alps

The tactical genius of Hannibal still studied in our time.

Best Civilization Ever it should be number 1

The entire country (Tunisia) should be ranked high amongst ancient civilizations. There is not a single place that you my visit in Tunisia that doesn’t boast of some historical heritage.

40 Ancient Korea

YEAH! When there wasn't a stupid cult country with some leader called Kim. Everyone in the north of the country probably had more human rights.


Everyone! 1 Think of Gangnam Style and Gentleman!

Also, Korean history is long with many conflicts with the Chinese, and the Korean were able to defeat China and Japan!

It grew up to have the fastest internet in the world GO Korea!

The complex history between the 3 kingdoms was interesting an important to the future of Korea. Baekje, Gorgoryeo, and Silla were important, and well as the achievements of the Goryeo dynasty.

41 Roman Republic

Like the Roman Empire and all of its accomplishments, but way better because of the freedom its citizens and allies enjoyed. The Roman Republic was all about liberty and were very isolationist at heart but by policy, were protectorates of its allies. Most people believed that the Empire and the Republic were the same warmongering states but they would be wrong. For example, the Greeks attacked, asked for aid and were extremely ungrateful to the Romans. The Romans defeated the armies of Pyrrus, Antiochus, Philip and many others who threatened the security of the Romans or the Greeks. After beating down the enemy, Rome allowed them to live and offered friendship and freedom. 5 times they declared all conquered Greeks cities free! And did not demand any compensation for the hard fought wars the Romans fought in. Would War mongers do this? No. Its because the Roman Republic was an Empire of Trust (Thomas F. Madden) not of Conquest! That is why the Roman Republic is the greatest ...more

For hal a Milaniom this war machine had the most professional army of its time.

I like cats


42 Minoan Civilization

The Minoans had a very advanced civilization for their time. Lavish palaces with the first flush toilets, plumbing very similar to our own and sewer systems in the streets. Advanced art. Advanced commerce. Many historians say they were atlantis as their island was destroyed by an eruption followed by a tsunami.

You are just supporting the greeks that is why you are down at 38 and they are at #2 which should be #1.

The Minoans were the smartest early civilization in the world


43 Ancient Mesoamerica
44 Ancient Illyria

Than why is it #43? If Ancient Illyria is so great? It is older than the actual greek civilization, present proof, than I will be interested?

They've had quite the wise leaders such as Agron, Teuta, etc. They were strong warriors according to several reliable websites. They are also quite mysterious due to some lack of discoveries about them which makes them even more interesting.

Reliable websites? The most reliable is if you are there, which you clearly weren't.

Smh they're 50th? They should be damn higher! they're one of the oldest if not the oldest civilization in Europe. They are still alive today, Albania

45 Kush Empire

Invented anti biotics. Defeated Egypt and Assyria. Improved the battle ram and siege techniques. They were literally the best archers in history. Resisted Persia and Rome as well as the Muslim Empires. Improved geometry. They are identified as ancestors of Ancient Egypt.

Gender equality, started the iron age and inspired Egypt who inspired Greece who inspired Rome and the rest is history

Why is it 50? I'm disappointed

46 Jerusalem in BC

The golden dome of dome of the rock is a landmark in the modern day city of Jerusalem

The dome of gold is the best dome I have ever seen

Me and Jerusalem go way way back. We're like brothers. It should definitely be the best

I think Jerusalem needs to be number 1 mate

47 The Muslims

The Muslims conquered North Africa, the Middle East, and even parts of Europe. An unstoppable fighting force that threatened the West and defended their cities well during the Crusades.

They started the crusades, do you know how many people died?

They should not be at the bottom of the list, and Muslims had many empires not just one, and Islam is the religion that Muslims around the world follow. " The Muslim empire is not a real thing, it would be called Ummayad or Abbassid Caliphate. These are two different empires but both of them had a Muslim majority.

You people always bring in your religion
your civilisation never existed
but yes... you destroyed many of civilisations

48 Islamic Golden Age

In many documents it states that Islam took many ideas and tried and again I repeat tried to translate the works of ancient greeks. But when they did they copied them and used them to fix their own empire. The also used the idea, Baghdad wad basically filled with greek designs. Why is it s golden age if they didn't create anything. Oh, yeah a golden age is when a empire is better than it used to be. It doesn't nesiccarily say anything bout their own ideas.

If you take out Islam from it. It's one of the best ancient civilization.

There was no sharia law at all until 12th century! Shame on new Islam World!
They studied Evolution!

The following is from Wikipedia.
They invented some formulas for: Algebra, Algorithm(Heavily used in programming and engineering), Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Scientific method, Physics, Astronomy, Optics, Chemistry, Evolution..etc

Amazing Architecture, Art..etc

49 Dacians

The Dacians had 3 wars with the Roman Empire and the Romans only conquered 15% of Dacia plus Dacia only lost 1 war ONLY 1

Why are they on 60? They should be in top 20

They should be in top 10

They should on the top 3

50 Ancient Ireland

Ireland has Newgrange older that pyramids and Stonehenge. Irish is the oldest language north of the alps.

Ireland history is the best

Simply one of the oldest and most fascinating cultures there is. the pyramids were as old to the romans as the romans are to us. New grange is as old to the pyramids as the pyramids were to the romans.

Best of them all. End of story.

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