Best Historical Periods

Humans have been on Earth for 250,000 years. What was the best and most interesting historical period?

The Top Ten

1 Renaissance

Absolutely my favorite era in the history of mankind, with the Industrial Revolution at a close second. It lead us out of the Middle Ages and into the modern era. It's name means "Rebirth" after, all. Can't go wrong with that. It was the "Age of Enlightenment", when artists, mathematicians, physicians, and architects all thrived with creativity and ingenuity. Polymaths such as Leonardo the Vinci, William Shakespeare, Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Christopher Columbus and many more paved the paths that would lead us to the innovations we interact with today, as well as many of the cultures that surround us.

It was at this time when modern diplomacy began to develop, science and observation advanced in numerous ways, humanism started to dominate education and religion, music became a universal language, art blossomed into a variety of beautiful techniques, ideas became the gateways to modern invention and practice, and overall acted as a beacon that spread a ...more

Assassin's creed 2 and assassin's creed brotherhood tell you all you need to know about it

If this includes the winged hussars than it gets a vote from me

It is awesome

2 Ancient Greece/Rome

Ancient Greece and Rome were one of several classical periods of world history. Both provided substantial logic such as those of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Democritus, etc. Such vast amounts of knowledge and social organization booming during this period! It's a great time period in my opinion.

One reason: Rome Total War

I think that it is interesting topic

Things were so great back then... all the knowledge, mythology, architecture... it's like stepping into a whole new world.

3 Middle Ages

The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England.
Pretend you are not in this century.

The Middle Ages was definitely an interesting time period (I seriously would love to go to a Medieval inn) to learn about (the music also sounds cool), but not really the best because of wars like the Crusades and Hundred Years War (this was the war where guns and cannons were invented), gender inequality (women had no power in Medieval society), and where religion justifies actions. - PhoenixAura81

Middle Ages is overrated. I don't want my limbs to get sawed right off or get my finger smashed between rocks - TeamRocket747

Yeah and knights are just people in suits who act like modern day soldiers - TeamRocket747

The Middle Ages is so exciting! Dungeons, dragons, knights and castles! The period is so diverse

4 Roman Empire

This is a cool time period

Back to the gladiators and emperors period

I'm 91 and was never taught about this in school. 😳

5 Ancient Egypt

The time of Ancient Egypt was one of the best in human history. So many innovations in science, maths, architecture etc. It was because of Egypt's timeline that Greece and Rome rose into power so show some respect. After all it will be fun to see the Pyramids which were the tallest structures in this timeline all they way to the Middle Ages.

With all the pyramids and pharaohs and mummies and stuff, you know it's gotta be good.

it good

So mysterious, and the religion at the time was so mixed and matched, and the sense of superiority was just crazy. Got to love the Egyptians.

6 The Roaring 20's

The 1920s were generally a decade of empowerment. A war had just been ended; the troops had been dismissed. In New York, there was the Harlem Renaissance, and African Americans were having a chance to have voices in this world, to create art and have a community of art and inspiration surrounding them. Women everywhere in the US were starting to feel their power and know they could make an impact on the world. Women had just gotten their right to vote! This is also one of the few time periods when breasts weren't considered the epitomy of sexiness. Flappers are great in general--the clothing, the music, the Charleston! The 1920s were exciting! Prohobition was alive and well, with assymetrical sometimes-villains: did you know Al Capone opened up a soup kitchen? People were having fun! This is a decade of great culture.

It was fun and all.
Until the stock market crashed and the Great Depression started.

One of the best time periods in US history because the economy was booming (also right after World War l), new things were made (radio, cinema, jazz, flappers), and it was just a great time to live in, until October of 1929 where the stock market crash (billions of dollars just VANISHED) and the Great Depression followed for the next decade, then World War ll happened. - PhoenixAura81

The Roaring 20's would have to be my favorite time period. Modern America was born and many inspiring new ideas started. African Americans were given the chance to express themselves by singing and reciting poetry. Music was transformed and the community became full of art and inspiration. It was a peaceful time period and my favorite part would have to be the fashion. Women wore flapper dresses while men wore old style tuxes and bowties. Dancing was a fun form of entertainment and it helped open new doors for future decades. I honestly believe the 1920's was the best time period and I would love to go back in time to live there!

7 Age of Discovery

Many great explorers like Hudson and Cabot. Columbus really sucked though. - Thisgoronsonfire

Hey it's jeff from the overwatch team here to discuss a new developper update

8 Byzantine Empire

The first giant hub for Christianity, Justinian I was a cool ruler, and over 70 languages were spoken in the empire!

love it!

Betrayals, alliances and big ethical questions. Just like in our time, I guess.

The time of the greatest philosophers

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9 World War I

Also technically includes the Russian Revolution.

Nah it sucks - TeamRocket747

Great time in History, very good for learning stuff and there's so much to learn about G.R.E.A.T

The future before the future. World War 1 was best known in it's time for introducing new technology and tactics in war. They would end up inventing deadly chemicals as well as trenches.

10 Islamic Golden Age


A that was the spread of slavery absorbing the interlectul traditions of the countries Islam invaded bringing it backwards to the six century. Meeting the false prophet Muhammad would be the worse thing because he was a warlord, a rapist and a murderer

Meeting the prophet Mohammed-PUBH- would be the best thing!

The era of science, mass translations and humanity throughout the world but mainly focused in Baghdad and Spain.


The Contenders

11 Golden Age of Piracy

Cutthroats, naval warfare, treacherous waters, unexplored islands, riches, and adventure... Yep. That just about does it.

One Piece

Such an interesting period! Not enough written about it.

I want to be a founder of an island

12 The Digital Era

We have nigh infinite knowledge at a few pushes of keys. - Cyri

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift; that's why we call it the present.

The Digital ERA made the way for technology to grow in Earth. We are able to talk to people from thousands of miles away, also, we have new ways to think of society and new governmental systems.

Yep, new technologies such as computers, cell phones and everyone had one! - JoeBoi

13 Wild West

When you think of the Wild West you think of good old cowboys shooting and robbing everyone. But it was so much more it was the turning point for North America people were moving west in search for land. It was a semi peaceful time until the civil war and then the Spanish American war and the phillipino war... rather water devolved a lot from this period since most that moved were new landers from England or Spain they had to learn hunting and fishing. Giving us a lot of knowledge and not only this but it was a time when America was still truly beautiful (naturally I mean)

I'm Texan and Yeehaw - TeamRocket747

Probably the most fascinating time in history. Actually, it definitely is.

The best simple way of life and to do whatever you want

14 19th Century Britain

Very interesting period to study. Clothes looked cool but were probably uncomfortable to wear. Factories opened, and there was an increase in production, but children were worked all day long to produce things. There were breakthroughs in many areas and new laws. Etiquette rules were very strict.

19th century Britain is the essence of colonialism. The colonization of Africa, Britain's world affairs which affected the entire world. It was also the industrial period, where the entire world changed forever with the invention of machines.

Industrial Revolution, great scientists and philosophers, very interesting culture and way of life... Go ENGLAND!

If this did not happen we would still be in the 18th century so yes this was important

15 Ancient China

I love their clothes. especially women's. The music and makeup style are also interesting!

Stunning culture and a time that I so wish I could live in.

The Ancient China time period is awesome! The architecture is amazing!

16 Mexican Revolution

Heh heh, which one? - Stalin

Such an interesting topic!

Lol what even happened there

What the heck I also hate this

17 Sengoku Period

Help I'm being hunted I need help I tried to call the cops its not working I don't think he knowsd qweee

Mind telling me what this is about?

A betrayal, epic battles, Samuria and Ninja!

Seems legit

18 Vietnam War

Very very good

I'm having flash backs

My grandpa went there.

The most happening time period ever

19 Viking Age

Very complex times for England. No one could stop and they have traveled almost the whole world trading and settling.

A little bias, really into the T.V. show rn.

When the Norse would raid the wintry shores of England, looting and pillaging with their warbands!

Fighting!,! ��"🛡�� - �

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20 Baroque and Rococo Era

The best era, with best fashion, best art, best architecture. - TopTenTed

21 The 1970s

The time of when crazy people existed Like mE!

Brilliant best for music adventure and girls

The birth of my parents and the true start of video games both happened in the 70s.

My best friend from high school was Mary Jane

22 Ancient Greece

I found this in my kitchen. - Cyri

slept on

23 Hellenistic Period

Alexander the Great’s empire. Great combination of cultures, particularly in Alexandria, Egypt, which housed the first lighthouse (tallest structure in the world at the time), museum, library, and zoo (I think). - PhoenixAura81

24 World War II

What? This was awful! - Cyri

I wanna be a communist daddy

Has some of the most interesting dark personalities in history and variations of evil

Shows how state brainwashing can occur

Shows some of best tactical and technological developments e.g tanks 1915

So amazing to study, much like ancient Rome and Greece, and of course the Middle Ages. - Stalin

25 Stone Age

It was so much harder for us, though. - Cyri

The true human experience

I wish that humans kept living like this, and the only thing that would change would be better medicine. We lived more natural and where way better to the environment. We where stronger. People ate better, too.

SammySpore literally everything you just stated existed back then

26 Age of Enlightenment

Not only did it have so many great philosophy, also great art and paintings. - TopTenTed

It had many early modern philosophers such as Voltaire and Nietzsche - ethanmeinster

Actually pretty amazing. a lot of think happened.

27 2000s

Back when people got along and there wasn't so much political division a much simpler time I wish we could go back

Why do people always say The early 2000s.
The early 2000s had 9/11.
I'd just stick to the whole decade before the whine about decades 2010s, 2020s, 2030s and after.

Technology is dope.


28 Aztec Period

Sacrificing and then eating your enemies would be great.


Learned about it sounds great

29 The Eighties

The greatest dress sense of all time

Amazing entertainment, great fashion, some of the greatest music ever, great presidence with Ronald Reagan, and the last decade of the Cold War, which ended in 1990. - PhoenixAura81

The decade Margret Thatcher ruined Britain by shutting down the coal mines and increased unemployment as a result. - jezza0

WOO! Welcome to the good life! Sweet music and styles, awesome trends and epicness everywhere! People have nostalgia for the eighties for a reason.

30 Napoleonic Era

My favourite military genius

Nappy my mAN

YAS QUEEN! Napoleon is awesome. His quotes are so inspiring. Here is an example of one of his quotes:

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake"


31 Prohibition Era

Back when gangsters were all the rage especially the Italian-American Mafia. - jezza0

I like beer

32 The Fifties

The Hollywood Blacklist, communism, sexism, racism, National Service, rationing, the Cold War and crappy movies. Hardly things that make a good time period. - mcvito

Sexism, racism, the cold war, and polio were bad but the rest is great if you can deal with those things!

For the first time ever, it seemed that the human race could end because of war.

What the hell is wrong with you guys, quite clearly the 50's would be the best time to visit America!

33 Jurassic Age

Chris pratt, I mean come on

I love dinosaurs

Hell yeah, dinosaurs

What the...

34 French Revolution

I'm doing a project on it maybe

Oh no
Here goes the reign of terror


Marie Antoinette was so #TeamBi

35 The Future

Can't speak about it as fact yet. We can only speculate. - Cyri

I don't want to think about it, people will still be whining complaining about everything. Entertainment usually.

This should be at number 1 because there is so much to discover and reveal everyday. You have something to look forward to. The updates in technology is rising, new life findings on Mars. Hover boards likely way to get to school and work. Renewable energy resources could be starting and making the environment clean,healthy for wildlife. Hopes for pollution percents to go down so less marine life extinction is not happening again. Hopes for the homeless and unemployment rates to go down so more people are having homes and good paying jobs. Hopes for the fossil fuel companies not taking over.

I totally want to see the future. I would totally love to see cities in the future with the most advanced technology. - PhoenixAura81

36 Mayan Empire

One of the most mysterious periods, also interesting and probably the biggest empire in the world then!

37 Feudal Japan

Back when the samurai and shinobi fought to gain control of Japan.

Interesting period of time although it is kind of in the time period of the Middle ages but whatever

More than those factions there so many it would take many spaces to type it out and this was a bad point in history

38 The Nineties

This was the time when friendship was actually a cool thing, nowadays it's just everybody walking around in full face coverage and kim kardashian clothes rip-offs, and selfies...

Wo! Nirvana baby! Grunge will never die!

In Britain we had Britpop and Noel's House Party

The nineties ended in style by everyone surviving Y2K.

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39 The Sixties

The fifties and seventies rank higher? The sixties were the peak of the second Renaissance. We see an explosion in art, science and technology. Parents and kids weren't happy then. Ever heard of the generation gap? The Beatles were great but how about mentioning maned space travel to the moon?

The Beatles made this my favorite time period! Especially how happy kids and parents were back then!

Audrey hepburn and the beatles

60s were too cheesy. - AlphaQ

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40 Regency Era
41 Carthaginian Empire

Well, they were conquered by Rome. - PhoenixAura81

Um Punic wars anyone
What more can u want from history

42 American Revolutionary War



Favorite period in history for the battles and birth of a new nation

It's just amazing. So monumental.

43 Victorian Era

The most interesting era when it comes to history, fashion, lifestyle or basically anything. - XxembermasterxX

The beginning of the Victorian era wasn't great, no electricity, child slavery (child workhouses), But at the end of the Victorian Era At least there was a reform of child "work" houses, bit by bit, Parliament looked into it and the hours were reduced eventually leading to children no longer being in the work place and going to school where kids belong.

The more humble you were, the higher your class was...Dark and aristocratic...

44 Triassic Period

When the dinosaurs first evolved. - Cyri

I didn't mean to click how do I go back I don't even know what trassic is

45 1980s

I was born in the 80's, and you can tell from its music that it was a smooth joyful period


46 Russian Revolution

It showed that communism is the best
Screw capitalist pigs

Showed the power of the people and optimism, and sadly the true natural nature of humans on the negative side absolute power... corrupts absolutely as they say.
Fascinating experiment with communism, fascinating way of fighting for control within the system, for as different as it is to us now, like feudal systems are fascinating for the same reason

47 Golden Age of Animation

No not the 90s, that nostalgia age of animation. Its 50s-70s that is the Golden Age of Animation.

One word; Bartmania also known as Simpsonsmania - mcvito

That's the 1990s.

The Simpsons, King of the Hill, South Park and the rise of Pixar.

48 Boer War

Not Canadian. South Africa.

Wait... isn't this a canadian thing? thanks Homie G!

49 The Romantic Era (1800-1850)

Containing the French Revolution, and backed by some of the greatest artists and composers that ever lived, it makes for a dazzling display of art and culture. - higgsboson2142

50 Cretaceous Period

I would go there around 5,000 years before the asteroid that killed off non-avian dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and (most) marine reptiles (except turtles) hit Earth, So I will get to see lots of live dinos flourishing around me, and maybe bring back some small dinosaurs (Troodonts, Oviraptorids, etc) into modern times and have them adjust to modern oxygen levels, after a while, maybe releasing them to a modern ecosystem and hopefully thrive and adapt to deal with predation and competition from modern mammals, as well as adapting to deal with egg-eaters such as rats and pigs. - DinoLover4242

What the hey! it should at least be in the top 5

About 65 million years ago when Dinosaurs roamed the earth;P

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