Top 10 Greatest Empires

The Top Ten

British Colonial Empire

It was mostly a economic empire that was built on great (money, profit and black mail) that mad it a lot more powerful, so it could grow bigger, it is currently still the biggest empire to have ever lived. It was ruling 1/3 of the land and people, if it was not for the Nazi empire its likely it would still be around today and be even bigger than what it was. Nazi empire made empires to be identified as imperial and bad, by the end of ww2 and the end of Nazi empire the British empire lost its money (it was brock), needed to re-build and the British public felt like the British empire was all bad and needed to be tacking down (from the inside out). However it was not just public demand but knowing the British money problem could get worse, the empire die because the most powerful in the British empire did not want it to all end in violence and did leave peacefully as it desalinized itself. Some places still wanted to stay colones even today but British pubic did not want an empire so ...more

Well it has been named and still is the biggest empire that lived with a 1/3 of the land and people under the British flag, and it was not just a superpower it surpass that and became a hyper nation (no Equuleus power) with the extra bones for it staid this powerful for several centres/era's E. G Victorian era, the industrial era and goes would have not started if it was not for the roman empire to even when it fall in the 20th center, but unlike most it was more controlled and peaceful breakaway that made a common wealth union that is still around today leaving its mark not just in the past but its heritage now days too. Pule I found out and this if fact The British Empire was the most freedom empire that is currently found in world history, the only law was that you had to stay British E.G. declaring war/independents, betraying the British flag or rejecting the British nationality basically going against being British and well back in those days if your not British then your apart ...more

Roman Empire is the Motherland of 4 Colonial Superpower's: Portugal, Spain, France & England.

The largest empire in the world and easily one of the most influential (with the notable exception of the roman empire) and THE most powerful empire of its time. Things like Britannia Rules The Waves exist for a reason. The British Empire is the reason why the most of the world speak English and without the British Empire the industrial revolution won't happen and things like sewing machines, super dreadnought type battleships eg. HMS Dreadnought (super dreadnoughts refers to battleships following jackie fisher's battleship design with superior speed, armor and firepower). Even aircraft carrier designs are based on the carriers of the British Empire like how american carriers were based on HMS Ark Royal( the one that doomed the Bismarck ) as well as the angled fight deck design used in modified essex class carrier and even the nimitz and ford class supercarriers. Without the British Empire, WWII would have been lost as without the UK as a staging ground operation neptune would not ...more

Roman Empire

The Romans were truly superior to any of the other civilizations listed here. Out of all of the civilizations listed here, the Romans spread their dominance the most, lasting 2000 something years without an major outside empire taking them out.

For their time, they were extremely advanced. This is something that most people here fail to remember. Why the people of the Germanic tribes and Brits were living in huts, and the Chinese and Japanese in Asia were living in houses made out of wood and partly of paper, and tile-roofed, the glorious Romans were living in architectural marvels.

All of the empires that succeeded the Roman Empire wouldn't have been possible if the Roman Empire hadn't fallen.

The mighty Roman Empire is definite the best empire of all time. It inspired all the other western empires on this list and its effects are still felt today. They had running water in their cities hundreds of years before London became the first to have it too in the 1800s They even had a makeshift steam engine long before the Industrial Revolution. They also last more than millennium and inspired all Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian). It's fall also kick started the age of discovery in which Columbus reached America.

By far the most influential empire of all time. Also, the Roman Empire, for the most part, was very tolerant of other religions, customs, and traditions. No other empire in history has been studied, and emulated as much as Rome. Every empire since has followed in its footprints, taking lessons from its spectacular rise to its turbulent downfall. No other empire built up its provinces the way Rome did. At its peak, Rome was probably the most stable empire of all time. And it's the only empire whose fall came about, at least partly, by peoples who, instead of wanting to bring about the fall of the empire, wanted to join in its success.

British Empire may have been the biggest, but bigger is not necessarily better. The Roman empire was prosperous, it was sophisticated and considering the time in which the empire was forged, while us Brits were living in caves and mud shacks these people had tactics, they had democracy, they had order. To be able to emerge from a single city state to ruling Northern Africa to the border of Scotland is a magnificent triumph and this is why this was the greatest empire to have ever existed.

Ottoman Empire

Ottoman empire had lands in europe, africa, asia and arab peninsula. The emperors conquered Istanbul (Constantinople), Jerusalem, izmir(smyrna) and many more important cities. The emperors always treated well to minorities and managed to keep things peacefully. Now there are 64 countries established on former ottoman lands.28 of them are in europe, 14 in asia, 22 in africa.

They rule the World's Capital (Istanbul), The birthplace of Europe (Athens), The Christian & Jew Capital (Jerusalem), The Islamic Capital (Mecca) , and the cradle of civilization (Mesopotamia)

Not to sound too religious, but it brought peace, philosophy, technologies and colorful tradition to its highest peak to places where it once ruled. Same goes to the Ummayads, Mughals and abbasid's empire. They didn't brutalize people for their religion or cultural differences such as nazi's and the romans. They brought vast development to cities in europe where the rest of it was suffering from the dark ages. And the most unique of all was the intolerance between religions was exceptional in their empire. That's what Islam teaches.

Direct and acknowledged continuation of the roman empire, lasting more than half a millennium, from central europe to deep into asia, from caucasus mountains to deep into african continent, centralised and obsessed with data management, a precursor of soviet state planning and modern multicultural, multiple legal systems coexisting, first regular full-time army, first special forces, laws above rulers, public good precedes royal family with necessary execution of potential pretenders, no aristocracy but pure meritocracy:

10/10 longevity
10/10 size
10/10 variety of subjects
9/10 supremacy of law
9/10 power
8/10 culture
7/10 trade
5/10 science

Mongolian Empire

They had an overpowered military

They had a unique culture

They allowed religious freedom

No other civilization in history saw as much success in combat as the Mongols. They are the greatest military force the world has ever seen. If you change the outcome of just one or two events they literally would have conquered the entire civilized world. No other civilization has had such a massive impact on the world in such a short period of time.

After the Mongolian empire take over Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, North Korea, and China they want to take over Vietnam so they have a fight but Vietnam beat them

Wow! This comment is great, except for the fact that they didn't take over Japan or Taiwan, and they didn't care about South Asia, and didn't attack Vietnam in the first place! - rankist

The largest empire besides the British, plus it is the largest contiguous empire, plus it kicked almost every empire's butt

Persian Empire

WTF!
did you know? Persian empire is the biggest empire in the history!
just search "Achaemenid Empire" to reading about this
and the next Persian big empire is "Sassanid" empire
Persian people had all of the middle east(or more)for the about 2500 years
and just one thing (( Iranian(Persian) people don't want islamic republic NEVER! they just want republic..
and now islamic republic is really dictator for iranian

Ya. I am agree with you there are many eventual evidence that the PERSIAN (IRANIAN) empire was, is and will be the biggest empire of the world. The border was from INDIA to EGYPT. That was a big continent

You have no idea how large and powerful as well as culturally diverse this empire was. The only force that could stop this vast empire was the Mongolian army and the Islamic Arab Army during the Islamic Conquest of Persia COMBINED! Had one of those armies stood back the Persian empire could still be standing strong right now.

The greatest and most tolerant Empire EVER to exist. No king like Cyrus the Great.
Iran must get rid of that fake Islamic rule and claim their historic and cultural heritage back.

Spanish Colonial Empire

The 4th biggest empire, behind the British, Mongols and the Russians. While it doesn't have a legacy close to the Roman Empire or the British Empire. It did hold a large influence in the New World as we know it. They weren't the first European in the New World, but they were the ones that made everyone in Europe aware of the existence of a new continent (meanwhile, the vikings thought they were somewhere in Greenland). There wouldn't have been global empires the way we know it without the Spanish and the Portuguese empires.

How is the Spanish Colonial Empire behind France Colonial Empire Spain was the first to claim land if it wasn't for the Spanish it could have taken the New World a long time to be found and one thing like this could change another thing. Spread Catholicism and was a World Power until it influenced the French and English to do the same thing.

Alright clearly this goes by nationality, this is all wrong guys. The French empire was not even comparable to the Russian, british or Spanish empire! It was one of the least influencial empires seen in Europe, even the portuguese have considerably larger and more useful empire than France ever did. The Spanish Empire started the whole colony system guys, and the superpower of Europe from the 1500-1700 with nearly undefeated armies during that time. It is extremely underrated in my opinion, mainly by people who just do not want to recognize for the strength it posed (immature). Anyways it deserves to be at least in the top 6 guys, go Google about it a while guys and discover the roots of over sea empires. Hope I didn't sound like an ass but it is true guys, it was extremely powerful and has had a huge impact in the whole world like the result lf the 30 year war or the ear of jenkins war.
PS: The French empire was puny, I don't see how it made it up there guys, really.

They were at their peak at 16th and 17th centuries. colonized all south America exept brazil.

French Colonial Empire

Napoleon threw the country away when he attacked Russia though

although they like always lost to britain they had signifacant amount of land to be on this list.

Napoleon is the true god emperor

Fapoleon was one of the best leaders of this empire.

Russian Empire

From the Baltic to the bearing sea from Asia to the plains of Europe the Russian Empire was vast and mighty it was only from the incompetence of her leaders and bad luck that she should fall.

The Socialist democratic is better than the communist version.

The Russian empire was great and it was a oppressive nation. Perhaps lenin was right but I think the Tsars of Russia were the true heros in Russian history.

Russia produced amazing literature, showing its culture. Russia was and is one of the largest nations on earth, and the elite of the Romanov dynasty had unimaginable wealth.

Soviet Union

20th century communist superpower with lots of land. In 1945 it raided Berlin and ended WWII in europe. After WWII it created many important technologies such as AK47 which revolutionized assult rifles, the sattelite, and send the first man to ever be in space Yuri Gagarin and it also started building nuclear arms which made it a superpower.

The first and only empire ruled through dictatorship of the proletariat! The working man was emperor here. Very glorious.

Even though I hate communism, the Soviet Union was the first to practice the system.

Seriously, this country (half my country) made Hitler murder himself so please vote for this

Modern US

The US does have a global presence like no other, but it's really not an empire. Awesome country though!

This is the worst country ever. We elected Bush! He sucked. We got lucky that the Soviets didn't blow us to the stone age

Comments here are pathetic and ignorant, though perhaps to be expected from the 12 year olds who are most of the membership.

You can argue about America's moral status all day.. What you cannot deny is the US is an incredibly powerful nation both militarily and economically. The US has obtained a level of unchallenged power that maybe no one has ever had before.

The Contenders

Macedonian Empire

Macedonia was Hellenistic, but not Greek, they literally were looked down on as savages by the Greek City states... Until Phillip II and Alexander."

Who can deny the his highness

Macedonia is not Greek. But it s nice to know some people know that.

He was the real great

Egyptian Empire

There were many innovations courtesy of the Egyptian empire. From inventing the world's first ships and navy to science, maths, architecture, medicine, pyramids, engineering and many many more. Many civilizations around the world hired Egyptian physicians and teachers and most of these civilizations would send their princes to schools in Egypt. Egyptian empire was vast at that time. Heck, the Mesopotamians were even liable to the Egyptian empire in the form of treaties. These jet black Africans created the best empire at its time. The architecture of Egypt was widely copied and the empire had its captals being the largest in the world at that time.

Oldest empire on earth. Oldest depiction of military training. Oldest known peace treaty. Invented forts and castles. Oldest record of a battle. Largest empire at its time. Invented the navy and warships. They survived the earliest recorded ambush. Oldest iron daggers. Thutmose had over 350 cities captured. Capitals of the empire, Thebes and Pi Ramesses were the largest cities on earth at that time. Need I say more.

To say the least -- it lasted for thousands of years - invented engineering, math, and religions. You may argue all you want.

The pyramids. Need I say more?

Ming Dynasty
First French Empire

This empire, set up by Napoleon Bonaparte has conquered powerful countries all over Europe: Prussia, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and the Italian peninsula! It was ruled by an Emperor, only one, Napoleon. Unlike say the Romans, who conquered barbarians, Napoleonic France conquered powerful countries (but not Great Britain). It also invited allies such as Denmark-Norway, the Ottoman Empire and for a point in time, Russia, Sweden, Prussia, Austria, Persia, Spain and the US.

Napoleon Simply started small from captain to General dictator to emperor. France had a huge army and even conquered quite a bit of russia and took moscow for like a day. This was Frances greatest period

Fapoleon is the best leader ever!

American Empire

The american empire had a world economic influence a global military bases and a great influence in the United nations for that it means the world to me 100%world influence

I Have Never Heard Of It

The american empire means the world!

I wish it existed

Mughal Empire

The Mughal Empire was an Islamic Empire that had the greatest territorial rule over India, ruling over today’s Pakistan, Afghanistan and most of Subcontinental India, then known as Hindustan, between 1526 and 1707. The Empire was founded by its first leader, the Timurid leader Babur in 1526 when he defeated Ibrahim Lodi, the last of the Delhi Sultans at the first battle of Panipat. The word“Mughal” is the Persian word for“Mongol” The Mughal Empire was an Islamic Religious Empire.

Tang Dynasty

The most influential period in Chinese civilization when tons of scholars from Japan, Tibet and Korea came and adopt the Chinese characters and architecture.

Chinese dynasties are underrated, the Tang at its peak covered over 10 million km squared, one of the largest empires in history.

Qing Dynasty China

Japan would smash China with some great American in it

All hail the motherland, ching chong ching chong.

Qing dynasty is a empire that covered the whole of China, partly of Vietnam, Laos, Russia, Mongolia, kygrystan and India.
China is the best warfighter country in Asia (better than Japan) it won that much land starting from only the city peking.

Widescreen eyes

Byzantine Empire

Should be higher than Nazi empire.

Tried to rebuild the Roman Empire. But failed.

Removed Kebab when no one else would

Constantinoupole the greatest city

Yuan Dynasty, China

Successor of da Mongols. I like.

Indian Empire

Probably means Mughal Empire or Delhi Sultanate, or maybe some ancient empires. 'Indian Empire' is extremely vague. lol

What I find ironic is that Indians moan the the Brits killed and stole. But India had lots of empires that did the same! Hypocrites.

Great empire, most advanced than any other civilizations at its peak be it social structure, education, prosperity

The Indian Empire acquired some land and they were pretty rich until the British Came

Second French Colonial Empire
Han Dynasty

If you're familiar with not only the world history but also Chinese history, you'll agree with that Han Dynasty has the most overwhelming dominance position ever in the world while powerful Rome Empire during the same period is totally unmatched.

Put the Han dynasty against Rome and it will easily destroy it and enslave their empire even though slavery was illegal in China.

They have the most skillful man and have many smart people living in that time.

It is the strongest dynasty in China.

Japanese Empire

Japan was the most powerful country in Asia after the Meiji Revolution. To avoid becoming a colony, they created an Empire that includes most of the countries in Eastern and South-east Asia. No country could defeat in during the second world war until America came along.

It began in 1946 or anywhere in WWII destroying Korea then the Japanese empire started the same way I asked at the beginning.

Part Japanese and proud (50%)
So, I can be a sushi ninja too mom!

Fear the power of the great Japanese Empire, no one gives them enough credit for their power, I mean, the US isn’t and has never been an empire, so why is it even ON here?!

They were really evil

German Empire

I hope that the German empire reunites. All hail Otto Von Bismarck and the German Empire.

German empire was amazing it had an amazing economy and military

The Empire united by Bismarck that defeated France and Austria while being puny.

One of the few countries to beat Russia in a war

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