Top 10 Greatest Empires


The Top Ten

1 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

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

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

Covered 1/4 of the land on earth - Ww2geek

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2 Roman Empire

Greatest power to ever exist.

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.

Took most of Europe, sections of Africa, and Sections of Asia still holds influence today and only fell because of a combination of several different barbaric tribes and inside problems - ThePursuer78

Yes it got to the top last time. I looked it was in 4 place good job every one

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3 Ottoman Empire

Number 1 empire off all time

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.

Of course ottoman's most powerful empire..

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.

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4 Mongolian Empire

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

In the 1270s it comprised of 16 precent of the worlds mass and 1/4 of the population

How is this not number one?

Yes old women are good warriors

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5 Spanish Colonial Empire

Que sea el idioma mas hablado en el mundo despues del chino, lo prueba

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.

Most spoken language globally and 2nd most spoken overall (with the first being Mandarin, which is chiefly spoken solely in China). 360 million people speak English; over 400 million speak Spanish. The first true global empire.

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.

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6 Persian Empire

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

Best empire ever! I am Iranian though but I love the other empires too. Some Historians don't think the Persian empire only stretched to Greece, they think it may have stretched to the borders of Poland

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.

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7 French Colonial Empire

Napoleon threw the country away when he attacked Russia though

Lol. Dainty

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

Fapoleon was one of the best leaders of this empire.

8 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.

One of the worst empires ever if they did not get the revulusion russia would be like the middle east

No one can kill the tsar. Well, except for Lenin. - SoldierOfFortune

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9 Soviet Union

Not a empire - namesnipe

Most Modern

Russian Empire > Soviet Union

This wansnt a empire but it is the strongest on the list so

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10 Modern US

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

The US is NOT an empire and will NEVER be an empire. Furthermore, it's NOT the greatest nation on earth. Americans are so parochial and insular.

Not a empire - namesnipe

Unstoppable military might + incomparable culture influence = greatness

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The Contenders

11 Ming Dynasty
12 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?

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13 Macedonian Empire

Macedonia is Greek get your hands off from our lands monkeys

A mighty empire forged in a little over a decade by the greatest warrior king of all time - Alexandros Philipou Makedonon.

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

Who can deny the his highness

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14 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!

15 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

The most powerful in the earth history

The american empire means the world!

I wish it existed

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16 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.

17 Qing Dynasty China

Japan would smash China with some great American in it

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

Ching ching xixixxixidesu desu remove dimsum!

18 Mughal Empire 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.

19 Yuan Dynasty, China
20 Indian Empire

Brits made the Indian look like Colonized but it was puppetized in the entire time.

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.

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


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21 Byzantine Empire

Should be higher than Nazi empire. - DarkBoi-X

Was this made by a guy called zantine because...BY Zantine in like a book (greece please don't get angry at me)

Removed Kebab when no one else would

Tried to rebuild the Roman Empire. But failed.

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22 Second French Colonial Empire
23 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.

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

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

It is the strongest dynasty in China.

24 Nazi Empire

Nazi > Soviet
Damn the Soviets!

Adolf herr Hitler made a poor ruined Weak country into a War machine and World threat in UNDER 10 YEARS. should be a smart (but evil) man.

Don't think, Germany is weak after Hitler, they are still able to be dangerous for whole Europe and the USA.

Hitler made a broken country it into the second biggest threat after the Cold War - SoldierOfFortune

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25 Austro-Hungarian Empire

Slovakia, Czech republic, Austria, and Hungary was in there

Austrian empire superior - namesnipe

This is my favorite Empire in history. I think it is interesting that the emperors of Austria-Hungary used royal marriages to increase relations with other countries and to become the Emperor of that country.

Ruled over huge chunksof Eastern Europe

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26 Holy Roman Empire

The holy roman empire was united after Charles Charlemagne conquered his brothers portion of the French territory and inheriting his cousins territory in northern Italy his fathers best friend the pope crowned him king of Rome forming the holy roman empire although he died his processors conquered most of Germany and some of Eastern Europe

Weird country


27 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.

They were really evil

Japan Was what Most POWERFUL Single NATION. JAPAN Defeated the Russians and captured them 80000 alive over 2 years of War. Again Japan defeated the British capturing 1,40,000 alive in Singapore and then Hongkong. It was British Largest Surrender in History. Actually nowadays People don't have Enough Imformation about The Ancient Japan.Remember it took Us To Atomb Bomb 2times.Honestly the US soldiers were actually afraid of Japanese and were losing the war in the Pacific. Just Search Wars in Wikipedia about The GREAT JAPAN!

28 Greek Empire

Greece is awesome and always will be goodbye and thank you.

Alexander the Great, Byzantine Empire etc

They couldn't even hold Constantinople

The Greek empire is not a thing. Greece was divided into city-states. At no point except for the modern era was Greece truly united. However, you may be referring to the Macedonian empire which took Greece.

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29 Dutch Empire

The Dutch Empire is one of the most underestimated empires in history. They had territories that include: Indonesia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Brazil, parts of India, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, South Africa(Afrikaans is very similar to Dutch)and many more. They entirely controlled the US states of Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut and also controlled and founded modern day New York City whose Boroughs still bear names derived from Dutch words and named(and actually used to be called New Amsterdam).

They had Indonesia, New Amsterdam (New York), Suriname, parts of Africa and ruled the seas for a decade.

Don;t forget the lovely Caribean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao [ABC] that are still Dutch.

30 German Empire

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

Greatest empire in history

One of the strongest empires in the world before WW1. It was technologically ahead and it had one of the biggest armies of the world.

31 Arabian Empire

Before the caliphate split up, this was the mightiest of all the empires. Honestly, the Arabian empire conquered more land than even Rome could. From Spain in the West all the way to the Russian Caucuses. Lets not forget that they were the ones to finally finish off Byzantium. Also they gave the world a great many things including the basis for modern medicine (SURGERY). While the European nations fell into ignorance and chaos, this empire endured and prosepered. Definitely should be in the top 10.

Should be number 1

32 Portuguese Empire

Portugal started the the age of exploration. And at the time was one of the most advanced countries in the field of exploration. Having divided the new world with Spain and by new world I'm mostly referring to South America where these countries built up on riches. And Portugal got the better half, Brazil. With that said I truly believe neither the Portuguese nor the Spanish empires should be so low on this list. Just goes to show that some people truly know nothing about history. Educate yourselves.

The Portuguese empire was very far flung, with Portuguese colonies on every continent. It was more widespread than even Spain's. Look at a map and the Portuguese language is still spoken on every continent. The Portuguese mapped the world, were the first Europeans to start global exploration and the last to give up their colonies I.E., Macau, China. The Portuguese empire was very vast and great! The Portuguese empire should be in the top 5 for sure!

Italian Empire in front of Portuguese Empire? This is about the greatest empires of all time, not the greatest country of today.

Nazi Empire? It lasted like 10 years, the Portuguese was between 1415 and 1999.

Portuguese should be in top 5 for sure!

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33 Islamic Empire

At the time largest empire the world had ever seen and 5th largest of all time went from Spain, across North Africa, Middle East, Pakistan, and the south of Russia. Lead the world in technology with advancements in literature, mathematics, science, trigonometry, and medicine. Spread Islam across the world from Somalia to Kazakhstan. Not talked about much due to the fact Europe was in a Dark Age.

The Ottoman empire is second, but would not have been around without this. In size, it was more than five times as large as the Romans and I would say that it had just as big a cultural impact on it's people. It spread Islam (the second largest religion today) thus causing the crusades, which united Europe in a sense, and brought the renisance, which allowed the enlightenment (democracy, science, women's rights, freeing slaves, and general equality) and also made it easier for the Europeans to dominate the world, thus bringing diseases to the new world which killed 90 percent of the new world population, spreading Christianity, creating the USA and spreading technology around the world.

This greatest civilization ever to have been made as the glory of the lion's mouth has defeated the greatest empires in the world restored and prevailed in a very few years

The lands ruled by Muslims of different nations were 22 countries in Europe, all of Asia (except Japan) and 22 countries in Africa

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34 Chola Empire

One of the longest living empires of the world.
Achieved Naval Supremacy at Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean a 1000 years ago.

Brave and courageous in their path. An Undisputed and powerful Empire of South India. Born fighting bloods with great history in their past.

Just Read about its and its Naval Power, roughly 1000 years before the british thought of naval expenditions.

Only Indian empire chola empire only role the foreign countries south Asian countries srilanka, subhathra
and also known sea navy powerful so called way of bengal sea is like lake of cholas

35 Swedish Empire

Without the Swedish empire Poland Lithuania would be more powerful and demark-Norway would be more dominate and Russia would never evolve to being a great power and prosetents would be far less dominant in northern Germany and Dutch survival will be less likely and the tactics used by Gustavus Adolphus which he would be known as farther of modern warfare and without him the thirty years war would be different and their rulers were smart officers, veteran troops won most of their war and they nearly defeated Russia in the great northern war but disease struck and the infamous winter which was one of the coldest in human history 175,000 died whilst military 25,000 and enemy 192,000-395,000 and the final stand of the king who was nearly the great who just slightly lost just because the winter which was the same fate as Napoleonic France (napoleon Bonaparte) and the first leader and last were really good surprisingly being outnumbered 3-1 is impressive and as Austerlitz was napoleons ...more

The dominant power in the baltic in the 1600 hundreds and had at a brief moment the best and most well trained army in the world witch enabled them to beat that times greatest power, the holy roman empire. Also the third biggest nation in Europe after Russia and France at this time. They whent from small farmer nation to a great power in just 100 years... That is impresive!

The Swedish actually deffeated the Russian empire, Poland Lithuania, Denmark norway, Holy romans, and once britain.

36 Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth

Please search Polish-russo war.
They just hid that history by the way.

Mongols=the best armie during the time... but polandlithuania commonwealth surpassed the entire time

They had Polish Hussars. enough said.

Battled Turkey, Sweden, Muscovy, Mongols, Germans, Teutons, Czechs yet still managed to survive and become one of the most influential country of all. Was the first to have its king elected in medieval Europe and contributed most to the creations of modern day republics. Its empire stretched over parts of 11 modern day countries establishing colonies even on the Caribbean. The Hussars could destroy armies more than 3 times the size. 'enough said...

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37 Khmer Empire

Please help to vote to Khmer Empire or Angkor Empire for can into top ten list. Khmer Empire built biggest temple in the world is Angkor what.

Covered all the land in Indochina from 10th century to 12th century. Also the most powerful empire in southeast Asia. Bravo Cambodia!

Simply becuase we ruled a big part of IndoChina. We were one of the most advanced in the area as because we were able to build the Temple of Gods, 'Angkor what'.

38 Brazilian Empire

Only UK could be Compared to Brazilian Empire in XIX Century

One of the most powerful empíreos ever,

39 Umayyad Caliphate

Most tolerant and progressive empire

40 Mauryan Empire

Their age was also known as the Golden age of India

Don't think so it is an infamous or weak empire. An mighty empire stretching from Gandhar (modern day Afghanistan) to Bengal and Kashmir to the south of Tamil Nadu. The most important is that a world conqueror Alexander whom people call great, his military(after his death) was even afraid to fight with the might of Chandragupta Maurya. People say Indians never conquered anyone else but just think about its extent. Even today the people of China and Japan are Buddhist because of Ashoka, He also propagated it to Malaysia and Indonesia.

The main thing is knowledge, under Chanakya India was the richest and had the best economic system. Even today the whole world is following the economic methods invented by Chanakya. That was the might of this empire for which many empires could not even think of fighting it. Alexander's military general Secules was even defeated by Chandragupta. That's correct that in absence of Alexander his army was weak but still you can't tell Secules was weak ...more

41 Assyrian Empire

Most powerful state in ancient Mesopotamia

42 Carthaginian Empire

Come on guys. Let's get Carthage in the top 10. Our alphabet actually comes from Carthage. They were completely destroyed by the Romans- so what? Rome was rising and Carthage was falling yet it still fought 3 grueling wars with Rome. Too bad there isn't much we can learn about it because the Romans burned their library. They also changed seafaring forever. They are so forgotten in history.

Carthage best empire!

Carthage was on the decline by the time the Punic Wars began, and still it almost ended Rome before it had started. It's one of the greatest empires of all time, definitely.

43 Sikh Empire

It is one of greatest which destroyed mogul empirein north India and Afghanistan

44 Maratha Empire


My bloodline, my ancestors, my many great uncles and grandfathers fought in this army...

45 Aztec Empire
46 Israeli Empire
47 Vietnamese Empire

Come from China and live as tribe in Cambodia, then Cambodia's king love a Vietnam's women and give the Vietnamese land

It doesn't exist but it might and it will be the greatest empire the world has ever seen.

I think this empire is either the Le, Tay Son, or Nguyen dynasty.

48 Norwegian Empire

At their highest point they had all of Iceland, good chunk of Swedish area, some of Greenland, and even a little of the British isles.

49 Afsharid Empire, Persia
50 Akkadian Empire
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