Most Important Civilizations Throughout History

One of the ways I develop interest in a particular culture is how powerful or influential it has been in the world. A place like Guadeloupe in the Caribbean just won’t have had the global impact that China has, and it reflects in the depth of the history, cuisine, and cultural traditions. So I have a lot of interest in cultures that are ancient, yes—but historically significant, as well. From these civilizations, there will be more museums, more religions, more architectural remains to admire. Here are some countries that have been home to some of the most important civilizations. I’ve underlined the ones we’ve been to, and bolded the ones we haven’t.

ANCIENT POWERS

Sumer/Babylon/Mesopotamia/Abbasid Caliphate—Modern day Iraq

Assyrian/Hittites—ancestors of present-day Armenians

Egyptian/Ptolemaic—Egypt

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Coptic Church, Cairo

Chou/Han/Tang/Sung/Ming/Ch’in—Modern Day China

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Largest sandalwood Buddha

Elam/Achaemanid/Parthian/Sassanid/Gutian–Persia/Iran

Kerma—Sudan

Macrobians/Ajuran—Somalia

Indus/Maurya/Gupta/Moguls/Nanda/Sunga—Modern day India, Afghanistan, Pakistan

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Polluted Agra

Seleucid–Syria

Aegeans and Minoans/Macedon—present-day Greece/Italy

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White tower of Thessaloniki

Celts—Hallstatt, Austria

Rome

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Trevi Fountain

Palestine

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King Herod’s Palace

Yamato/Heian/Tokugawa—present-day Japan

Xiongnu/Huns—Mongolia

Ghana Empire

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Boats along the coast

Mali Empire

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ethiopian landscape

Addis Ababa countryside

Khmer—Cambodia

Olmecs/Maya/Aztecs—Modern day Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala

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Procession in Antigua, Guatemala

Chavin/Incas—Modern day Peru

Phoenicians—Lebanon

Goths—Modern day Scandinavia (Sweden and Denmark)

Ottoman—Modern day Turkey

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Near Mt Nemrut, Turkey

MODERN DAY POWERS

Bulgaria

Georgia

Portugul

Spain

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Granada, Spain

France

Dutch Republic

England

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London

Russia

Austria-Hungary

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Sissi’s chambers

Germany

Dresden square

Dresden Square

The US

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Famed Peachtree Street of Atlanta

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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