The term empire derives from the Latin imperium (power, authority). Politically, an empire is a geographically extensive group of states and peoples (ethnic groups) united and ruled either by a monarch (emperor, empress) or an oligarchy.
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... The Mongol Empire swept through Central Asia, invaded Khwarezmian Empire and sacked the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, looting and massacring people everywhere ...
... During the height of the Roman Empire, famous historians such as Polybius, Livy and Plutarch documented the rise of the Roman Republic, and the organization and histories of other nations ... the foundation of the city of Rome in 753 BC to the fall of the Roman Empire or the beginning of the Middle Ages ... and the duty he felt to defend the Roman Empire from its external enemies through his various military campaigns ...
... The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (sometimes shortened to Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) is a book of history written by the ... The work covers the history of the Roman Empire, Europe, and the Catholic Church from 98 to 1590 and discusses the decline of the Roman Empire in the East ...
... Under Andronikos the Byzantine Empire came closest to regaining a position of power in the Balkan Peninsula since the Fourth Crusade ... Although an energetic campaigner, the empire during this period was just too weak to defeat its enemies in Anatolia, Bulgaria and Serbia ... His loss of the empire's few remaining territories in Anatolia made the Ottoman Turks posed to expand into Europe as did its lack of strength following his reign to prevent the formation of ...
... After the Persian Empire was defeated by Alexander the Great, Bactria, Sogdiana and Merv, being part of Persian Empire, had to defend themselves from new invaders ... with the Tocharians, (to whom they were closely related) created a Kushan Empire around 30 AD ...
More definitions of "Empire":
- (noun): A monarchy with an emperor as head of state.
- (noun): The domain ruled by an emperor or empress.
- (noun): A group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization.
- (noun): An eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple.
Famous quotes containing the word empire:
I bring full-flavoured wine out of a barrel found
Where seven Ephesian topers slept and never knew
When Alexanders empire passed, they slept so sound.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“I do not believe I am exaggerating in affirming that the empire of Russia is a country whose inhabitants are the most miserable on earth, because they suffer at one and the same time the evils of barbarism and of civilization.”
—Marquis De Custine (17901857)
“On September 16, 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.”
—Gore Vidal (b. 1925)