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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... 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, while statesmen like ... the city of Rome in 753 BC to the fall of the Roman Empire or the beginning of the Middle Ages ... between his philosophical aspirations and the duty he felt to defend the Roman Empire from its external enemies through his various military campaigns ...
... 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 ... Tocharians, (to whom they were closely related) created a Kushan Empire around 30 AD ...
... The Mongol Empire swept through Central Asia, invaded Khwarezmian Empire and sacked the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, looting and massacring people everywhere ...
... 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 English historian Edward Gibbon, which ... 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 and West ...
... 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 ...
More definitions of "empire":
- (noun): A monarchy with an emperor as head of state.
- (noun): The domain ruled by an emperor or empress.
- (noun): An eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple.
- (noun): A group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization.
Famous quotes containing the word empire:
“The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it.... Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“The trouble with Freud is that he never played the Glasgow Empire Saturday night.”
—Ken Dodd (b. 1931)
“Thy blood and virtue
Contend for empire in thee, and thy goodness
Share with thy birthright! Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none. Be able for thine enemy
Rather in power than use, and keep thy friend
Under thy own lifes key. Be checked for silence
But never taxed for speech.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)