What is Empire?

  • (noun): A group of countries under a single authority.
    Example: "The British empire"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Empire

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 History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire
... 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 traces ... 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 ...
History Of Tajikistan - Pre-Islamic Period (600 BC – AD 651) - Hellenistic Period (329 BC–90 BC)
... 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 ... whom they were closely related) created a Kushan Empire around 30 AD ...
Andronikos III Palaiologos - Legacy
... 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 ...
Political Science - The Rise and Fall of The Roman Empire
... 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 ... 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 ...
History Of Tajikistan - The Mongols and Their Successors (1218–1740) - Mongol Empire (1218–1370)
... The Mongol Empire swept through Central Asia, invaded Khwarezmian Empire and sacked the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, looting and massacring ...

More definitions of "Empire":

  • (noun): A group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization.
    Synonyms: conglomerate
  • (noun): The domain ruled by an emperor or empress.
  • (noun): A monarchy with an emperor as head of state.
  • (noun): An eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple.

Famous quotes containing the word empire:

    Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch
    Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.
    Kingdoms are clay; our dungy earth alike
    Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life
    Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
    And such a twain can do ‘t, in which I bind,
    On pain of punishment, the world to weet
    We stand up peerless.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    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 (1790–1857)

    It is an immense misfortune to the empire to have a king of such a disposition at such a time. We are told and every thing proves it true that he is the bitterest enemy we have.... To undo his empire he has but one truth more to learn, that after colonies have drawn the sword there is but one step more they can take.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)