On 22 Dec 2006 03:01:20 -0800, in sci.archaeology, Jack Linthicum wrote:
>> What are your 1 - 3 personal favorite historic civilizations and
>> please say why, for each one named.
>> Mine are :
>> Indus Valley civilisation, amazing : prolific traders with diplomatic
>> contacts among many other great civilisations, consummate engineers,
>> artisans, farmers, architects and elements of their culture seem to
>> have given rise to the great mythological and philosophical systems of
>> northern India.
>> Akkadian Empire, badass conquerors, but also adapted the scientific,
>> mythological and literary achievements of their Sumerian predecessors.
>> They also had wide-ranging trade and diplomatic contacts with Egypt,
>> Bahrain, India, Cyprus etc.
>> Hittite Empire, so much of our Western culture can be traced back to
>> them and their influence on classical civilisations. Their adaptation
>> of Hurrian culture is fascinating, as is their mythology, warfare,
>> craftsmanship, literature.
>1. Minoan as exemplified by the murals at Akrotiri
>3. the Sea going people of the Pacific, Polynesian, Melanesian,
Mu? Even more fictional than Atlantis.
We don't seem to have defined civilization either -- 3, your sea-going
people, don't fit within the definitions usually used by archaeologists,
you know, cities, standing army, class structure, etc.
One of my favorite fictional civilizations is Lyra's world, love the
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