> 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.
I am not sure what you mean by civilizations. To me a civilization
means the smallest area which we could mark off and loose very little
in explanation for those people. For example the Easter Islands could
be a civilization as it has little or no contact with anyone outside of
that Island while the Hittite Empire could not be classed as a
Civilization as it was in a major way affected by outside influences.