Which Ancient Civilization Are You?

Mark Lichtenstein

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About This Quiz

While our modern culture takes plenty of studying just to understand what's going on in our daily lives, it's also important to know about where we came from, so that we can figure out where we're trying to go. Still, not all of the great civilizations of history are well known to people today, and of those that are, there are misconceptions and myths about them that often aren't very accurate.

Every continent has enjoyed a great civilization in ancient times, with the Americas sporting the Olmec, Aztec, Maya, and Inca; the British, Greeks, and Romans of Europe; the Assyrians, Byzantines, Persians (and many more) of the Middle East; the Mongols, Japanese, and Chinese empires of the Far East, the Mughal Empire of South Asia; and the Ethiopian, Songhai, and Luba Empires of Africa. All of them had their own characters, and all contributed in their own way to the cultures that have come after them.

Whether you're insular or extroverted, progressive or conservative, hierarchical or egalitarian, rural or urban in your mindset, a sophisticated thinker or someone who prefers the simpler things in life, there's an ancient empire that has something to teach you. So let's find out which one it is!

How much war do you like around you?

How powerful do you like your civilization?

What food do you want to eat?

What domestic enemy do you want to fight?

What clothing do you want to wear?

What religion would you like to see around you (whether or not you personally practice it)?

How powerful do you want the women to be?

What sort of weapon might you fight with?

What will your house be made of?

What feature might the chairs in your room have?

How will you get enough water?

What holiday will you invent?

Where might your descendants end up?

What tragedy will strike your civilization?

How far back in time do you consider ancient?

Who will be your civilization's external enemy?

What sort of meat will there be?

What sort of cutlery will you use?

How will you greet each other?

Will there ever be a moment of peace?

What book will your deeds be recorded in?

What will the weather be like?

What sea will you sail across?

Who will be your absolute worst ruler?

What other ancient civilization will you trade with?

What other ancient civilization will you conquer - at least try to conquer?

What animal will you prize as special?

What will your dragons look like?

What animal will you see as sacred?

How will you write down your epics?

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