Famous Empires in History

Can you name these famous historical empires based on a description?
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Last updated: November 4, 2020
First submittedJanuary 12, 2013
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Description
Empire
The sun never set on this naval empire
British
Italian empire that, at one point, controlled the entire Mediterranean
Roman
Empire, based in Constantinople, that succeeded the above
Byzantine
Turkish empire that conquered the above
Ottoman
Mexican empire conquered by Cortés
Aztec
Andean empire conquered by Pizarro
Inca
Empire that took over the previous two
Spanish
Short-lived empire of Hitler
Nazi
Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, that controlled all of modern-day
Iran, Iraq, and Turkey
Achaemenid (Persian)
Short-lived empire of Alexander that conquered the above
Macedonian
Huge land empire started by Genghis Khan
Mongol
Empire ruled by the tsars
Russian
Loosely-knit Germanic empire ruled at times by the Habsburgs
Holy Roman
Empire, based in Vienna, that succeeded the above
Austrian
Mesopotamian empire that carried away the Jews
Neo-Babylonian
Empire that dominated the Middle East until being succeeded by the above
Neo-Assyrian
Empire ruled by the pharaohs
Egyptian
Empire that controlled Brazil, Macau, etc ...
Portuguese
Empire led by Akbar with its capital in Agra, India
Mughal
Empire, based in Timbuktu, known for its wealth in gold
Mali
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Level 82
Jan 9, 2013
so easy.
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Level 78
Nov 15, 2018
I can never remember the one in India, and I'm ashamed to say I had no idea where Timbuktu is located. Maybe next time. Other than those, the rest were easy for me also.
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Level 55
Aug 31, 2020
Timbuktu is in mali
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Level 61
Jan 9, 2013
Only 77% got "The sun never set on this naval empire"???? I thought the largest empire in history would be a tad more well-known that that
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2013
Added Britain, since I accept other ones like "Spain".
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Level 66
Jul 17, 2015
Maybe because that definition was first used for another empire...
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Level 73
Apr 14, 2020
That doesn't matter, because it is most commonly known to refer to the British Empire (especially in the English language).
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Level 56
Nov 4, 2020
I wonder whether it still could be? Going east from the UK you'd have the sovereign bases in Cyprus, then the BIOT, then I guess Pitcairn, then the bits and bobs in the Caribbean and over to Bermuda, Ascension Island and then back to the UK.
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Level 48
Dec 15, 2020
i once read an article about it. yup, it still never sets. the territory that holds it together are the pitcairn islands. if one day there shall be a total solar eclipse there between 1 am and 2 am UK time, then the sun shall set on the empire. however, an eclipse like that isnt expected in the next thousand years, so its more likely that the crown will lose the islands before that.
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Level 73
Dec 15, 2020
However, a solar eclipse does not count as a 'sunset' 😏
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Level 47
Jan 24, 2020
I thought it was said about the spanish empire, but it seems it was used for england too...
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Level 73
Apr 14, 2020
Britain*. That and England are different things.
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Level 53
Aug 3, 2020
I tried Japanese for that until Britain clicked
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2020
In response to this, Irish people were often know to say, "That's because God doesn't trust the British in the dark." (might not be the exact saying but something along the lines of that)
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Level 55
Dec 17, 2020
Could the UK be accepted for British?
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Level 50
Jan 9, 2013
Awesome quiz. Too bad I sucked it up at 73%. Though the Holy Roman threw me off a bit since I already had Roman. Should have guessed it anyway.
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Level 71
Jan 9, 2013
As Voltaire said, when its best days had already passed, it was "neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire."
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Level 73
Apr 14, 2020
Really?
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Level 20
Dec 15, 2020
Yeah, Baltimorean is right. I just checked it up myself:

https://www.quotes.net/quote/35195

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Level 48
Jan 9, 2013
Could you possibly accept 'English' for 'British'?
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Level 66
Jan 9, 2013
'twas British though.
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Level 20
Nov 15, 2018
no it was British
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Level 58
Jan 9, 2013
Isn't the Persian Empire also known as Mesopotamia?
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Level 44
Dec 18, 2013
Mesopotamia is the geographic area around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. There have been several empires in that area since the Bronze age, including Persian, Babylonian, and Assyrian.
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Level 82
Nov 15, 2018
never
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Level 16
Aug 16, 2019
mesopotamia is more iraq
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Level 23
Jan 9, 2013
Could Macedon also be accepted for Macedonian?
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2013
Okay
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Level 44
Jan 9, 2013
where is french?? soviet? and can you make a quiz about slightly more obscure empires please :) athens, sparta, kwarizmian, mughal, maratha, seljuk, mali, zulu, timurid... for example
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Level 4
Jan 20, 2013
Agree with that. Besides Spain, the Britts and portugal, the French and Dutch Empires should be on the list as well. They were larger and of more worldwide influence than the Holy Roman Empire and Austria-Hungary(for example) ever were.
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Level 82
Nov 15, 2018
The title of the quiz is not "Every Famous Empire." and some of the more obscure empires you list are not really empires, though a few show up on my longest lasting empires quiz.
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Level 16
Aug 16, 2019
1) some of these were rather obscure 2) who said it has to include all the famous empires 3) the soviet union wasn't exactly an empire
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Level 60
Jul 27, 2020
Athens and Sparta were city-states and the Mughal and Mali Empires were on here.
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Level 23
Dec 5, 2020
Zulu Empire ahaha
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Level 32
Jan 11, 2013
Please accept Habsburg Empire and Austria-Hungary for Austrian Empire (can't remember hearing that term).
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Level 68
Apr 14, 2020
I second this for Habsburg.
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Level 61
May 1, 2020
Austria-Hungary was a country that existed between 1867 and 1918. Between 1804 and 1867(which is the period the quiz is referring to), this area was controlled by the Austrian Empire. Those are two of the various forms taken by the Habsburg Empire throughout history.
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Level 19
Jan 17, 2013
Great quiz. Maybe a harder part two...?
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Level ∞
Mar 12, 2015
I added a couple hard ones just now.
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Level 57
Sep 23, 2014
It's not accurate to say that the successor to the Holy Roman Empire was "Austria." Only portions of the Habsburgs' holdings were part of the Holy Roman Empire and there has never been an "Austrian" empire. There was an Austrian-Hungarian empire, but the successors to the Holy Roman Empire were the various German states that united into Germany in 1871.

Not a very sophisticated quiz at all.

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Level ∞
Mar 12, 2015
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_II,_Holy_Roman_Emperor

The last Holy Roman Emperor and the first emperor of Austria.

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Level 65
Nov 15, 2018
starting the end of the Holy Roman Empire, the Austrian kingdom was transformed to Austrian Empire. That's why the king/emperor was known as Francis II/I (II as Holy Roman Emperor and I as Austrian Emperor)
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Level 61
May 1, 2020
There was an Austrian Empire. Though I would agree it isn't really the successor of the Holy Roman Empire. The territories controlled by the Habsburg weren't entirely part of the HRE (Hungary, for instance, was a Habsburg territory but it wasn't part of the HRE), which wasn't much of an empire towards the end of its life anyway. I would argue the true successor of the HRE was the German Confederation, which existed between 1815 and 1866 and wasn't a unified country (just like the HRE) but rather an association of independent countries, much like the EU today.
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Level 45
Jun 5, 2015
Great quiz, but could you please accept Great Britian and England for the British empire. Thanks.
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Level ∞
Jun 5, 2015
Okay
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Level 58
Jun 5, 2015
Great quiz - thanks!
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Level 44
Jun 5, 2015
No Serbian Empire?
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Level 55
Jun 6, 2015
Klingon?
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Level 61
Jun 7, 2015
You should include Japan in there.
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Level 14
Jun 14, 2015
add france
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Level 78
Oct 30, 2015
When I first started reading the last question, Admiral Ackbar immediately came to mind and for a split second I wondered when he switched to the Empire.
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Level 75
Dec 29, 2019
It's a trap!
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Level 26
Nov 13, 2015
Holy Roman empire wasn´t ruled only by Habsburgs, but also by Luxembourgs and others.
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Level 65
Nov 15, 2018
but since Charles V, all (except one) Holy Roman Emperors were from the Habsburg dynasty. So it's correct
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Level 71
Feb 11, 2016
Enjoyed this quizz! Enough of a challenge to make me sweat a little and think about it, but not so much that I couldn't do it :).
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Level 76
Aug 11, 2016
Good quiz, but how about a sequel with some slightly less well known empires to add a bit of challenge? Khmer, Majapahit, Mauryan, Seleucid, Mali, Bulgar. Perhaps some post-colonial ones - Mexican, Brazilian, Haitian or Central African?
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Level 52
Jan 4, 2017
Good idea for a quiz but would be improved if you answered as per yellow box. Currently, you can just type in the name of any empire and it puts it neatly in the box for you. Cheers
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Level 45
Jan 30, 2018
I think you got a thing mxed up. House Habsburg ruled the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
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Level 79
Jul 15, 2018
Only from 1867 to 1918
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Level 73
Jul 10, 2018
Accept HRE for Holy Roman Empire please!
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Level ∞
Jul 11, 2018
Okay
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Level 74
Jul 11, 2018
100% :)
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2018
Great quiz! 100%
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Level 65
Jul 13, 2018
Shout out to Civilization for making the quiz extra easy
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Level 50
Nov 15, 2018
Missed out Assyrian.
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Level 47
Nov 15, 2018
Would you call Nazi Germany an empire? Prussia or German Empire under Wilhelm I, II and Friedrich III would be more of a German Empire
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Level 76
Dec 15, 2020
Germany called itself "Deutsches Reich" even under the Nazis. "Reich" means any large or powerful dominion, although it is most commonly translated as "empire". But even the English word empire does not necessarily refer to something ruled by a monarch, as we see in the Merriam-Webster definition: "a major political unit having a territory of great extent or a number of territories or peoples under a single sovereign authority". Which applies to Nazi Germany, especially during WWII.
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Level 65
Nov 15, 2018
'Songhai' should be accepted alongside Mali for the last one
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Level 60
Nov 15, 2018
Mughal Empire is overrated. Mauryan Empire was way bigger than Mughal. Chola Empire controlled not only south India but the whole south east Asia. Gupta Empire, Pala Empire, Maratha Empire, Rashtrakutas, & Kushan Empire are also some prominent Empires. And you also forgot the Qing and Han Dynasties of China and Khmer Of Cambodia.
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Level 82
Nov 15, 2018
While they might be better known in the West at least partially because they came into direct conflict with the British, still, what are you talking about? The Mughal Empire lasted over 300 years. They ruled over almost all of India as well as a significant chunk of central Asia. At their capital of Agra they constructed easily the most famous landmark in all of India. Under their rule the population of India tripled, growing faster than during any other period up to that point, and they made many advances in other areas, as well. How is that less significant than what the Maratha Empire accomplished?
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2018
Largest Empires In India Wikipedia

Taj Mahal is overrated, there's a lot better monuments in India than just that. Give India a visit not like a tourist, but like a traveller, you will realise.

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Level 82
Nov 19, 2018
Thanks very much for the misplaced condescension but your comment still reads as ignorant and/or biased. And though your link doesn't work, Mughal shows up as #2 largest on Wikipedia, so what are you trying to accomplish by posting that?
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2020
Agree with Kal. The Mughal Empire was easily on-par with (or even arguably ahead of) Europe into the early 1700s, which only really changed with the start of the Industrial Revolution. India was one of the richest and most economically productive parts of the world at that point. Additionally, they accomplished a lot in the arts and sciences. Regardless of whether you personally like or dislike the Taj Mahal, it's widely considered one of the greatest feats of architecture in history.
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Level 57
Nov 15, 2018
I think that "The sun never set on this naval empire" is a bit misleading since that phrase has been used to refer to different Empires. For instance, in non-English speaking Countries it is far more common to apply that phrase to the Spanish Empire, which has been called "the empire on which the sun never sets" since the 16th Century (approx 300 years before it became popular for the British Empire).
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Level 70
Nov 15, 2018
Central African Empire (1976-1979)
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Level 57
Nov 15, 2018
Very surprised I got 100% and I had to waiver into AP World History
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Level 66
Nov 15, 2018
Fun quiz thanks. Just missed two, should have known Macedonian.
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Level 69
Nov 16, 2018
Some of you enjoyed this a bit too much. This quiz was very unforgiving when awarding points. Sheesh!
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Level 67
Sep 4, 2019
Yea I missed 3 and only got 3 points, but it was fun nonetheless.
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2019
should've put the Akkadians since they were the first empire in history
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Level 47
Jan 24, 2020
Shouldn't there be more ? Like the frankish empire of Charlemagne ? the French one of Napoleon ? Some muslim caliphates (abbasid, ommeyads, seldjoukides, cordoba...) ? Maybe some chinese dynasties (ming, yuan, qing...) too ?
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Level 65
Feb 11, 2020
Too eastern hemisphere-centric
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Level 51
Apr 14, 2020
Got all of them!😁
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Level 44
May 24, 2020
You forgot about the Empire of Japan
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Level 73
Aug 31, 2020
The Byzantine empire didn't really succeed the Roman Empire. I wouldn't say that the modern UK "succeeded" the British empire. It's still the same country, even if it has lost most of its former territory.
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Level 56
Dec 11, 2020
Thats why "eastern roman" is accepted
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2020
The clue is still wrong though.
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Level 67
Dec 15, 2020
Many of the clues are very wrong.
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Level 56
Mar 15, 2021
Which ones? If you want them to change, tell what's wrong with them. If you can prove it, sure.
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Level 54
Dec 15, 2020
Interesting quiz
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Level 43
Dec 15, 2020
Kemet should be allowed as it is how the kemetians actually named themselves instead of the name historians gave them.
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Level 28
Dec 15, 2020
Anyone else get most of these from Age of Empires?!
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Level 64
Dec 16, 2020
You should accept Songhai for Mali.
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Level 56
Mar 15, 2021
They were completely different, and they fought each other all the time before Mali took over. Mali was much more well known so i'd say it should stay the same.
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Level 35
Dec 18, 2020
I'm so sorry, I feel stupid now. I got them all except assyrian, mughai and...

British..

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Level 57
Jan 19, 2021
Only 35% got Neo-Assyrian? That's like the best one!
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Level 26
Jun 9, 2021
They should include the French Empire