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Ruler overlooking his empire. Source: Amir / Adobe Stock.

Empire Builders: Ancient Leaders Who Shaped History (Video)


Ancient history is replete with remarkable leaders who played pivotal roles in the expansion and growth of civilizations across the globe. Among them, Hammurabi, the sixth king of Babylon, left an indelible mark with his Code of Hammurabi, a comprehensive legal code that established principles of justice and governance. His empire flourished and expanded under his rule. Hatshepsut, an extraordinary pharaoh of ancient Egypt, broke gender barriers and reigned as a successful ruler during the New Kingdom. She promoted trade and undertook ambitious architectural projects, leaving a legacy of prosperity and stability.

Pericles, the influential statesman of ancient Athens, oversaw a golden age of democracy and cultural flourishing. Under his leadership, the city-state experienced tremendous advancements in arts, architecture, and philosophy, with iconic structures like the Parthenon standing as testaments to his vision. Lastly, Alexander the Great, the Macedonian conqueror, left an indelible mark on history with his relentless military campaigns. His empire stretched from Greece to Egypt and the Persian Empire, fostering the diffusion of Greek culture and knowledge throughout the conquered territories. These ancient empire builders and others like them shaped the course of history, each contributing in their unique ways to the growth and expansion of their civilizations. Their legacies endure, and their accomplishments continue to inspire and captivate us to this day.

Top image: Ruler overlooking his empire. Source: Amir / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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