History is full of great empires. Some of these empires dominated the world for hundreds and hundreds of years. However, even the most dominant and massive empires fall at one time or another. But in their heyday, these empires grew at a rate that no one could have expected and increased their influence on the entire world. There have been dozens of impressive empires throughout history, but the 12 you are about to read about were among the greatest. These 12 empires dominated during their time and grew to a massive size. That said, the empire at the 8th spot is one you won’t be expecting.
#12 The Portugese Empire
What better way to start the article than with what many believe was the first truly global empire in history? The empire was very advanced for its time, which is why they were able to dominate. This empire lasted for nearly 600 years in total and began in 1415 with the capture of Ceuta and managed to last all the way to 1999, when it gave up Macau, its last territory.
#11 Achaemenid Empire
This was a name for the First Persian Empire. Cyrus the Great first founded this empire in the 6th century which was named after King Archamenes. The area for this empire spanned from Europe all the way into Western Asia. At the time, nearly half the population of Earth belonged to this empire.
#10 The British Empire
In terms of land mass, this was the largest empire by quite a bit. In total, this empire spanned over 20 million miles. Basically, every single continent (including all of Austrailia) had the British Empire present in some form and this made it among the most powerful empires of all time. The next entry might just be the most famous empire of all time.
#9 The Roman Empire
This was arguably the most famous and influential empire in history. The Roman Empire lasted for well over 1000 years and led to more innovation than perhaps any other empire in the years after it was founded by Augustus (he was also its first Emperor). Without the Romans, who knows what our language, law, and religions would look like? Check out the 6th entry for another extremely famous empire.
#8 Sassanid Empire
This was an important era as it was the last Iranian empire before the rise of Islam. During its peak, this empire consisted of nearly all of the Middle East and was among the biggest powers in the world. This empire lasted from 224-651 and was very important in the development of various different cultures of the time.