What is an Empire

Empire is a political organization in which a State or Nation imposes its power on other countries.

Empire derives from the Latin empire which in turn comes from the verb imperare which means “to command”. It is composed of the prefix im- which refers to “penetration” and the verb I’ll stop which means “order” or “prepare”.

Empire is also refers to the set of peoples and territories governed by this type of system, such as the Ottoman Empire.

The highest authority figure in an empire he is the emperor, although he is sometimes called by another name.

See also Emperor.

Examples of empires

Roman empire

The Roman Empire (imperium romanum in Latin), corresponds to a stage of Roman civilization during which power fell mainly on the figure of an emperor.

The Roman Empire is generally considered to have lasted from 27 BC with Emperor Augustus until 476 AD and the fall of the Western Roman Empire. However, the Eastern Roman Empire (also called Byzantine Empire), held until the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

Their maximum territorial extension it was about 6.14 million km². Through its capital, Rome, the Roman Empire extended to territories located in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching its maximum extension during the government of Emperor Trajan.

The Roman empire once stretched from west to east, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf. From north to south, it ranged from Caledonia and the Rhine and Danube rivers to the Sahara desert. It can be divided into two eras: the High Empire and the Low Empire.

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See also The Fall of the Roman Empire.

Carolingian empire

The government of the Republic is known as the Carolingian Empire. Carolingian dynasty in the Kingdom of the Franks o Frankish Kingdom, from 774 to 843. The territories that comprised this empire are some areas of present-day Germany, France and Italy.

The Carolingian empire owes its name to Emperor Charlemagne and its capital is considered to have been Aachen (Aachenin German).

The empire was based on a feudal system, typical of that time. After its fall, the empire gave rise to the Kingdom of France and the so-called Holy Roman Empire.

Empire and imperialism

It is known as imperialism expansive tendency of political, economic or military power of a nation. As an adjective, it is used applied to other concepts such as “imperialist policy”.

See also Imperialism.

The desire to rule and power over other nations or territories has developed in different parts of the world throughout history.