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Old 07-29-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Malaysia
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Was it Alexander the Great? Julius Ceasar? Genghis Khan? King Richard? Qin Huang Ti?
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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How are we measuring greatness?
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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Beat me. Guess if we to award these fellas based on the achievements or outstanding performance in areas fo conquests, contributions, and impacts that they had made.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Greatest Emperor or King of all time.
His Kingdom is not of this Earth.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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How are we measuring greatness?
A very good question. If unquenchable bloodthirstiness and will to (earthly) power are the criteria, Genghis Khan should be high in the running. Quite high indeed.


Conan, what is best in life?

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Old 07-29-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Conan, what is best in life?
Crush enemies

See them driven before you

Hear the lamentations of their women.

Always nice to run into a fellow Kromist
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I would start out by arguing that the "greatest" does not necessarily mean the one who had the largest empire. Or even a fairly large one. Or does it? If we can simply count noses of subjects and/or pace off the borders, and then declare a winner on that census, it is a pretty straightforward question.

What about Kamehaha I of Hawaii? Would he be in the running?

Even some current ones, like Sultan Qaboos of Oman, who, in his 41 years, has brought Oman from a stona-age goat-pasture to a modern and prosperous 21st century nation surrounded by oilrich powderkegs, without firing a shot or even getting his name in the papers.

I'm inclined to think the greatest king of all time was the one that brought the most peace and prosperity to his subjects, not the one who slaughtered the most victims over the widest scope of territory.

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Old 07-30-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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Was it Alexander the Great? Julius Ceasar? Genghis Khan? King Richard? Qin Huang Ti?
Well, as Julius Caesar was neither an emperor or king, I'm going to use that as a precedent for nominating Mao Tse Tung.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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After some considerations, I think I'll go for emperor Augustus.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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Alexander the Great.
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