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What makes a great civilization? There are many factors that result in a civilization becoming great but to answer the question; we must have a clear definition of great. A great civilization must firstly have an efficient government. It must also have natural sources and good geographical location --- an important factor for the civilization to be self-sustaining. Thus, we can infer that a great civilization has some defining features that ensure the continuity of the "greatness" of the civilization. When a great civilization prospers, it brings about economic stability and self-sustenance. Firstly, a feature of a great civilisation is good geographical location. ...read more.


As a result, it would be self-sustaining and be able to prosper. Once the civilisation has settled down and there is enough food, there must be a government to organise the people. The government has to protect the civilization from enemies invading the civilization. The government is also responsible for the regulation of trade, agriculture and labour specialization etc. A perfect example to illustrate this is the Egyptian civilization which were ruled by the pharaoh and aided by his officials. They introduced a standard system of measurements which were essential for trading and also introduced laws to ensure peace of civilisation. Without the Egyptian pharaoh and his officials to regulate and control the civilization, it would not have thrived. ...read more.


The ancient Egyptians believed of life after death and with the advancement of sciences, they mummified pharaohs etc using complicated processes. However, their jobs were made easier with advancement in the technology and sciences. This can also be said of the magnificent pyramids which are wonders of the world. With the skills of the highly-competent engineers and architects and advancement in technology, the task was easier. However, there are also other features like labour specialization, trading e.g. which are controlled by the government and ensures the prosperity of a great civilization. These features cannot be overlooked. Thus we can conclude that the civilization must firstly be located at a good geographical location followed by having an efficient government and lastly having advancement in science and technology in order to be considered a great civilization and be self-sustaining. ...read more.

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