A civilization (US) or civilisation (UK) is any complex society characterized by urban development, symbolic communication forms (typically, writing systems), and a perceived separation from and domination over the natural environment by a cultural elite. Civilizations are intimately associated with and often further defined by other socio-politico-economic characteristics, including centralization, the domestication of both humans and other organisms, specialization of labor, culturally ingrained ideologies of progress and supremacism, monumental architecture, taxation, societal dependence upon farming as an agricultural practice, and expansionism.

Historically, a civilization was a so-called "advanced" culture in contrast to more supposedly primitive cultures. In this broad sense, a civilization contrasts with non-centralized tribal societies, including the cultures of nomadic pastoralists or hunter-gatherers. As an uncountable noun, civilization also refers to the process of a society developing into a centralized, urbanized, stratified structure.

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Power of the past fuels museums' prosperity

China Daily 19 May 2022
mutual exchanges among civilizations," he said ... Following the opening of the Incredible Syria exhibition in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, key antiquities from the Western Asian nation and its brilliant ancient civilization also made their first journey to China in a large group....

Egypt composer’s star rises with ‘Moon Knight’ fame

The Philadelphia Inquirer 18 May 2022
... ancient Egyptian god. "Ancient Egyptian civilization is extremely appealing for any composer, whether Egyptian or not," the 50-year-ol......

Elites and Gods: The Big Lives Of Dwarfs In Ancient Egypt!

Ancient Origins 18 May 2022
With its enormous stone temples, pyramids and tombs, ancient Egypt was undoubtedly one of the most productive advanced civilizations of the pre-Christian world ... While ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese cultures enslaved and ridiculed little people, or dwarfs, the dwarfs of ancient Egypt were respected and lived normal and even elevated lives....

Archeologist: Sirjan archeological map to be completed

Irna 18 May 2022
Referring to the special geological features, water resources, flora and fauna of Sirjan, Saberi said that carrying out archeological excavations in the region can provide us with significant information about cultural and trade exchange between ancient civilizations throughout the ages....

Timeline of the Greek Pontian Genocide of 1914-1923

Greek City Times 18 May 2022
Pontus (Pontos), an ancient Greek word for “sea”, refers to the Black Sea and the surrounding coastal areas ... Homer, author of the two central works of the ancient Greek literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey ... This was the end of one of the ancient Greek civilizations in Asia Minor....

The imminent global food crisis is being blamed on Russia, but the truth is rather ...

Russia Today 18 May 2022
It has been 12 years since the world was shaken by the Arab Spring, a series of events in which hunger played a significant role, and which, in turn, led to violent uprisings and yet-unresolved civil wars in Libya, Yemen and Syria ... Here is something else for the reader to ponder ... Granaries were an indispensable feature of ancient civilizations....

Composer channels his native Egypt

Taipei Times 17 May 2022
The six-episode saga starring Oscar Isaac tells the story of a superhero who draws his powers from an ancient Egyptian god ...Ancient Egyptian civilization is extremely appealing for any composer, whether Egyptian or not,” the 50-year-old composer said from his studio in Cairo....

Egypt’s Airport Museums to receive transit visitors free-of-charge on May 18

Egypt Today 17 May 2022
This allows them to invest their waiting time at the airport in getting to know the ancient Egyptian civilization ... The Airport Museum [Terminal 3] includes some 60 artifacts from different eras of ancient Egyptian history, from the Old Kingdom to the Islamic era....

Step into the Meroë pyramids with Google

Google Blog 17 May 2022
Over 200 pyramids were constructed in Meroë, the third and final capital of the Kushite Kingdom, an ancient African civilization that ruled the lands of Nubia for over 3000 years....

Iraq to enhance friendly exchanges, cooperation with China: president

Xinhua 17 May 2022
Salih lauded the long-standing historical communications between Iraq and China, both with ancient civilizations, while vowing to boost the Iraq-China friendly ties, intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and deepen cooperation in jointly building the Belt and Road, so as to better benefit the two countries and peoples ... ■ ... president. ....

AJK PM seeks a detailed master plan for city upgradation

Urdu Point 17 May 2022
MIRPUR (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th May, 2022 ) ... Museums, libraries and feature walls of historical figures would be constructed to highlight the city's ancient civilizations. The meeting decided to build food streets, coffee shops and beautiful spots along the Jhelum and Neelum rivers ... .......

The roots of the 'great replacement theory' believed to fuel Buffalo suspect

Union Leader 17 May 2022
Some of the torch-bearing “Unite the Right” demonstrators, including Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis, who terrorized Charlottesville in 2017 were also motivated by the theory, which warns that an increase in the non-White population fueled by immigration will destroy White and Western civilization....

AJK PM for preparation of master plan for Muzaffarabad

Urdu Point 17 May 2022
MIRPUR (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th May, 2022 ) ... The meeting decided to conduct a grand operation in the city to rid it of the menace of encroachments ... Museums, libraries and feature walls of historical figures will be constructed to highlight the city's ancient civilizations ... .......

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