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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Photographs are the monuments of our online visual culture

The Art Newspaper 11 Jul 2020
They hearken, of course, to olden days—the Civil War, the American Revolution, and, further back, to the prototypes of imperial Europe and ancient Rome....

Art of an ancient civilization: Museum Center exhibit features rare Mayan treasures

Business Journal 10 Jul 2020
The Maya was a thriving civilization believed to have coalesced sometime around 1700 BC along the ......

In Your View: Think of what statues represent

The Daily Independent - Ashland 10 Jul 2020
Art is never neutral. History is never apolitical. We must remember that before we let fears of burned cities and broken monuments divide us. From the earliest days of the Roman Republic to the ancient civilization of Egypt, statues have been created and memorialized to honor various causes ... This is a cycle of history and we live in historical times ... ....

You Might Not Be Interested in China, But China Is Interested in You

The Algemeiner 10 Jul 2020
0 ... Goldman argues that to understand China, one has both to look at how it operates today and to examine the long-standing cultural patterns of a proud and distinct 5,000-year-old civilization ... Instead, Goldman argues that the Chinese are an ancient imperial civilization who expect to rule under a mandate from heaven and have the confidence to do so....

Making sense of mysteries to the end

Eagle-Tribune 08 Jul 2020
LAWRENCE — Lawrence library archivist Louise Sandberg was upstairs holding scissors and a sheet of paper when she got word she was wanted outside by the entrance. It was her last day of work before retirement ... She's been fascinated by ancient civilizations, especially the pyramids in Egypt, but gravitates to living people and has the common touch ... ....

Mass Effect 5 Needs to Expand on Andromeda's Biggest Mystery

Game Rant 08 Jul 2020
But with their influence on the galaxy clearly running deep, and Mass Effect ... RELATED ... Initially, the Jardaan come across as Andromeda’s answer to the Protheans, one of the most powerful species of the original Mass Effect backstory, and another ancient race that has left behind technology and hints of a past civilization throughout the galaxy ... MORE....

Sugaring vs. Waxing: What’s the Difference? An Esthetician Explains

Yahoo Daily News 08 Jul 2020
Done with shaving (razor bumps are no jokes) and considering alternatives like waxing or sugaring? We have you covered. Even though both services remove body and facial hair in a similar fashion, they have some key differences ... Spoiler alert ... “Sugaring dates back to the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece ... Ingredients ... Forms ... Forms ... ....

DAVE BELTON: It is far easier to destroy than to build

The Citizens 07 Jul 2020
Judge Johnson has too many truly important accolades for me to count, including many historic, ground-breaking civil-rights firsts ... Of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, only one now exists ... Just a year ago, several priceless ancient colossal Hindu edifices were destroyed by radical extremists....

Something to consider about K-12 education during a pandemic, or any time really.

Democratic Underground 07 Jul 2020
The caveat to this post is that I am addressing a very narrow topic concerning education ... * children under foot for those working at home ... I had the ancient civilizations drilled into me and never encountered substantive US history until 7th freaking grade because each school system I transferred to had world history in my grade's curriculum ... ....

Muti conducts Syria musicians in memorial concert amid ruins

Federal News Radio 06 Jul 2020
Muti launched the Roads of Friendship concert series in 1997 in Sarajevo, shortly after Bosnia’s 1992-1995 civil war ended, and has since traveled to cities wounded by war, including Beirut, as well as in ancient and historic sites to “reestablish ties” with places that have made ......

Putin’s Empire Strikes Back

National Review 06 Jul 2020
the Treaty of Westphalia. Naturally, the signatories did not realize the impact of their contribution to history ... Huntington would later call a “clash of civilizations,” competing states would not concern themselves with one another’s spiritual doctrines, symbolic rituals, and local particularisms ... Gone were ancient city-states and civilizations....

Soto: 'Strenuous labor' of ending racism shouldn't be 'toppled' by looting

Hawaii Catholic Herald 06 Jul 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) -- By defacing and toppling a statue of St ... "This legacy is heartbreaking." ... Bishop Soto's remarks echoed those of Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H ... Junipero Serra ... "The exploitation of America's first peoples, the destruction of their ancient civilizations, is a historic tragedy," Archbishop Gomez wrote ... ....

PlayMonster Invites Kids to Build to Battle in an Epic New Mission with the Launch ...

Longview News-Journal 06 Jul 2020
BELOIT, Wis., July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Welcome to the future, where the world is under constant attack from a brutal alien threat ... Along the way, The Forge discovers mysterious UJU tech, left behind by an ancient civilization, that can be added to their Snap Ships to give them unheard-of abilities ... "The Snap Ships app brings that fantasy to life....