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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Someone Call Christopher Nolan, Because Now Even Hollywood Directors Are Being Asked How Often They Think Of The Roman Empire

Cinema Blend 02 Oct 2023
How often do you think about the Roman Empire? Surprisingly, to everyone but men, many have responded by claiming they ponder the ancient civilization daily or multiple times a week ... How often do I think of Ancient Rome? Quite a lot, as the Roman Republic served as the example for ......

China's National Day: A remarkable journey of achievements

China Daily 02 Oct 2023
In the grand tapestry of time, this nation has woven a story of incredible progress and innovation, transforming itself from an ancient civilization into a global powerhouse. In the decades following its founding on October 1, 1949, China has undergone a profound transformation, leaving an indelible mark on the world stage ... Economic triumphs. ... ....

Double Take -- Giese: System focused on removing remote risk of injustice to criminals

Telegraph Herald 01 Oct 2023
The word “justice” probably shouldn’t be used to describe our (or any) system of criminal or civil law. The concept of justice has been debated since at least the time of Plato and other ancient Greek philosophers. True justice requires ... ....

(W.E. Talk) Flora Botton: Why should people know about ancient China and modern China as ...

ECNS 01 Oct 2023
In ancient times, “sinologists” were scholars who spread Chinese culture by learning and translating Chinese ... One of the distinctive characters of Chinese civilization is its continuity ... Now Greece belongs to the western civilization,but modern Greece does not have much to do with ancient Greece ... The continuity of civilization is the wonder of China....

The China-UNESCO Alliance: A Blueprint for Global Peace and Development

Beijing Times 01 Oct 2023
Celebrating the Richness of Civilizations. At the heart of President Xi’s message is the acknowledgment of the world’s diverse tapestry of civilizations. China, with one of the longest recorded histories and a treasure trove of ancient cultures, is keenly aware of its role as a guardian of this heritage....

Elvis Is Back in the Building, Thanks to Generative AI - and U2

Slashdot 01 Oct 2023
U2's inaugural performance at the opening of Las Vegas's Sphere included a generative AI video collage projected hundreds of feet into the air — showing hundreds of surreal renderings of Elvis Presley ... "Elvis Presley in attire inspired by the extravagance of ancient Egypt and fabled lost civilizations in a blissful state ... ....

Cardiovascular Health and Lifestyle: Combatting the Rise in Heart Disease

Beijing Times 01 Oct 2023
Over the past three decades, cardiovascular disease has seen a concerning rise, with fatalities climbing from 12.1 million in 1990 to a staggering 20.5 million in 2021. The aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic further aggravated this scenario ... Dr ... Dr ... Yet, Dr ... Showcasing China’s Rich Historical Legacy in Salt Industry and Ancient Civilizations .......

Legacy of the Silk Road: Cultural Exhibit Marks BRI’s Decade

Beijing Times 30 Sep 2023
... that blossomed along the ancient Silk Road ... Eloquent presentations from cultural heritage research institutions across China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the UAE further highlight the harmonious dialogue among civilizations that once thrived along these ancient trade pathways....

Unveiling the Aztecs: Mexico City’s Landmark Exhibit on Pre-Hispanic Artifacts

Beijing Times 30 Sep 2023
This unparalleled showcase offers visitors a deeper understanding of pre-Hispanic art and religious customs, redefining our perceptions of this ancient civilization ... There are also sculpted scepters, which historical accounts believe might have been held by deities in ancient rituals ... “A lot of them symbolize warriors who perished in battle....

OP-ED: What is a prothonotary and who are the candidates?

Observer-Reporter 30 Sep 2023
Accordingly, most jurisdictions have dropped the term prothonotary in favor of “civil clerk.” Wikipedia states that only four states, including Pennsylvania, have maintained the ancient title ... The prothonotary has administrative responsibility for keeping and maintaining all civil court documents....

10 ancient civil engineering projects still in use

Interesting Engineering 29 Sep 2023
There are few fields where this is more apparent than civil engineering ... But what are the oldest civil engineering projects we know of? Let's find out....

CMG's 2023 Mid-Autumn Festival Gala: Family bonds shine under full moon

Independent online (SA) 29 Sep 2023
... in ancient Chinese poems. In ancient Chinese history, poetry held the highest literary regard ... The gala presented programs highlighting the five enduring cultural symbols deeply rooted in Chinese history, offering a glimpse into the ancient civilization along the Yangtze River....

Global experts explore common human values in Confucius' hometown

People Daily 29 Sep 2023
Participants have offered high commendation for the China-proposed Global Civilization Initiative this year, expressing strong agreement with promoting mutual values of humanity ... "By studying ancient philosophy, we understand the growth of different civilizations because the Confucian civilization differs from Western civilizations....