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Turning in their Graves
"These leaders would turn in their graves if they knew what caused their empires to fall. Let's travel through time and see what happens when we tell them."
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I whisper at a lonely grave: Your empire has crumbled due to incompetent leaders. The Kassites invaded from the east and the Hittites dominated the area for many years to come. Your code of laws was important in developing a system of social order, but it wasn't built to stop these invaders!
Rumble, rumble. Uh-oh, I think someone is turning in their grave! Who might this be and what empire did he rule over?
Chandragupta I - Gupta
Rameses II - Egyptian
Hammurabi - Babylonian
Genghis Khan - Mongolian
Moctezuma, your people may have pelted you with stones, but your empire still existed at your death. Your familial successors ruled shortly, but they were overcome by the Spanish. Your once mighty empire surrendered not only to the Spanish, but to the smallpox disease they brought with them.
I think I just felt a small tremor from beneath my feet. What empire's fall would cause that?
You may turn in your grave, or sarcophagus rather, great Rameses, if only you knew that your empire had been invaded by the likes of the Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans.
This tomb has an aura of revenge. For which land of which he was ruler would Rameses want his revenge?
The once mighty Soviet Empire is now just a distant memory. I sit at the embalmed remains of its first leader, telling him that his empire has collapsed.
I really hope he doesn't reach up and climb out of his tomb, for I would see every bit of it! Whose tomb in Moscow am I at?
This leader, originally from Macedonia, would surely turn in his grave in Alexandria if he found out that his empire stretching from Greece to India had been lost due to incapable heirs.
This empire, or dynasty rather, ruled China during the times of the Roman empire. Numerous trade routes were established, among them the illustrious Silk Road. This dynasty was also responsible for making Confucianism the official state philosophy.
I think I hear the long line of emperors, foremost the Emperor Wu, making rumbles. Which dynasty is moving beneath the earth?
Now I sit among the remnants of the Roman Empire, only this Roman entity has survived the barbarian attacks that felled Rome. The Roman emperor Constantine would surely not be pleased to hear that his precious creation had disbanded due to an influx of Muslim invasions.
Which empire's end would have Constantine so upset?
Holy Roman Empire
Now in the Hotel des Invalides, this leader knew that his empire in France had fallen to several nations conquering his lands. He had all but lost his lands in Russia, Germany, Spain, and Italy, when Paris finally fell.
Which leader led a great military force to conquer much of Europe, but was later exiled?
The Mauryan Empire began soon after the Empire of Alexander the Great dissolved. Its most revered leader, Ashoka, conquered many of the smaller provinces around him. Buddhist principles ruled this area for the time of his rule. After years of weak kings, the Mauryan Empire fell and Hinduism once again took its place.
Ashoka might have been angry, except for the fact that he renounced all violence. Which land did he rule?
I'm now in Iran, where this empire was prevalent. Xerxes, Cyrus, and Darius, all famous emperors, once ruled these lands.
Which empire's fall might cause them to turn in their graves?
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Compiled May 21 13