THE WORLD HAS SEEN A LOT OF EMPIRES at this point. But you don’t really get a sense of how large they were. Sure, people said, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” But does that really give you a sense of how much of the world they ruled? Same with the Mongols: we imagine they only ruled over China. We don’t fully comprehend just how much of Asia — and even Europe — they brutalized in their short reign.
JustTheFlight.co.uk made this infographic mapping history’s greatest empires. It’ll give you the sense of the huge (The Spanish Empire) and the small (The Aztec Empire).