Is there a culture on Earth more grand than Ancient Egypt?

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    Everything they did was on a scale so grand that nothing today can compete. Rome comes close and some of the castles in England are pretty amazing but they just can't compete with Egyptian grandeur.
    It saddens me to know that something so amazing is so far away and so dangerous to visit.
    Some of the things they accomplished still can't be explained or accomplished today, even with modern technology.
    Arguably the pinnacle of human achievement as far as architecture goes in my opinion. I work with natural stone quite regularly and even with my laser guided equipment I can not achieve anything remotely close to what they did with geometrical lay outs and precision.

    Maybe it's just the stone mason in me but I am fasinated by their culture and achievements with such limited technology. I can create some beautiful works of art with limestone, granite & marble but only on a single plane and only for a dozen or so feet.
     
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    Why would you need laser equipment with limestone masonry? You twas a tile layer a couple of years ago..
     
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    I've been more than a tile guy for the last 15 years. I do it all. I create a lot of custom 3d stone architecture for high end customers. Fireplaces is where i shine with the mantels & columns but im not limited to that.
    The custom creativity started for me when a Chinese company that deals in high end slab fabrication moved to the states and opened a showroom here in KC.
    They contracted me to do their showroom and the centerpiece was a 3 dimensional flowing American flag. I spent two weeks on that thing and was amazed at my abilities.
    I can't explain it in technical terms because I'm not smart enough but the lasers I use allow me to create things that have a repeating side with great precision.
    You want a badass stone centerpiece in your home, I'm your guy.
     
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    Egyptians built temples and walls still standing today WITHOUT morter. Joints so tight a human hair won't fit between them. I can't do that with my laser equipment. Even with modern technology perfect right angles one next to/on top of the other?
    Not gonna happen.
     
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    I've been hewing and laying stone for 30 years. When I started as a bricklayer in '83 we still built fireboxes from fire brick and a can of fire mortar...Then build the rest..But now it's mostly all zero clearance and stupid triple tin flues on wood burning inserts....Blah,, blah.....Cheap shit for a high price is the game here....
     
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    Many impressive cultures in history, Greece, China, France among many. In the annals of history though, Americas loyalty to a 250 year old constitution may be about as impressive as any pyramid or Great Wall.
     
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    I disagree.

    250 years < thousands
     
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    IDK. Not sure I could choose. Ever seen the automatic servant of Philo?
    The automatic servant of Philon (the first operating robot of humanity)

    If you drank wine straight then you were considered an alcoholic. It was mixed with water. Is that not cool or what? Dood. I can just see a time in the night where the water was turned off.

    That said, so much has been lost through wars and earthquakes there are buildings and stuff we can only read about now. Almost all of antiquity it is awesome-sauce.

    I have a deep fascination with Alexandria--more Greek than Egyptian.
     
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    250 years plus of excessive and defended individual freedom while the rest of the world becomes more socialist, Big Government and destroys the right of the individual is far more impressive than a physical structure in my opinion.
     
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    If America lasts for 3 or 4 thousand years then you'll have a point.
     

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