It's the AESTHETICS that go hand in hand with mighty empires that gets me going. The architecture of Nazi Germany, the Viking ships, the Spartan helmets. The weapons, the shields, the King's crown. And the ceremonies: the man becoming a knight, the prince becoming a king, the disgraced Samurai committing seppuku. The Nazis understood the power of ceremony VERY well. We've all seen pictures or video of thousands upon thousands of Germans holding candles at night awaiting the Fuhrer - I imagine if you were there it was probably one of the most overwhelming experiences of your life.