Being predatory birds with a cool aesthetic, eagles have a noble, powerful image
Its prominent use by the ebinly prestigious Roman Empire allowed it to spread
A lot of the uses are connected to countries trying to emulate Rome: Byzantines, Third Reich, Imperial Russia (muh Third Rome), etc.
Funny thing is, especially in relation to America, is bald eagles are such pussies
I see them get harassed by crows and seagulls
they all do lol
that's part of their sexiness
Eagle was the symbol of Jupiter. Romans thought he was the best and greatest god, so they used his animal as a standard.
Everyone else who used it wanted to show that same sense of grandeur as Rome.
Eagles are sneaky, powerful creatures with their only fault being mortality. They, and the people who emulate them, are bound by the shackles of life
It's almost as if all Western cultures are the cultural offspring of Rome.
Both Empires and Republics draw inspiration from Rome. The Eagle was the representation of Jupiter. Also when powerful men died, especially the emperor it was thought his would be carried by an eagle to the afterlife.
For Arab nations the Eagle is a symbol of Saladin, although there is no mention of Saladin using an eagle symbol. A depiction of an eagle was found on site said to be Saladin's palace 100 years ago, and since then its been a symbol of Arab nationalism. Even though ironically Saladin was a Kurd.
It's not that surprising that people who were basically stuck on land were amazed by a creature that could fly, and would also pick the king of the birds as their symbol.
As I understand it, Bald Eagles are Sea Eagles which primarily hunt fish. Meanwhile Golden Eagles are known to hunt wolves and Wedge Tailed Eagles sometimes team up to kill the shit out of Kangaroos....the big red ones on steroids.
I mean... yeah?
How wasn't it?
It used the same official languages (Greek and Latin), it was a direct continuation of Rome, it featured the same state apparatus (Senators, emperors, you name it), it was recognized as the Roman empire by the west for centuries (Before it became politically expedient to declare a German king Roman Emperor), it was recognized as Rome by the east (Including of course Persia, who had dealt with Roman for centuries when the split happened, and in total would deal with it for over a millennium) until it fell, it identified itself as Roman, it used Roman laws, it was culturally similar, it was similar in religion, and on and on it goes.
How was it not Roman?
Eh no? They are the same SPECIES, not the same animal.
Let me understand, you got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who's having sex with the hen? You see my point here? You only hear of a hen, a rooster and a chicken. Something's missing!
Rome started it. Ever since they fell Rome has been revered as the ultimate in power and glory, ergo everyone from the Byzantines, Holy Roman Empire, Napoleon, Nazis, Americans, and half the other fucking countries in the world draw on it to denote both a link to Rome and to draw upon Rome's innate greatness.
it was to a point, the Roman empire split between east and west. While the eastern segment survived the fall of Western Rome, they were not quite the same as Rome. Their capital wasn't rome, they did not follow the Roman Catholic Church and they were predominantely Greek rather than latin. It is kind of like if the British Empire fell and Australia declared itself to be the new Britain, its not entirely false, but also not entirely accurate.
tl;dr Byzantium is a continuation of Rome, but underwent enough changes that it could and is often considered a separate entity.
>I want a cool-looking animal to put on my banner
>what about a lion....
>hmmm, but they can't fly, so not so cool...
>I guess I 'll pick a bird
>what's the strongest and coolest bird....
>ah it's the eagle of course
>eagle it is
The eagle was the animal of both Zeus and Jupiter. SPQR probably adopted the eagle because of it.
And the eagle is probably there from some kind of PIE religion and that 's reasonable because it's the "strongest" bird.
Besides what has already been said about how it's a powerfull and respectable bird of prey, the very image of the eagle has the potential to be extremely symmetric. I believe this to be the single major reason for it to be present in so many flags. Most other animals and, hell, even stuff don't look half as good in a frontal position.
And how good something looks is and always was one of the things we, humans, care the most on this cosmos.
>It was used in Germany plenty as they were a remnant of the original Roman Empire
>Holy-Protestant scum in the north and pussywhipped Catholics in the souh
>Empire-Confederation of bickering small kingdoms
>UK has lion heraldry
>lions never existed in the British isles
I prefer the dragon as a symbol.
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pic related, buenos aires city's flag
Best symbol of power coming through.
Eagles are glorious
You have a big ass bird with bad ass sharp claws that don't fuck around, mainly eating what it wants. The fly where they want, and look fleek AF doing it, and humans what that kind of badassery and power so we use them to project what we want to be.
>On all levels except physical, I am an eagle.
Not all nations with eagles were all that successful
>Not having an Albatross on your flag like the best Argentine province
Pretty much all pagan religions had the sky god as his chief god. Eagle is the biggest and meanest animal in the sky. Eagle = Zeus/Tengri/Ohrmazd/Whoever.
So the romans adopt the big bird like literally everyone else. Centuries later, everyone with some roman cultural heritage does the same.
I like dragon symbols like the one of Bhutan but the qing one is ridiculous t.b.h.
The Qing Dragon is bretty important as it is the highest rank of dragon in Sinic Symbology: Blue and five clawed dragon.
It stems from a Chinese Law that the Emperor's symbol shall be a five clawed dragon.
The rest are as follows
-4 claws for imperial family members
-3 for commoners.
Which meant that prior the use of national flags, the symbol of China was a five clawed dragon. The ruling affected other Asian countries to the point that nobody else will ever do a 5 clawed dragon.
It would be the equivalent of copying the American Flag as your own.