Spanning one-ninth of the earth's circumference across three continents, the Roman Empire ruled a quarter of humanity through complex networks of political power, military domination and economic exchange. These extensive connections were sustained by premodern transportation and communication technologies that relied on energy generated by human and animal bodies, winds, and currents. Conventional maps that represent this world as it appears from space signally fail to capture the severe environmental constraints that governed the flows of people, goods and information. Cost, rather than distance, is the principal determinant of connectivity. For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.
posted by Blasdelb
on May 11, 2012 -
a water management system from C7th BC still in use today;is one of the wonders of the world, and keeps the desert alive.
This fascinating 17 min video
from UNESCO is a good introduction to the subject.
Cooling provided by Qanat’s is still in use in Yazd
Modern warfare scores a gigantic
fail in the battle for hearts and minds.
posted by adamvasco
on Feb 8, 2010 -
is a collection of many ancient, medieval and classic texts from all over the world, many of whom are hard to find anywhere, let alone on the internet. There are translations from Greek
, Old Norse
, Medieval Irish
, Old French
, Medieval Latin
and many more! As well as all that they have papers in medieval studies
and vaguely decadent
series. Adding to that there's a linguistics section
with wordlists and language flash cards in languages such as Icelandic
, Classical Armenian
and a whole bunch more. [flashcard links go to pdf files]
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 10, 2008 -
12 Byzantine Rulers
is a podcast lecture series about The Byzantine Empire by Lars Brownworth, a history teacher at The Stony Brook School on Long Island, New York. 1123 years of awesomeness ready to go onto your iPod! [iTunes link
posted by Kattullus
on May 11, 2007 -