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ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

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medievalpoc:

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.

Taking account of seasonal variation and accommodating a wide range of modes and means of transport, ORBIS reveals the true shape of the Roman world and provides a unique resource for our understanding of premodern history.

Not gonna lie, this is kind of amazing.

Basically, you can plan a trip from Rome to Alexandria, and get an estimate of journey time, expense of trip, the supplies you’ll need….let’s just say it’s better than Oregon Trail:

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Does this mean that we could plan our pilgrimage via amphibious kayak?!?

As long as you plan to do it two thousand years ago.

Which apparently might be possible since some of my readers found a Medieval TARDIS:

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Although…. the dress code for Medieval TARDIS travel might be slightly problematic.

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Sheaves by Elizabeth Shippen Green

Edith had now come to the river bank, and stood there in silence of soul, hardly listening to but just receiving into herself that magical song, which seemed to concentrate and kindle into one flow of melody all the music that the world held. It did not speak of, but it  was the eternity of youth, the immutability of love; the everlasting beauty of the world was there, so that age and decay and death ceased to be. And that voice  was the voice of all nature, and in silence she sang with it.

from “Sheaves”, by E. F. Benson

hookersorcake:

360 degree view from my 21st floor suite
Out of darkness Las Vegas bloomsa ridiculous neon flowerattracting every sugar soakedbuzzing fantasy
Everywhere I look I’m tauntedby the illusion of instant fulfillment
the taste of electric skinthe sounds of winningthe nostril flaring fuckof power and incessant sex
Jackpot!
Hell, right now I’d settle for losingrather than the winningbe exposed as the tedious scamit always is
In the end the desertcrawls another mile into silencethe wind erases the sheenthe sun exposes everything
the sands of time glitterlike fools goldlike the seductive notion  that winning and losingare two different things
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hookersorcake:

360 degree view from my 21st floor suite

Out of darkness Las Vegas blooms
a ridiculous neon flower
attracting every sugar soaked
buzzing fantasy

Everywhere I look I’m taunted
by the illusion of instant fulfillment

the taste of electric skin
the sounds of winning
the nostril flaring fuck
of power and incessant sex

Jackpot!

Hell, right now I’d settle for losing
rather than the winning
be exposed as the tedious scam
it always is

In the end the desert
crawls another mile into silence
the wind erases the sheen
the sun exposes everything

the sands of time glitter
like fools gold
like the seductive notion 
that winning and losing
are two different things

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