I recommend this blog by a Roman & Medieval Era historian. Lots of wonderful analysis of pop culture from a historical lens. Particularly good are his analysis of The Battle of Helms Deep and The Siege of Gondor (both book and move), as well as his recent analysis of Europa Universalis 4...
Are there any Late Ancient Era maps available?
I saw one for 117AD on the wiki, but I'd like to have later maps as well. I want to try making a Lex Arcana inspired low fantasy map, where the Romans expanded down the Red Sea.
You guys know those Wikimedia Eastern hemisphere maps? The ones that show the borders for every century?
Here's an example of the 13th century https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:East-Hem_1200ad.jpg
Does anyone know where I can find the base, blank map of that?
Hi, DominusNovus. I hope you're doing well.
I made a new post in that thread about a Roman Suez canal. I think I found by far the most likely moment in time it could have been contemplated and carried.
Was wondering what you think...
Gunpowder was discovered by chance, but I don't think the rest of the advances you listed occured becauee of gunpowder. It would eventually have been discovered with the development of modern chemistry in the 18th century.
So, I was looking at the history of Roman contact with Arabian Felix and the perfect point of departure would seem to be the failure of the expedition by Gallus to modern Yemen. This failed in large part due to supply difficulties...
Late medieval Europe made some very powerful crossbows, but they were difficult to reload, firing twice a minute at best.
The Chinese made repeating crossbows, but they were not powerful and relied on poison to kill.
Given our much greater understanding of engineering and physics, was it...