I tend to agree with the physicist from UNCC here that the Colosseum and other buildings that exhibit these "metamaterial" designs were probably self-selecting (in that they didn't fall down during earthquakes), but we definitely don't give the ancients enough credit with their engineering and scientific prowess... Scientists are hard at work developing real-world "invisibility … Continue reading Roman Earthquake Cloaking
Between the laughing statue, God kicking me with his toe, and the flamingo incident, I might have considered a course correction in my life's path had I been in Caligula's shoes... While the statue of Olympian Jupiter was being dismantled before removal to Rome at his command, it burst into such a roar of laughter … Continue reading It’s not like Caligula didn’t have some warning…
Fun read: As a writer of nonfiction, I can’t help but love writing’s roots in enumerating concrete objects and reality itself. The textual analyst part of me loves how Mesopotamian tokens were wrapped in clay envelopes after being impressed on the soft exterior – perhaps clay-wrapped tokens of meaning give rise to the notion that … Continue reading Was Writing Developed by Poets, Priests, our Accountants?
These agricultural feats managed to extend the life of the Egyptian empire about half a century longer than it might otherwise have lasted, according to the archaeologists. The lesson for our own civilization — which is likely to face increasingly severe droughts as humans change the climate far faster than nature has ever done — … Continue reading Cautionary Tale of Climate Change Prepping from Ancient Egypt and Bronze Age
James C. Scott is one of the scholars I always enjoy reading. I was introduced to his work Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts while in a (wonderful) seminary class on the Parables. The insightful connection that our beloved professor made between Jesus' acts and words in his performance of the parables with … Continue reading James C. Scott’s New Book
Fascinating... Roman Empire GDP Per Capita Map Shows That Romans Were Poorer Than Any Country in 2015 - Brilliant Maps: "What a difference 2,000 years makes. The map above shows the GDP per capita in 14AD of the various provinces of the Roman Empire in 1990 PPP Dollars. On average, the GDP per capita across … Continue reading Roman Empire GDP Per Capita