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ORBIS is a new “Google Maps for the ancient world” created at Stanford University. The online map shows the cost of travel, likely travel times, and trade routes in the Roman world. Modes of travel include “rapid military march,” “ox cart,” and “camel caravan.” It even adjusts for traveling during the different seasons of the year -

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http://www.innovationnewsdaily.com/1125-google-maps-ancient-...

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http://orbis.stanford.edu/
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Way cool.
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That'll come in handy the next time I'm in Italy.
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What IF?... you have a Roman 'bust' of someone that "projectile vomited" some meeple within a 'Coliseum'-bowl? "Like" that 'Skeeball'? whistle
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additional info link from Wilhammer's post:
http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/05/how-across-the-roman...
 
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The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. With it, a user can determine how long it will take to travel from any point in the Roman Empire to any other, as well as calculate the cost of transporting goods and people.


Someone in the other thread compared a current European trip to the same route as mapped out by Orbis:

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The same trip a couple of millenia ago (minus the train, of course) took 20 days and cost 1,700 denarii - four years' pay for a Roman legionary.


My personal reaction is that projects of this nature are fraught with danger, given they are extrapolating a lot of information and grossly simplifying things, though the danger is magnified by people taking the data they're looking at and trying to hard to relate it to the present day. There were also much more diverse effects on travel times, I should think - weather, local conditions, etc. An earthquake today is cleaned up relatively quickly. Infrastructure repairs 2,000 years ago - not so much. I would only adopt what they're proposing as the roughest guide possible. It's worth the effort of trying to examine the data - that is what history is - but the question should always be "how seriously should we take this?" The odds are that is will be about as accurate as astrology, computer dating, or predicting the next Super Bowl winner.
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Michael Dorosh wrote:
The odds are that is will be about as accurate as astrology, computer dating, or predicting the next Super Bowl winner.

RE Super Bowl? c'mon man, Carl's gotcher back:

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...predicting the next Super Bowl winner

Had a good feeling about the NY Giants after they beat the Jets week 15, then when they crushed the Cowboys in the final game of the season to make the playoffs they were my pick to win the SB.
Their defense was on a roll and starting to take over games, just like 2007, and Eli was much better and unflappable in pressure situations.

Yeah, they had the look....cool


Picking the Super Bowl winner at the end of the season isn't that much of a feat.

Post your prediction for 2013 right now, and we'll give you bragging rights if you manage to get it.

Get 2014 correct (this week) in addition to 2013, and we'll shower you in GG.

More to the point though, write a computer program that can get the prediction down. That you're smarter than your PC should not be a surprise to anyone here.
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