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:
i mean, i guess i can wear it as pajamas when texas goes into full on hell mode, but the uniboob leads to unfortunate boob sweat in my cleavage.
really the lesson to be learned here is that when you are a 38DDD/G there is nothing that will ever be fully comfortable.
so i got a free bra at work today bc they want us all to wear them and try it out because it’s a new style and they want us to tell people about how great it is.
unfortunately there is absolutely no support and gives me uniboob but wow it is super comfortable!! LIKE NOT WEARING A BRA AT ALL which is mostly the point but also why would i want to wear a bra just to feel like i am not wearing a bra?
worst pain imaginable
imagine that but it’s not your ankle it is the metal that is screwed into your ankle
Laura Benanti teaches a Master Class for young actors
The greatest tweet ever tweeted.
Truer words were never spoken.
Wally West’s arguments with Batman.
THIS. THIS IS WHY I LOVE WALLACE WEST. FUCK OFF BRUCE.
That last panel
Damn…… HE WENT IN ON BRUCE DOE
try to remember what you did with your free time before tumblr
#kids today #acting like fandom started in tumblr #let me tell you the tales of yahoo mailing lists and bb codes and message boards #let me tell you of power hungry moderators and bnfs#let me tell you of the domain of frank the goat before there was a rich text editor #this is the song of my people
Lifestyle photographer Grace Chon recently turned the camera on her 10-month-old baby Jasper and their 7-year-old rescue dog Zoey, putting them side-by-side in the some of the most adorable portraits ever.