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Posted on 07/11/2004 9:34:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Yeah, I’m kinda afraid that’s the case. I wish more info were available (and research were done) regarding Roman-era (and earlier) seagoing contact with China. The Han court records contain reference to receiving a Roman envoy (probably a merchant) from the court of Marcus Aurelius, and the Chinese sent an expedition to the Persian Gulf just a few years after Trajan’s death (basically, it happened during the reign of Hadrian I believe).
Oh, wow, I’m reading these pings newest first, and just posted about “The City of Light”! :’)
That “Pope Joan” reaction was exactly what I had when I first saw the book yesterday. Turns out to be someone else. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be less than meets the eye, but still plan to read it, or parts of it. Y’know, the dirty parts...
I’m sure there were contacts in ancient times, quite possibly many and regular contacts along the (Indian Ocean) coast. But what we actually know, isn’t enough to fill a bookmark, never mind a book.
Ancient Mariners by Lionel Casson
is still the best! :)
I love that one, in fact, I’ll go so far as to recommend any Casson title without reading it. :’)
“A history book written in the 20’s and 30’s without all the leftist bias?”
I read it some time ago, so I don’t remember about any leftist bias, but I found H.G. Wells, “Outline of History” quite interesting. I think I had an edition that had been edited and reissued around that time.
I read 3 of the Velikovski books in the 1970’s. I was much impressed with his large collection of data, although I did not think his Venus/Mars hypothesis was correct. However, I certainly think there were serious extra-terrestrial disturbances that have strongly impacted our history.
H.G. Wells was something of a leftist, but I’ve never read his O of H, just some of his fiction (which I found pretty contrived and trivial).
this came in email:
regarding books on “tape”, that is, audiobooks — http://librivox.org/
[snip] LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer... Would you like to record chapters of books in the public domain? It’s easy to volunteer. All you need is a computer, some free recording software, and your own voice... LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. [end]
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