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2013-09-06 01:17:37 PM  
I didn't see it in TFA -- what did he say about Rincewind?
 
2013-09-06 01:43:04 PM  

Sliding Carp: I didn't see it in TFA -- what did he say about Rincewind?


[urinating dog]
 
2013-09-06 01:47:04 PM  
be sure to stay for the "Total War 23: Romans vs Chinese" discussion below the article.
 
2013-09-06 01:48:06 PM  
"They can produce fire from their mouths, bind and then free themselves, and juggle twelve balls with extraordinary skill."

In short, these Romans sure know how to throw one hell of an orgy.
 
2013-09-06 02:20:35 PM  

Sliding Carp: I didn't see it in TFA -- what did he say about Rincewind?


Annnnd that's all that was needed to be said.
 
2013-09-06 02:28:06 PM  

brap: "They can produce fire from their mouths, bind and then free themselves, and juggle twelve balls with extraordinary skill."

In short, these Romans sure know how to throw one hell of an orgy.


Phallus Maximi Africanus Sashacus Grey Anus.
 
2013-09-06 02:36:53 PM  
Blog derives from "Web log."

I think this was more of a diary (look it up!), unless China was way more advanced than we give them credit for.
 
2013-09-06 02:43:04 PM  

lostcat: Blog derives from "Web log."

I think this was more of a diary (look it up!), unless China was way more advanced than we give them credit for.


It was originally written on a "lightning powered abacus."
 
2013-09-06 02:44:49 PM  
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This region has pine trees, cypress, sophora, catalpa, bamboo, reeds, poplars, willows, parasol trees, and all sorts of plants. The people cultivate the five grains [traditionally: rice, glutinous and non-glutinous millet, wheat and beans], and they raise horses, mules, donkeys, camels and silkworms.



was he exaggerating for the home audience or did Rome actually have bamboo and make their own silk?
 
2013-09-06 02:55:20 PM  
From TFA: "Third-century China got around the ancient world. They even made it to the Roman Empire, and wrote down their thoughts on these strange foreigners in the Weilüe"

From Wikipedia:

"Yu Huan does not mention his sources in the text that has survived. Some of this new data presumably came to China via traders from the Roman Empire (Da Qin),  Land communications with the West apparently continued relatively uninterrupted to the northern state of Wei after the fall of the Han Dynasty."

"Yu Huan apparently never left China, but he collected a large amount of information on the countries to the west of China including Parthia, India, and the Roman Empire,  and the various routes to them. Some of this information had reached China well before Yu Huan's time, and can also be found in the sections dealing with the 'Western Regions' of the Shiji, the Hanshu, and the Hou Hanshu."
 
2013-09-06 02:56:20 PM  

Sliding Carp: I didn't see it in TFA -- what did he say about Rincewind?


And were done here...
 
2013-09-06 03:37:00 PM  
Who's D?
 
2013-09-06 03:41:23 PM  
Your blog sucks
 
2013-09-06 04:06:42 PM  

Sliding Carp: I didn't see it in TFA -- what did he say about Rincewind?


He was quoted as saying: "Stercus Stercus Stercus moriturus sum "

It's a mantra to stir up the wizardly fluxes.
 
2013-09-06 04:10:25 PM  

Magorn: .
This region has pine trees, cypress, sophora, catalpa, bamboo, reeds, poplars, willows, parasol trees, and all sorts of plants. The people cultivate the five grains [traditionally: rice, glutinous and non-glutinous millet, wheat and beans], and they raise horses, mules, donkeys, camels and silkworms.


was he exaggerating for the home audience or did Rome actually have bamboo and make their own silk?


He says "silk from wild cocoons" it is possible to get silk from wild cocoons but Romans didn't cultivate them like the Chinese did. That's why later on he says that they would get Chinese silk and unravel it for the thread.

And I think bamboo was probably misidentified or some plant just looked like bamboo. Early explorers and writers did that all the time. Marco Polo called crocodiles dragons and tigers lions even though he was an experienced Venetian trader and knew perfectly well what they were. It could also be an artifact of both the age and translation of the writing. His meaning of bamboo might not have been the specific group of plants we think of today.

The Romans tried to get in contact with China several times. One emperor even dispatched a legion to march to China although they most likely died in eastern Persia.
 
2013-09-06 04:15:07 PM  

Magorn: was he exaggerating for the home audience or did Rome actually have bamboo and make their own silk?


I believe there was enough demand for Chinese silk in the later Roman Empire that the amount of Roman currency sent east to pay for it caused a deflationary tendency.
 
2013-09-06 04:16:45 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Magorn: .
This region has pine trees, cypress, sophora, catalpa, bamboo, reeds, poplars, willows, parasol trees, and all sorts of plants. The people cultivate the five grains [traditionally: rice, glutinous and non-glutinous millet, wheat and beans], and they raise horses, mules, donkeys, camels and silkworms.


was he exaggerating for the home audience or did Rome actually have bamboo and make their own silk?

He says "silk from wild cocoons" it is possible to get silk from wild cocoons but Romans didn't cultivate them like the Chinese did. That's why later on he says that they would get Chinese silk and unravel it for the thread.
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And I think bamboo was probably misidentified or some plant just looked like bamboo. Early explorers and writers did that all the time. Marco Polo called crocodiles dragons and tigers lions even though he was an experienced Venetian trader and knew perfectly well what they were. It could also be an artifact of both the age and translation of the writing. His meaning of bamboo might not have been the specific group of plants we think of today.

The Romans tried to get in contact with China several times. One emperor even dispatched a legion to march to China although they most likely died in eastern Persia.


Unless they actrually reached China and was the mysterious group of pale skinned foreign fighters who used the "fish scale" formation that the Chinese wrote about
 
2013-09-06 04:30:00 PM  

Magorn: The Romans tried to get in contact with China several times. One emperor even dispatched a legion to march to China although they most likely died in eastern Persia.

Unless they actrually reached China and was the mysterious group of pale skinned foreign fighters who used the "fish scale" formation that the Chinese wrote about


Cool thanks. I was looking for a link to it.
 
2013-09-06 04:36:12 PM  

Magorn: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Magorn: .
This region has pine trees, cypress, sophora, catalpa, bamboo, reeds, poplars, willows, parasol trees, and all sorts of plants. The people cultivate the five grains [traditionally: rice, glutinous and non-glutinous millet, wheat and beans], and they raise horses, mules, donkeys, camels and silkworms.


was he exaggerating for the home audience or did Rome actually have bamboo and make their own silk?

He says "silk from wild cocoons" it is possible to get silk from wild cocoons but Romans didn't cultivate them like the Chinese did. That's why later on he says that they would get Chinese silk and unravel it for the thread.
u
And I think bamboo was probably misidentified or some plant just looked like bamboo. Early explorers and writers did that all the time. Marco Polo called crocodiles dragons and tigers lions even though he was an experienced Venetian trader and knew perfectly well what they were. It could also be an artifact of both the age and translation of the writing. His meaning of bamboo might not have been the specific group of plants we think of today.

The Romans tried to get in contact with China several times. One emperor even dispatched a legion to march to China although they most likely died in eastern Persia.

Unless they actrually reached China and was the mysterious group of pale skinned foreign fighters who used the "fish scale" formation that the Chinese wrote about


Oh, is that the Marcus Crassus legend again? Turns out there might be a grain of truth there. I like the theory that says they made it to Mexico.
 
2013-09-06 04:57:45 PM  

phyrkrakr: Magorn: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Magorn: .
This region has pine trees, cypress, sophora, catalpa, bamboo, reeds, poplars, willows, parasol trees, and all sorts of plants. The people cultivate the five grains [traditionally: rice, glutinous and non-glutinous millet, wheat and beans], and they raise horses, mules, donkeys, camels and silkworms.


was he exaggerating for the home audience or did Rome actually have bamboo and make their own silk?

He says "silk from wild cocoons" it is possible to get silk from wild cocoons but Romans didn't cultivate them like the Chinese did. That's why later on he says that they would get Chinese silk and unravel it for the thread.
u
And I think bamboo was probably misidentified or some plant just looked like bamboo. Early explorers and writers did that all the time. Marco Polo called crocodiles dragons and tigers lions even though he was an experienced Venetian trader and knew perfectly well what they were. It could also be an artifact of both the age and translation of the writing. His meaning of bamboo might not have been the specific group of plants we think of today.

The Romans tried to get in contact with China several times. One emperor even dispatched a legion to march to China although they most likely died in eastern Persia.

Unless they actrually reached China and was the mysterious group of pale skinned foreign fighters who used the "fish scale" formation that the Chinese wrote about

Oh, is that the Marcus Crassus legend again? Turns out there might be a grain of truth there. I like the theory that says they made it to Mexico.


They had ships capable of crossing the atlantic back then? I thought those ships had trouble staying afloat in a puddle.
 
2013-09-06 05:23:38 PM  

Cubansaltyballs: brap: "They can produce fire from their mouths, bind and then free themselves, and juggle twelve balls with extraordinary skill."

In short, these Romans sure know how to throw one hell of an orgy.

Phallus Maximi Africanus Sashacus Grey Anus.


costumenetwork.com
 
2013-09-06 05:31:30 PM  

Smoking GNU: phyrkrakr: Magorn: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Magorn: .
This region has pine trees, cypress, sophora, catalpa, bamboo, reeds, poplars, willows, parasol trees, and all sorts of plants. The people cultivate the five grains [traditionally: rice, glutinous and non-glutinous millet, wheat and beans], and they raise horses, mules, donkeys, camels and silkworms.


was he exaggerating for the home audience or did Rome actually have bamboo and make their own silk?

He says "silk from wild cocoons" it is possible to get silk from wild cocoons but Romans didn't cultivate them like the Chinese did. That's why later on he says that they would get Chinese silk and unravel it for the thread.
u
And I think bamboo was probably misidentified or some plant just looked like bamboo. Early explorers and writers did that all the time. Marco Polo called crocodiles dragons and tigers lions even though he was an experienced Venetian trader and knew perfectly well what they were. It could also be an artifact of both the age and translation of the writing. His meaning of bamboo might not have been the specific group of plants we think of today.

The Romans tried to get in contact with China several times. One emperor even dispatched a legion to march to China although they most likely died in eastern Persia.

Unless they actrually reached China and was the mysterious group of pale skinned foreign fighters who used the "fish scale" formation that the Chinese wrote about

Oh, is that the Marcus Crassus legend again? Turns out there might be a grain of truth there. I like the theory that says they made it to Mexico.

They had ships capable of crossing the atlantic back then? I thought those ships had trouble staying afloat in a puddle.


No No, they ended up in Caulderon with Tavi as their leader.
 
2013-09-06 06:04:51 PM  
Ma

made it to Rome alive, but without my luggage.  My Won has been valued at .01 denari this makes everything very expencive.  I have taken a job in a laundery to make ends meet.  Someone should open a noodle house, getting tired of eating hard boild eggs, mice and leeks.   Might audition for a play, something called Areana leonis.  they store wine in lead containers it makes it sweet!  the Emperor is named Theodophilous he is having all non Christians (not sure what that is) put to death, lots of blood.  Got to get back to work, as it takes a lot of cleaning to get the stains out of tunics after an orgy.

love
Son.
 
2013-09-06 06:22:11 PM  
Kongming would have crushed a hypothetical Roman invasion with Xuande's forces alone.

I loved all the people citing Sun Tzu's genius in that little blog. It's like saying the Apple IIe is the best computer ever because it was on of the first.
 
2013-09-06 06:22:54 PM  

Magorn: .
This region has pine trees, cypress, sophora, catalpa, bamboo, reeds, poplars, willows, parasol trees, and all sorts of plants. The people cultivate the five grains [traditionally: rice, glutinous and non-glutinous millet, wheat and beans], and they raise horses, mules, donkeys, camels and silkworms.


was he exaggerating for the home audience or did Rome actually have bamboo and make their own silk?


There is no bamboo native to Europe, though they could have imported it from Africa.

The west didn't get true silk until Justinian II of the Byzantine Empire, if memory serves.
 
2013-09-06 09:16:50 PM  

JolobinSmokin: No No, they ended up in Caulderon with Tavi as their leader.


You skipped quite a bit.
 
2013-09-06 09:47:45 PM  
Actually, I remember reading that a Chinese emporer sent an emissary to make contact with the Roman Empire.  After a journey of several years (he had been made a "guest" by one of the rulers along the Silk Road for a year or two) he was somewhere around the area around the eastern Black Sea and asked the locals how much further it was to Rome.  The locals, realizing that if the Chinese and the Romans developed direct contact, their business as middlemen on the Silk Road would be dead, told him that Rome was still several years travel away.  The  Chinese emissary said "screw it" and returned home.  There's a nice, condensed  book called  "The Silk Road" by Xinru Liu, that covers the trade between China and the West, during ancient times.
 
2013-09-07 12:34:27 AM  
Chinese tourists suck
 
2013-09-07 06:35:39 PM  

Sliding Carp: I didn't see it in TFA -- what did he say about Rincewind?


Came for a DW reference, left happy.
 
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