ORBIS, the Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, is pretty damn amazing: 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 […]


Meeting real Romans

I’ve very much enjoyed Mary Beard’s latest documentary series, Meet the Romans. To viewers familiar with Roman history, here are no great revelations here – then again, that’s not the point. There are no detailed biographies of great emperors, though there are amusing anecdotes. Instead, Beard’s deeply accessible reconstruction of Roman culture is about those […]