[LMB] OT: Backups using My Book Live

kbarry at bitsofhistory.com kbarry at bitsofhistory.com
Sun Jun 27 19:54:03 BST 2021


That and stirrups for cavalry. Also penicillin and he was working on gunpowder. (I believe the last may have involved the Roman piss pots. I recall they were part of one invention but cannot remember if it was gunpowder.)    

On Sun, 27 Jun 2021 08:48:52 -0600, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:

I remember one technology that he added was semaphore towers.

> On Jun 27, 2021, at 7:38 AM, kbarry at bitsofhistory.com wrote:
> Paper making in ancient Rome? In that case I would highly recommend "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague de Camp written in 1939.
> Despite being written 80+ years ago, it stands up very well today.
> The hero (an archaeologist by the name of Martin Padway) was accidentally transported to ancient Rome circa 535 AD, a time when Rome was under great pressure from outside forces and itself ruled by a succession of incompetent emperors. With no way back to his home timeline he decides that not letting the "Dark Ages" come to pass would be best way to ensure his survival. And one of the keys to making that happen would be to introduce the printing press to make books so common that knowledge would accumulate and not be lost from generation to generation.
> What you may find interesting are the sections where the author details Martin's effort to introduce both the printing press and useable, mass produced, paper. It could be done, but it may not be as easy as you think.

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