|Fig.1: Stuff like this was a prime target for those Europeans and their label makers.|
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Ayutthaya Kingdom of Thailand
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Battle of Zama (video)
Here is my first MS Paint Reenactment, wherein I use the latest in technological advancements to dramatically portray the decisive battle of the Second Punic War. The tactical decisions made by the Carthaginian Hannibal and the Roman Scipio at the Battle of Zama remain a classic testament to the strategies of war, and their maneuvers are beautifully demonstrated here with jaw-dropping visuals and stunning clarity. The carnage of the fighting is portrayed with such realism that this video is not recommended for small children or pregnant women. Or small pregnant children women.
MS Paint Reenactments: Battle of Zama
Friday, October 10, 2014
MARCO?! Oh, there you are. Sometimes I have trouble finding my audience for this blog. Thank goodness someone like Marco Polo (fig.1) once lived so we can annoy the crap out of people by repeating his name! Of course, the man had other achievements outside his delightfully rhyming moniker. For 24 years, this Venetian merchant traveled across Asia with this father and uncle, mostly under the employ of the famous Mongol ruler, Kublai Khan. While he was hardly the first European man to visit China, he achieved fame by describing his journey in his book commonly known as The Travels of Marco Polo, which was essentially one long Christmas letter bragging about his family vacation (everyone has that friend, don't they?). Though his outrageous stories were disputed even back then, many found the tales of mystical lands beyond their reach to be extremely fascinating, and might just have helped kick of the Age of Exploration that Europeans so love (and everyone else rues) to this day.
|Fig.1: "Okay, fine: POLO! What do you |
want from me?"
Composed by Sima Dave circa Friday, October 10, 2014 No comments:
Labels: China, exploration, Genoa, Italy, Kublai Khan, Maffeo Polo, Marco Polo, Medieval China, Medieval Europe, Niccolo Polo, Venice, Yuan Dynasty
Setting: Beijing, China
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