Which nation was stronger in their own time? Had there been more direct contact between Han China and Imperial Rome what would have happened to history as we know it? Who would win in a drunken brawl between empires?
>Had there been more direct contact between Han China and Imperial Rome what would have happened to history as we know it?
A few more mildly interesting curios.
>Who would win in a drunken brawl between empires?
Like most drunken brawls, it would be sad, pathetic, and basically amount to both parties failing to achieve anything that could be called fighting, and getting all their friends in trouble.
>Is there something up with that map projection?
yes, most of these maps are messed up.
Puppet states and tributaries are more useful than having to do the administering and shit yourselves.
Armenia was useful to Rome as a puppet state, once annexed it was much less useful as a buffer and a drain on resources.
>>Why the fuck would you bother conquering the Sinai?
To satisfy my autism and not having a huge gap in their territory like that.
Also it'd be useful to control the canal of the pharaohs to move boats from the Mediterranean to the Red sea.
The Chinese and Romans were in contact with each other
Chinese notes about Rome:
>Their kings are not permanent. They select and appoint the most worthy man. If there are unexpected calamities in the kingdom, such as frequent extraordinary winds or rains, he is unceremoniously rejected and replaced. The one who has been dismissed quietly accepts his demotion, and is not angry. The people of this country are honest. They resemble the Chinese, and that is why the country is called Da Qin (大秦, The "Great" Qin) ... The soil produced lots of gold, silver, and rare jewels, including the jewel which shines at night ... they sew embroidered tissues with gold threads to form tapestries and damask of many colours, and make a gold-painted cloth, and a "cloth washed-in-the-fire"
>It is from this country that all the various marvellous and rare objects of foreign states come.
I've been noticing a lot of maps out there with the borders of Italian Libya all fucked up. Some show it with modern Libya's borders, others like that, and others with little inconsistencies.
Did the colonial Sahara ever actually have formalized borders?
You know the Canal wasn't around in the Roman Empire? Of course, you do.
Rome has a more professional army and a higher industrial output.
In an even war they would win, but an actual conflict would be laughable because controlling the conquered territory would be impossible.
It's been around since at least the 6th century BC, anon