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Generally speaking, Pytheas of Massalia had an apparently undeserved reputation as a "liar of the first magnitude" during antiquity. Much of what we know of this comes from Strabo, who is incidentally Pytheas' most vocal critic. Strabo argues against the authenticity of the Massilian's reports primarily based on the dimensions of Great Britain and the ...


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A lot has to do with the successor states that were spawned by the respective countries. Rome spawned a number of successor states in western Europe (albeit a millennium later) that created the printing press, and one of the offshoots of these western European states was America, which created the Internet. The Sumerians may have been among the first to ...


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I conjecture that there is one more reason. The historians you mention belong to the "Western European/North American" culture. It is a direct descendant of the Roman empire (in the cultural sense). Perhaps if you read Persian historians you obtain a different picture. And I am sure that if you read Chinese historians, you will learn a very different ...


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As the commenters have stated, there are several reasons "Persia" isn't one empire, but a succession of empires controlling the same area, more or less in the period. Rome under the Republic and Empire was a single continuous government. The various Persian governments tended to get knocked around in head to head competition with Mediterranean powers. ...


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The kind of software you are trying to make exists: http://www.clockwk.com/ It is quite convenient and detailed, and covers the period for which sufficient data are available. But it is not free. EDIT. To address some concerns expressed in comments. This is the web page of the person who made this software. I know him personally and the page is around for ...


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Actually, I've found one already answered question, that gives some info on what I'm trying to find. Good online sources for historical maps Useful links from there are (sorted by usefulness): http://www.oldmapsonline.org/ http://www.euratlas.net/antique/cartography/index.html http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/ http://www.davidrumsey.com/ ...


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Harvard possesses one of the United State's largest collection of maps. Recently, they have been working on digitizing the collection. People who know how to use this kind of stuff can probably do a lot with the online Geospatial Library. I went to a presentation given by Harvard's GIS team. If I ever find my notes, I'll expand this answer with the other ...


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If you are looking for examples: The history of most major invasion on Europe is written by or significantly influenced by the Europeans (who happened to be on the looser end). Huns and Attila, Mongols, Vikings (ok, they are European, too), Ottoman Turks - even if there is a significant body of information (e,g in case of Ottoman Empire), the history is ...



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