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https://www.physicsforums.com/search.php? [Broken]

There's also this place

And, of course, wiki is your friend.
 
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For literature, I love this. Medieval Sourcebook

From there you can also link to the Ancient source book. This site has a wealth of knowledge, enjoy!!!

I have many bookmarks that were on my old computer, I saved some bookmarks to cd, I will try to locate them.
 
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In addition to websites, there are good books if one can find them.

For a relative comprehensive history of Central Europe and a good supplement to other references,

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0295981466/102-8374171-0016123?v=glance by Paul Robert Magocsi.

The book covers history of the region between 10°E and 30°E, as compared to 10°W (Ireland and Portugal) to 60°E (Ural Mountains).

Central Europe is generally thought to comprise Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosna-Herzegovina, Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and Greece.

Magocsi expanded the discussion to include eastern Germany (Mecklenburg, Brandenburg, Prussian, Saxony and Lusatia), Bavaria, Austria, and northeastern Italy (historic Venetia) in the west, and Lithuania, Belorus, Ukraine, Moldova, and western Anatolia (Turkey) in the east.

Central Europe bore the brunt of invasion and migrations from Central Asia and the Russian Steps. Many ethnic groups originated far to the East. In addition, there were periods of warfare among groups and nationalities, and invasions from the north and south.

Many detailed maps are included.
 
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A History of Hobbits?

Although still mostly in the realm of speculation, it is looking more and more as if there is an entire history yet to be written.

Hobbits
Hobbit" Discovered: Tiny Human Ancestor Found in Asia
Scientists have found fossil skeletons of a hobbit-like species of human that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child (See pictures). The tiny humans, who had skulls about the size of grapefruits, lived with pygmy elephants and Komodo dragons on a remote island in Indonesia as recently as 13,000 years ago. [continued]
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1027_041027_homo_floresiensis.html
PF Thread https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=50063&highlight=Hobbit
For a little wild speculation, see also PF thread: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=50855

It appears that modern humans and hobbits co-existed for many tens of thousands of years; maybe even up until very recently. In the most extreme, National Geographic now openly questions whether or not hobbits could still exist.
 
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History Channel (UK)

http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/home/ [Broken]

Ancient History - http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/ancient_history/ [Broken]

British History - http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/british_history/ [Broken]

World History - http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/world_history/ [Broken]

Technology - http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/technology/ [Broken]
 
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Seems interesting, but I don't know how reliable or reputable it is.
http://infohistory.com/creative.shtml

Interesting summary list of ancient civilizations, but it's not complete. The list focuses primarily on the Mediterranean, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Missing is China and East Asia, the Americas and Australia/Pacific


http://infohistory.com/rome.shtml
 
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I stumbled across this source while looking for Ferdinand Lot and his book "The End of the Ancient World and the Beginning of the Middle Ages".

Essays in Medieval Studies - http://www.illinoismedieval.org/ems/

Illinois Medieval Association - http://www.illinoismedieval.org/default.htm

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0415156009/?tag=pfamazon01-20 is a latter book written by Ferdinand Lot and C.K.Ogden - although I think Ogden simply rewrote or revised or republished Lot's original book.

In his earlier book, Ferdinand Lot wrote "The year 476 [CE] really marks the end of the Roman Empire in the west, . . . it fell without a sound . . . ." - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ICRDWS/?tag=pfamazon01-20


For later Middle Ages, one may wish to consider:
Pirenne's thesis - which is stated most fully in Henri Pirenne, Mohammed and Charlemagne (Meridian Booka: New York, 1957).

Bryce Lyon, The Origins of the Middle Ages: Pirenne's Challenge to Gibbon (New York, 1972) gives an account of the debate.

For a recent analysis from an archeological point of view, see Richard Hodges & David Whitehouse, Mohammed, Charlemagne & the Origins of Europe (Ithaca, New York, 1983).
 
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I don't know how reputable this site is, but it is devoted to Procopius of Caesarea

Procopius was born in Caesarea in Palestine late in the fifth century and died not earlier than AD 562. He is known as one of the greatest later Greek historians. He became a lawyer, and in AD 527 he was made legal adviser and secretary of Belisarius, commander against the Persians , and went with Belisarius again in AD 533 against the Vandals, and in AD 535 against the Ostrogoths. After AD 541, or AD 540, Procopius returned to Constantinople. He might have attended Belisarius again when Belisarius and then Narses campaigned against Tutila in Italy.

His History Of The Wars in 8 books recounts the Persian Wars of emperors Justinus and Justinian down to AD 550 (2 books); the Vandalic War and after events in Africa AD532-546 (2 books); the Gothic War against the Ostrogoths in Sicily and Italy AD 536-552 (3 books); and a sketch of events to AD 554 (1book). The whole consists mostly of military history, with a lot of information about people and places also, and about special events.

Procopius was a diligent, careful, judicious narrator of the facts and developments and shows good powers of description. He is just to the Empire's enemies and boldly criticizes Justinian. Procopius's education included all the greatest of the Greek historians and geographers, as well as the poets and the orators. An interesting aspect of Procopius is his personal as well as his official familiarity with the people, the places, and the events of which he writes. His account of "Justinian's Buildings" (peri ktismaton) was completed in A.D. 558 or 559. He is thought to have written it either by Imperial command or to deflect suspicions of disaffection.

The third of his books, the "Anecdota", which Suidas characterizes as "a satirical attack on Justinian", but which is most commonly known by the title of "Arcana histora" (The Secret History). It is a supplement to the other history, tracing events to AD 558-9. In this book Procopius reveals his hatred of Justinian, Theodora, and even Belisarius and his wife. It is a bitter attack against all the powers of the Byzantine Church and State.
This information seems consistent with other authoratitive sources.

One major work is the "History of The Wars" which is summarized in the sections on this page - http://procopius.net/historyofthewars.html

The works of Procopius are available from Harvard University Press
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/L290.html
 
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Links to history sites through the History Department, Vassar College.

http://history.vassar.edu/hislinks.html#ancient [Broken]


Here's one at UPenn.

http://www.museum.upenn.edu/Greek_World/index.html

http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/wola.html [Broken]
 
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Thanks Astronuc, I found this gem!

Natural Magick

(Magiae naturalis)

A NEAPOLITANE:
IN TWENTY BOOKS
(1584 A.D.)

Wherein are set forth
All the Riches and Delights
Of the
NATURAL SCIENCES

http://homepages.tscnet.com/omard1/jportat4.html [Broken]
 
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Thanks Astronuc, I found this gem!

Natural Magick

(Magiae naturalis)

A NEAPOLITANE:
IN TWENTY BOOKS
(1584 A.D.)

Wherein are set forth
All the Riches and Delights
Of the
NATURAL SCIENCES

http://homepages.tscnet.com/omard1/jportat4.html [Broken]
Evo, can you turn me into a white rabbit? :biggrin:
 
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Evo, can you turn me into a white rabbit? :biggrin:
There seem to be enough recipes in here that I think I could manage. Of course it will require coating you with lead, mercury, silver and some other rather unsavory items.
 
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There seem to be enough recipes in here that I think I could manage. Of course it will require coating you with lead, mercury, silver and some other rather unsavory items.
Oh...and I thought it would be in an elegant manner, like with a magic wand or so. Nevermind then, I'll stay the way I am, at least for now. :tongue:
 
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Oh...and I thought it would be in an elegant manner, like with a magic wand or so. Nevermind then, I'll stay the way I am, at least for now. :tongue:
:frown: Spoil sport.

I'll bet Wolram would let me experiment on him. Afterall, it's in the name of Medieval Science. :smile:
 
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Or Medievo Science as the case may be. :rofl:
 

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