It’s easy to divide fantasy cultures with bright lines & borders, but nation-states & imperial identities aren’t the only cultural paradigm.
Religious institutions throughout history have served functional purposes. Priests heal, advise, judge, keep records, and perform important functions for the redistribution of wealth. It’s not all myths & silly rituals.
Micro-reviews from my recently-read pile: ancient marriage politics, Mediterranean dyes, Hittite architecture & whales throughout the ages.
A wide-ranging reflection on what I learned in January, mostly about the history of fashion, ancient infrastructure, economy and war.
There’s an idea floating around that roads, aqueducts, and other large-scale civil engineering projects required Roman-era engineering. This is a false narrative. A fantasy world doesn’t need iron-age technology to...