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View Poll Results: Which ancient civilization would you like to live in
Rome 58 33.53%
Greek city state (specify which) 27 15.61%
Egypt 10 5.78%
Mesoamerican civilization (specify which) 6 3.47%
Persia 11 6.36%
China 12 6.94%
Etruria 5 2.89%
Other (specify) 44 25.43%
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Old September 13th, 2012, 04:48 AM   #121

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^ I first saw this suggested by Beatrice Lumpkin in her treatise on the legacy of Egyptian mathematics.
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Old September 13th, 2012, 12:38 PM   #122
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What about Bali, yes the island of Bali, anytime in history, I mean it is a truly beautiful paradise (although (been there myself 3 times), good food, nice weather, in fact if I had a way to make a decent living there, I would move there in a heartbeat.
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Old September 13th, 2012, 01:20 PM   #123

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Originally Posted by Tapio, the king of forest View Post
Among some Finnish hunter-gatherer tribes. Not very civilized but who needs that?
This is my answer too. I would love to be a Paleolithic hunter-gatherer.

I really like the idea of living in a time where survival is boiled down to its essence.

I'd trade off the longer lifespan and material comfort of the modern society in a heartbeat. Neither of those have ever been important to me.

I hope I don't sound like a crackpot survivalist.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 03:48 PM   #124

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Sumeria where it all began.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 05:09 PM   #125

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Celtic clan. Probably in Wales or Ireland before the Romans were around in those parts.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 11:03 AM   #126

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Would want to live in Macedon through the time period where it was rising in the Greek world,including the conquests of Alexander.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 12:29 PM   #127
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None of them. All of them had terrible aspects that are often forgotten.
I would have found the ancient Greeks or Phoenicians most interesting, though.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 09:17 PM   #128

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Assuming I'm being born to a humble background, I'll choose Rome after the Marian reforms. An average person was born into poverty, no matter which ancient civilization we are discussing. So the main priority as I see it, would be escaping that life of poverty.

I figure a career in the Roman Army is as good as an escape as any, so long as I'm lucky enough to not up dead in a ditch on one campaign or another. The standard of living in the Army and nutrition and health care would certainly be better on average, and if you die in battle...well I suppose a ditch in Gaul or Germania beats a gutter in Rome.

If I had to be an ancient city dweller however, I guess I'd go with the pearl of the Mediterranean, Alexandria. Alexandria during the Ptolemaic period seems a better place to call home than Rome during the Republic.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 09:18 PM   #129

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Seleucid Empire, so I can use hindsight to prevent its destruction.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 06:25 PM   #130

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Originally Posted by SW412 View Post
Let's say you were a native-born citizen, born to an average family (neiter poor nor well-off).

Please specify why (ie, if you're a woman, is it for more rights in this society, as opposed to others), and also which period of time you'd like to live in (ie, Athens during the Golden Age, Rome during the Principate, etc).


Oops - I intended to post this in the "Lounge" section...
Hi SW424!

How are you?

I really want to and I would really love to live during Ancient Times because two of my favorite historical time periods and favorite historical civilizations were in and lived during Ancient Times. I really want to and I would really love to live in the Ancient Celtic Tribal Age in Ancient Celtic Britain (Particularly in Ancient Celtic England, Ancient Celtic Scotland, and/or in Ancient Celtic Ireland.) and/or in Ancient Celtic France (Ancient Celtic Gaul.) as a Ancient Celtic Tribal woman and/or as a Ancient Celtic "average" warrior because the Ancient Celtic Age/The Ancient Celts are one of my favorite historical time periods/favorite historical civilizations in Ancient Times. I also really want to and I would really love to live in the Ancient Germanic Tribal Age in Ancient Germanic Scandinavia (Particularly in Ancient Germanic Norway, in Ancient Germanic Denmark, and/or in Ancient Germanic Sweden.) and/or in Ancient Germanic Germany as a Ancient Germanic woman and/or as a Ancient Germanic "average" warrior because the Ancient Germanic Tribal Age/The Ancient Germanic Tribes are one of my favorite historical time periods/favorite historical civilizations in Ancient Times.

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