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Mole's History Page

Here I indulge in my love of history and archaeology. When I am not immersed in the wonders of Molecular Biology, I am often reading up on ancient or medieval history. My interests are largely confined to Eurasia, though the Treasures of Sipan exhibit did give me a good appreciation of Pre-Colombian archaeology. The Roman Empire fascinates me because it represented a high water mark for world civilization that wasn't surpassed until well into the Industrial Revolution. The amount of territory that the Romans controlled and the level of stability maintained within that area for several centuries is amazing given the low technological level of the time. Japanese history interests me because I lived in Kyoto--one of Japan's best preserved living museums, as it were--and got to see quite a few places that feature prominantly in Japanese history. Finally, I am particularly interested in transitional periods. Of course all periods are to some degree transitional, but some are particularly so--e.g. the bronze age, the barbarian settlements in the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, the early Rennaisance, etc.

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Read About America's Founding Fathers (modified 12/16/2000)

Read About the Great Eurasian Migrations and why I Think any Concept of Racial Purity or Superiority is Bunk (10/24/99)

Read About the Athenian Acropolis (9/11/99)

Read About the Rise of Civilizations (5/24/99; revised 10/26/99)

Read About the Neolithic Revolution (5/24/99)

A Brief History of Wine (11/26/98)

Thera: Read About the Atlantis Myth (updated: 9/20/98)

Read About The Fall of Rome and the Relevance of History (9/24/98)

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Some Cool History and Archaeology Sites

Virtual History of Archaeology
Ancient Economies
Greek and Roman Art Slide Library
Medieval Art and Architecture
Japanese Asuka Period
Japanese Medieval period
Eurasian Nomads
Lotsa Info on Rome
Forum Romanum
Art History