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Thread: If an ancient roman were transported to modern ame

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    It didn't really start to occur to people that machines could "think" (i.e. compute) until maybe the Rennaisance... and even then it was mostly things we're totally unimpressed by, like a mechanical calculator that could only add and subtract (it took Pascal 11 years and over 50 tries to build it).

    Ada Lovelace is considered the first computer programmer, and the machine she was programming was never more than theoretical in her lifetime (1800s). That was around when people were really seeing the possibilities beyond mere automation.

    My vote is that a roman would definitely be surprised by a computer.

    And he might possibly be just as surprised by the display. Again, it wasn't until the 1800s that we figured out how to capture sound and video. It wouldn't surprise me if such a thing wasn't even considered a possibility a few millennia ago. It's like trapping a piece of the past in a bottle... it really is pretty magical. And then transmitting it invisibly through the air for millions to see... wow.

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    they would want their slaves back, want wine, and want to see half naked people kill eachother
    that makes no logic

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Finch @ Sep. 13 2005,9:02)]they would want their slaves back, want wine, and want to see half naked people kill eachother
    Are you sure you are describing the Romans and not us'ns? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

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    He'd dig football.
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    He'd be impressed at how we've privatized the empire. And lights would really knock his sandals off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Tamlin Dawnstar @ Sep. 14 2005,2:54)]He'd dig football.
    He'd also love George Carlin:

    "Baseball is different from any other sport, very different. For instance, in most sports you score points or goals; in baseball you score runs. In most sports the ball, or object, is put in play by the offensive team; in baseball the defensive team puts the ball in play, and only the defense is allowed to touch the ball. In fact, in baseball if an offensive player touches the ball intentionally, he's out; sometimes unintentionally, he's out.

    Also: in football,basketball, soccer, volleyball, and all sports played with a ball, you score with the ball and in baseball the ball prevents you from scoring.

    In most sports the team is run by a coach; in baseball the team is run by a manager. And only in baseball does the manager or coach wear the same clothing the players do. If you'd ever seen John Madden in his Oakland Raiders uniform,you'd know the reason for this custom.

    Now, I've mentioned football. Baseball & football are the two most popular spectator sports in this country. And as such, it seems they ought to be able to tell us something about ourselves and our values.

    I enjoy comparing baseball and football:

    Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.
    Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

    Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park.The baseball park!
    Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

    Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life.
    Football begins in the fall, when everything's dying.

    In football you wear a helmet.
    In baseball you wear a cap.

    Football is concerned with downs - what down is it?
    Baseball is concerned with ups - who's up?

    In football you receive a penalty.
    In baseball you make an error.

    In football the specialist comes in to kick.
    In baseball the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.

    Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting and unnecessary roughness.
    Baseball has the sacrifice.

    Football is played in any kind of weather: rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog...
    In baseball, if it rains, we don't go out to play.

    Baseball has the seventh inning stretch.
    Football has the two minute warning.

    Baseball has no time limit: we don't know when it's gonna end - might have extra innings.
    Football is rigidly timed, and it will end even if we've got to go to sudden death.

    In baseball, during the game, in the stands, there's kind of a picnic feeling; emotions may run high or low, but there's not too much unpleasantness.
    In football, during the game in the stands, you can be sure that at least twenty-seven times you're capable of taking the life of a fellow human being.

    And finally, the objectives of the two games are completely different:

    In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy's defensive line.

    In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! - I hope I'll be safe at home!"

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    A good precentage of the roman population were slaves. Wine was the drink of the wealthy, of gods. And this is th epoeple who had the gladiators in the colesseum.
    that makes no logic

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    That was their version of the NFL. Reminds me of an old Star Trek episode, where Rome never fell and they broadcasting the colliseum action.

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