It is partly a historical document of what it was like to live in those times, and was rather dated in ways in 2014, when I revised it.
My energy and the human journey essay, published in 2014, will be periodically updated, but this essay likely will not be revised much in the future.
Intensive agricultural exploitation of imperial lands are undertaken to feed the empire.
Places such as today’s Libya are forced to become farms for Rome, with the agricultural practices eventually turning Libya into the desert nation it is today. Much of Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and surrounding regions are deforested by Rome, eventually turning it into desert.
Iron weapons rapidly replace bronze and become common throughout Europe, the Fertile Crescent, Egypt, and elsewhere.
The Aryan (pastoral tribes of the steppe regions) invasion of India leads to their caste system; the invaders are the favored class.
The radicalizing experience of pursuing alternative energy woke me up to the extent that I created this website.