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PsyLrn Sire
PsyLrn Sire

is amazing things are still intact ....

mark nolan
mark nolan

I just let my imagination wander and not worry too much about statistics.......that's all guesswork and assumptions anyway.

charlie linebarger
charlie linebarger

In 1000 a.d. Paris had a population of 20,000 (I googled it), London 5-10,000 and Constantinople, which today's Turks have called Istanbul had 300,000. Paris was at its nadir as far as population in 1000 after the Vikings etc. So, I understand the need to put the city's size in perspective and your wish to say it was big but comparing it to what is today and has for centuries been a huge city, but putting it in that time period is sort of disingenuous. I'm a curious guy and googled "Paris in 1000 a.d."  Since the average reader will have vague misconceptions on Paris' population during the dark ages it might be better to have said "a population perhaps of 20,000 in its heyday, about the size of Paris at the height of the dark ages. But you wanted to imply it was a relatively large city and that comparison would not have met the criteria of what you were looking for. Maybe you should have compared it to the populations of other cities in Inca and pre-Inca times. So we would have a better grasp on the subject and this civilization's importance within the context of Andean civilization's multi-millennium pre-Hispanic existence. Brilliant photographs and a miraculous discovery of an un-looted, well-preserved site. Wood carvings surviving in that state of preservation. Miraculous almost.

David Bankson
David Bankson

@charlie linebarger It wasn't until after year 1000AD that Paris had a population explosion. There was a small spike in population in the 2nd century, but we're talking 600-900 years beforehand. I don't think it's unfair to say that it was comparable to Paris at the same time. What's not fair is to say Paris' population was at its nadir at a time right before their population exploded...for the previous 1000 years, it was a pretty normal population for Paris.

Steve Kasian
Steve Kasian

@charlie linebarger That's a bit like the pot calling the kettle black, don't you think Charlie? ...Cutting off one's nose to spite one's face; Throwing the baby out with the bath water; Seeing the world through rose colored glasses; When in Rome... ; Six of one, half dozen of the other - you know what I mean.


But for the most part, I do agree with you.

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