The Growth of the Roman Empire

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About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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11 Responses to The Growth of the Roman Empire

  1. There was an installation like this at the Istanbul Biennial in November, but it started at about 5000 BCE and tracked the rise of all major empires and colonial expansion up through the present time. Took about 30 minutes to sit through, but absolutely fascinating and fun to figure out what was what.

  2. Dan tdaxp says:

    Very sad that both Byzantium and the Rus were smashed and deformed by invaders from the east. Very lucky for us that the Romano-German world was not so twisted.

  3. Curzon says:

    Christy, I would have loved to see something like that. No chance its viewable anywhere online I suppose?

  4. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    What are those little bits left at the end?

  5. Curzon says:

    “The Empire of Trebizond,”: and “The Despotate of Morea!”:

    (Wow, that second one took a lot of searching to discover…)

  6. dj says:

    Some thing are not accurate. There was a huge jump between 40 BC and 70 AD. Huge change in that period. Egypt was absorbed earlier on and Trajan expanded Luther east.

  7. I’ve been trying to find it but it’s hard to google “that empire projection installation piece I saw at the biennial.”


  8. I always thought it was the Despotate of the Morea, with an article “the”.

    Perhaps the coolest name for any political unit ever.

    Though the Empire of Trebizond is pretty cool, too.

    It is sad to see these colorful fragments get hammered one by one by the Ottomans.

    Runciman’s book on the Fall of Constantinople is a stirring work.

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