You have just been transported to the Roman Empire's era with nothing but the current knowledge inside you head and a mysterious new ability to u...

You have just been transported to the Roman Empire's era with nothing but the current knowledge inside you head and a mysterious new ability to understand/speak Greek/Latin

How do you serve the Glory of Rome?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why would anybody important listen to a pleb?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      they will when I crack them over the head with Arabic numerals.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Answered multiple times before: teach them hygiene, disinfection and crop rotation and they'll never have manpower issues ever again
    Throw in double entry accrual accounting and printing as well, they'd be unstoppable in antiquity

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      P.s. stirrups

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Don't forget to tell them to stop using lead pipes. Most of the insane emperors like Nero or Caligula probably had lead poisoning drinking water carried by lead pipes

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        More likely they got it from one of their main sweeteners being lead "rust". They would boil grape juice in a lead pot iirc.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          debunked

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        There's still places in the us that uses lead water pipes

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You can tell them whatever you want. What do you do with the lead to prove your point. They aren't going to change all of Rome's plumbing system because some dirty barbarian tells them it's poisonous. You need something clear and convincing.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The Romans knew lead was poisonous. They also knew that with the water supply there was not a large risk.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Point still stands. You can't just go into a situation and say thing and expect everyone to just believe you and change how they do things. I wanna see some real answers just in case this happens to me and I have this advice ready to go.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I think this was debunked as those pipes would have been super crusted by the minerals adhering to the insides of the pipes over time

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You're so dumb it hurts

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The adverse effects of lead plumbing may be somewhat overstated, besides, the Romans were aware of them.
        Vitruvius considered lead pipes unhealthy and recommended ceramic pipes to be used instead. See De Architectura 8.6.10-11

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This, and start the industrial revolution 1200 years early.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Which era, OP? The Roman Empire lasted from the end of the 1st century B.C. to 1453 AD. As for me, I don't have the mind to bring anything useful to the table. Ideally, I would work to institutionalize a stable system of succession among executive leadership. Rome's biggest enemy was itself, often in a crisis of succession. With that said, I'd rather be one of Trajan's legionaries, or maybe Caesar's, explore the known world, fight, take my spoils and retire. That would be nice, of course I'd have to join the Auxilia, but I would be happy to do my time, gain my citizenship and settle somewhere in Gaul or Hispania in a military colony. I guess I'd also warn Majorian about his ships if I was in the 5th century A.D.

      Rome had a solid conception of public health. Germ theory and disinfection would require some work, and in general demystifying pathophisology and treatment. For everyone else who mentioned lead pipes ITT, isn't that mostly negligible?

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    this threads is just a variant of isekai

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      its human nature to gather and share knowledge,
      it would be cool to see what the superpowers of the old world would achieve if we could teach them

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court predates isekai you anime-addled weeb

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Guns seem like the simplest but most powerful invention

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They're not. You'd have to make a lot of massively advancements in metallurgy, chemistry, and manufacturing, complete with new systems of measurement.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >double entry accrual accounting
    I create the first medieval accounting firm along with the most formidable army of tax collectors in history, pay off members of the senate and acquire as much land as I could before becoming consul and dominating politics and the battlefield through logistics and Alesia-style strategies of attrition warfare.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    yes

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    In addition to the usual answers, I introduce the corps system

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Die within about a week of dysentery and exposure to the elements.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    In addition to more obvious things like experiments with gunpowder, I think the introduction of basic industrial technology like belted drives, gears, and things like blast furnaces and coming would be interesting. Start the industrial revolution 2000 years early.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Coking*

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Start the industrial revolution 2000 years early.
      So shift from kino Roman era to pencil pushing, office hell dystopia in just 200 years instead?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        But we could all be in space by now if it started 2000 years early.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You're going to have a lot of work to do to get slavery outlawed

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You're not starting the industrial revolution with a shitload of slaves around. Steam engine has been invented before the industrial revolution in both China and Greece and it never caught on.
        Muskets and gunpowder would probably catch on really quickly though.

        Same rationale as the cotton gin. A steam engine and belted drive is way better at stamping out scutae and gladii. Send your slaves to dig coal and iron for our new fabricatoria, Consul Julius homieer.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You're not starting the industrial revolution with a shitload of slaves around. Steam engine has been invented before the industrial revolution in both China and Greece and it never caught on.
      Muskets and gunpowder would probably catch on really quickly though.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Use my incredible knowledge to teach them so many things they think I'm some kind of god/wizard and see how many of their women I can bang before they get mad enough that the science isn't enough to not kill me

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    > "Guys stop using crocodile dung as contraceptive. Weirdly enough, slattering croc shit on your wife's pussy doesn't stop babies, if anything, it probably increase fertility very slightly.".
    > "Also, you might want to stop using Silphium on everything."
    > "Oh by the way your maps fricking sucks."

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >You should stop eating lead, it's tox-
    gets killed, the end

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Teach the romans the secrets of indo-arabic numerals and modern accounting.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    tell them that lead pipes bad

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    So what's the strat for being noticed by anyone worth anything? No one is going to care about you other than you look like a fricking weirdo foreigner and you have no wealth. So presumably you'd need to get some sort of message to whoever is in charge at the time that contains something only they could know, but I don't know how you'd even get that there. I don't see how you could get through this scenario not ending up a slave or dead. I guess if you have a physical skill or trade you could try and work for someone or get a business going to stabilise yourself first. Rome was full of prophets and crackpots trying to scam people. Not much has changed, so I really don't think you're just going to be able to say you know shit and be believed.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You could just enlist into the military and use the extremely deep knowledge hidden in the Art of War (like people need food to live) to steadily climb the career ladder. Romans love their war heroes, beat up some germans and you'll have all the connections you'll want.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Depends on the period, but if it's even a period where you are allowed to enlist, someone coming off the street with no wealth to buy their equipment and no status or citizenship is going to basically be put in the cannon fodder slaves at the front. You're not going to live long enough to tell anyone your secrets and if you try and implement your own methods of fighting you're just going to get punished, thrown out or killed by your commander.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          In empire times you would be encouraged to enlist actually. Even more so if there's a campaign about to start and there pretty much always was.
          You could get the equipment in exchange for a part of your salary until it pays off its value.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Problem is, the only period I'd want to go back to is the Republic in order to save it.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              this
              I'd go back to tell Caesar not to go to the senate on the ides of March. That way the republic would be saved.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                This poster is actually Caesar using an Etruscan time travel device. You can't fool me.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >So what's the strat for being noticed by anyone worth anything?
      Now you know why every shitty isekai story features some kind of "cheat skill" where the protagonist can create such an overwhelming amount of value that people have no choice but to give him a chance. Even if you know how to build something from the ground up nobody is going to give you starter capital because you're nobody and you can't do anything special

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Make a cool "invention" and be recognized as an inventor-genius in the tradition of Archimedes. I guess. The trick is knowing an invention that's useful, possible and hard to replicate (this part is optional). I present the mechanical calculator. Also there's a wide variety of simple machines that would had greatly simplified agriculture and textiles that no one bothered inventing until the industrial revolution. This might get you killed unless you choose the ones that won't put people out of work. Or you could make a few gimmicky toys to showcase your knowledge and get it recognized.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Start making and selling booze.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >strat for being noticed
      outright declare you are a son of Zeus sent down from the heavens with prescient knowledge
      Romans were very easily baffled with bullshit on this score
      that's enough to get them to sit up and pay attention, so you can start with your martial and business prowess
      after that, you just snowball your power and influence

      that's how Caesar did it

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        wrong god.
        greekoids worshipped zeus romans worship IVPITER

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          frick
          brb committing sudoku

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          IVPITER OPTIMVS MAXIMVS

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Simple I would use my magnum sized intact Dong to make them think I am the God Priapus.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Grow freshwater clams and artificially pearl them since pearls are really rare and worth a lot back then, womens fashion used it a lot.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Mathematics with positional notation and the number zero, double-entry accounting, algebra, some basic physics and Newtonian gravitation.
    Copper still for alcohol; I'm pessimistic that germ theory will take root in full, but just sprinkling some white lightning on cuts is going to dramatically reduce sepsis.
    They can already cast pretty competent bronzes, so a recipe for black powder and some cannon with trunnions is definitely going to put me in Caesar's good graces. Add in some padded collars for horses and the legions now have three-pounder galloper guns, plus cheap breech-loaders like 1700-era swivel guns for anti-personnel. Probably worth getting some 12-pounders cast for sieges.
    Padded collars on horses is a peace dividend for farming. A four-crop rotation (wheat, turnips, barley and clover) for green manure and year-round livestock ought to be a big improvement over half the land laying fallow, fueling a population boom.
    I think I could work out cheaper paper and the printing press with enough experimentation, and maybe the compass if someone has lodestones handy.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      One of the reasons the Norman's did so well at the Battle of Hastings was that their knights had saddles outfitted with the newly invented stirrup that allowed better control. Roman cavalry with 15 ft lances would have been awesome.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I defect to the Goths and make sure the Greek empire doesn't last into the 6th century.
    >Germanic tribes rule the Balkans and Pontic Steppe; Slavic expansion never happens
    > Sassanids overrun Anatolia, the Levant and Egypt; Islam is strangled in the crib
    >Vandals rule north Africa west of Egypt. The region remains fertile and a part of Mediterranean civilisation
    >Suebes eventually take over parts of Hispania
    Italy, somewhat counterintuitively, remains latin; the Goths stick to the Balkans, Italy isn't devastated by the Goth/Byzantine wars, the Langobards stay north of the Alps
    Franks are therefore wienerblocked and remain north of the Seine, while Italy and southern France/eastern Hispania remain in political union for a while (probably won't last, though)
    >Langobards expand locally and form a proto-'German' state as the Allemanni and Burgundians are slowly ground down by their neighbours from all directions

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >How do you serve the Glory of Rome?
    Frick that, I'll help Hannibal instead.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >How do you serve the Glory of Rome?
    probably end up like pic related

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >ok listen guys...lets start by boiling some milk, i'm about to blow your fricking minds.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    build a rudimentary battery in order to impress them enough to listen to me then tell them about gunpowder

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    All the gunpowder anons are correct, a rudimentary mix is relatively easy to make if you can get your hands on sulphur. Showing that off will get you famous enough to get in touch with scholars and explain modern math. Highly likely they wouldn't even understand the importance of calculus, but general physics equations and demonstrations would probably convince them you know your shit at least. From then on you can start offloading your knowledge onto them, metallurgy and antibiotics would probably be the most important to get started on first due to long lead times on extracting penicilin and building large steelmaking kilns. A rudimentary AC generator and a strand of thin wire would be enough to demonstrate resistive heating and thus the existence of electricity. Next step would be rudimentary steam engine and electrolysis of water to prove atomic theory.
    At that point you can just do whatever you want, you will be considered Rome's national treasure

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Highly likely they wouldn't even understand the importance of calculus,
      Just basic decimal based arbic numbers arithmetics would be breakthrough. Roman numerals are hilariously bad
      =MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMDC (lol wut?)

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >mmmm, DC
        Frickers were on Edison's side.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Live in a barrel
    Invent shitposting

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You'd be 300 years late.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I'm not good with deadlines

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Build a rudimentary steam engine.

    Introduce gunpowder recipe

    Slap Julius Caeser's pp and tell him not to burn the great library of Alexandria

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Explain to them why lead pipes will kill them. Invent the steam engine, gas turbine, explosives, aluminum alloys, aircraft, and teach them chemistry, arabic numerals, zero, and calculus.
    >t.aerospace engineer

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'll teach them that you're a gay witch.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Good calls with the teaching but you ain't gonna get any of that engineering shit done

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Create papermills and the printing press first. Pass it off as a way for the Emperor to spread propag-I mean, spread the Glory of Rome. This should make the Bureaucracy more efficient with standardized forms and documentation.

    After I've got a platform I can spread ideas of crop rotation, canning, and germ theory.

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >introduce music of this and last century to Rome
    They won't just listen to me they're gonna sing my strangely instructional lyrics in the street

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    1. Try to impress them with prescient bullshit
    2. Become direct advisor to the emperor through my prediction of historical events
    3. Tell him to stop slavery and push scientific research, explain the concept of steam power
    4. Explain basic science concepts, let the smartest men in the empire figure out how to reach them.

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >anons itt basically half ass the plot of the safehold novels
    Basically Space era humanity is driven to near extinction by ayyliens who detect advanced technological civilizations and genocide them. The last human survivors are mindwiped into living in medieval era lifestyles until an android comes back to life. The android decides to rapidly uplift the medieval civilization into the technological level it used to be at, starting from the most basic things like Roman to Arabic numerals and advanced metallurgy

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That's lame, someone should write a novel about literally me going back to roman times to enlighten them.

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I can make black powder from sulphur (can find that near volcanoes), saltpeter (from piss, ash and hay or from caves full of bats) and charcoal from willow trees. that should be enough.

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Seeing how I have a specialized set of skills, the first thing I would do is develop a lathe & calipers, try to then devise and make screws, the go from there & build a water powered milling machine and water powered lathe. Then start cranking out irons.

    I have a decent understanding of metallurgy & mechanical engineering, there is no reason I couldn’t at least start making modern weapons for them including cannons on my big lathe, but for a price of course. I know enough about alcohol distillation that I could
    Make them antiseptics, again for a price.

    That price is that the empire eradicates Judaism.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Frickin based. Eradicate them before they before America is even a thing

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm going to become the richest man alive by drawing hentai on clay vases.
    They won't the be ready for that shit.

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I say frick this and travel to the Sarmatians and lead them to victory and world domination

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >You have just been transported to the Roman Empire's era with nothing but the current knowledge inside you head and a mysterious new ability to understand/speak Greek/Latin

    Priests and many educated people and most people speaking Latin languages would do surprisingly well. Without any mystery.

  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm shit at math but probably teach them the basics of calculus, and algebra that they didn't have. Maybe try and convince them to use to steam engines a little more, and try to start the industrial revolution. 100% try and convince them to sail to the new world for the crops. The Romans could have had a massive population with corn and potatoes. I don't care about colonising the new world I highly doubt Rome could do that but the benefits of new world crops cannot be understated. I'd also teach them (or try to convince them) of sanitation though they already had some to a degree. Making them wash their hands with vinegar or something before every meal and making them boil water.

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