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#41 Mobius

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 0824 AM

Good film IIRC.

 

Seri Plokhy's book 'The Gates of Europe' gives a very good account of the Vikings using Ukraine as a transit route to the med, and one Viking King was even killed there when they had to get out the boat to carry it up a waterfall. They played a key role in the establishment of Rus. Ukraine can into Baltic? :)

I think we have this in a thread long ago but Rus comes from the name given the Vikings to row.  Or people who row.


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#42 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 0236 AM

Yes that rings a bell from the Plokhy book.

 

Well worth picking up if you see it. The Vikings cover only the first chapter, but its still interesting.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 0437 AM

And the Swedish sauna is based on the 'Turkish' (actually the Byzantine baths based on Roman bath houses.....) found by the Vikings who went to Byzantium / Constantinople / Istanbul way back when and then who rowed home with the idea.

 

Meanwhile

 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 0622 AM

You can almost Imagine those Roman longboats piled high with Byzantine Home Sauna Kit's, lamenting they have to wait another thousand years before they can buy one from IKEA. :)


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 0637 AM

You can almost Imagine those Roman longboats piled high with Byzantine Home Sauna Kit's, lamenting they have to wait another thousand years before they can buy one from IKEA. :)

 

And cooking

 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 1302 PM

Which brings us neatly to...

 


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