Wiki Wormhole: The Roman Empire fell, but Wikipedia survives to chart its decline
With more than 4.7 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or reading up on Gandhi in the hopes of staving off his inevitable attack in Civilization. But follow enough links, and you get sucked into some seriously strange places. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,734,624-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: Decline Of The Roman Empire
What it’s about: At its peak in the 2nd century AD, the Roman Empire ruled over 70 million people (about 21 percent of the world’s population). It was the most populous empire in history until the Song Dynasty united China a thousand years later. Through the first two-thirds of its 1,200 years of existence, first a kingdom, then a republic, then an empire expanded around the Mediterranean sea, spanning three …