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Populations posted 17 Aug 2007, 21:08 by Fastred, Commoner

The numbers involved in the battles are enormous; simply provisioning the troops is a massive undertaking. Clearly the population of Earwa is large, and so is that of its cities (by "medieval" standards). One figure we have (from the Toll of Days) is that 20,000 is 4/10ths of the population of Gerotha: thus Gerotha had a population of around 50,000. 50,000 is a *large* population for a pre-Industrial city. Scholars continue to debate the actual population of Rome - while some continue to claim 1 million, the *logistics* of feeding 1 million people, even with the annual grain supply and handouts (the "annona"), this would have been a very difficult task. view post


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