Recently I have started reading more about philosophy and general knowledge just for fun, and why not, to remember something that I studied a long (long) time ago. I’m sure that some of my former teachers and professors will be grateful to know that I’m finally remembering what they tried to taught me some while ago. I promise I paid attention at classes and lectures but now, somehow, I felt I was at class again.

It has been a refreshing experience.

Violet Moller’s ‘The map of knowledge’ made me remember many of those forgotten classes and I have to admit, I have enjoyed very much.

The book comprises a voyage of knowledge visiting old and iconic capitals from AD 500 until 1500, this trip take us to Alexandria, Baghdad, Cordoba, Toledo, Salerno, Palermo or Venice.

Violet Moller uses medicine and science advance to explain the birth and fall of empire or kingdom, sometimes just cultural empires.

It’s amazing how ancient cultures evolved so fast so early but stalled there and others, instead, were like slow burners but when they exploded became even bigger, brighter and long standing.

This is a very enjoyable summer reading, very well documented and extremely entertaining that it’s definitely worth reading.

The only ‘cons’ I could find, if im picky, is that the chapters are quite long and could be separated in sub-chapters to make the reading even more enjoyable. This is personal opinion based on my liking of short episodes, nothing else.

Very recommendable.

ISBN – 9781509829620