Absolutely. I'd want to try to meet Jesus so I'd aim for Jerusalem like 20AD. Can I bring my phone? It has audio translation software. Dunno if it does Aramaic or whatever though. I'd probably need to consult with some specialists before I go. Maybe learn to ride a horse or something
Someone asked me this question the other day, and I had to give it some thought. If you had the option to be teleported to a time and place centuries from out past. Could be the colonial era, could be medieval times, biblical times, any time period you want. But something in the distant past, not like 1960, let's say 1700s and prior... would you do it?
-No guarantee for your safety in that time period. So depending on what time period you choose, you may not even be guaranteed something as simple as clean water or food. You're subjected to the daily dangers and struggles of any normal citizen of that time period.
-You have to stay a full week. Two days in you can't bail and want back to present day. Once you come back, you retain all knowledge you gained with you.
-You can pick any specific point in time. So you could go and get insight into any past events and bring that knowledge back with you and answer questions that have been long debated by historians once and for all. Or you can go just to see what it is like to live in another time period out of pure curiosity. Your choice.
I think I would take the risk and do it. The potential for knowledge is far too great. You could be the most knowledgeable person on the planet about a specific subject or event and have more insight into it than anyone on the planet earth right now.
Offline translation apps still exist but to be honest, even if you could transmit a signal through the time travel device, old languages and handwritten text are still not handled well even if I had internet.In fact technically you could not use the translator, because current technology depends on the internet and that time it would not work, nor would there even be power outlets.
Camera and Video you can take it.
In fact, that's interesting... even the language that we currently speak would be very different in other times, for example, my language is Spanish... And seeing the literature of Miguel de Cervantes or the singing of my Cid of that time , despite being the same language, the composition is different and it would not be well understood.Offline translation apps still exist but to be honest, even if you could transmit a signal through the time travel device, old languages and handwritten text are still not handled well even if I had internet.
I'd probably have to take a course in the written languages though there's no guarantee of the literacy of those I'd meet!
Bring a few emergency chargers or a solar battery (I already own one that can charge all my gadgets).
Some exaggerations in here, on both sides.
No, you wouldn’t become the new Jesus by talking science and progress. I mean, did Jesus become famous for innovating agriculture or technology? That’d be the fastest way to get stoned as a wytch or get in the eye of the law in most past eras.
And no, you probably wouldn’t die of infection either, because people in the past ate less and worse than us, were generally less healthy than us in many ways, and still the human race survived. Just be careful with drinking water, avoid major wounds, don’t go to Europe during a plague outbreak, and you’d probably survive.
Provided you can communicate with the people and don’t do anything blasphemous, you could do it. And even if you can’t express yourself in the local language, you could play dumb for a week and make it. Many past civilizations were kind to the idiots. Sure, some people would make fun of you, but others would give you some food and shelter. Everyone’s favorite bad guys, aka the Church, may turn out surprisingly hospitable, as many poor and handicapped people were well treated by monks. If you can do some work, probably any society would find some use in you and not kill you on the spot, but be prepared to only do very hard physical work for a week, from dawn to dusk.
If you’re confident with your Latin, you could speak with basically any big scientist and scholar of the past, if that’s your interest.
The biggest problem would be, don’t expect to achieve anything major in any era prior to, at best, the middle 19th century, maybe the early 20th. The language and culture would be too different to get you access to anywhere really relevant from a cultural point of view, except religious buildings and any place accessible to the public. You couldn’t fake your way into royal palaces or places like the Library of Alexandria.
As much as I’d like to see ancient Rome or the Middle Ages or pretty much any place in the distant past, just going to the middle-late 1800s and witness a sorta modern world without cars would be amazing. Not sure if the air would be so clean, though: go to any big city and the smell could probably kill you, lol.