VincentDarlage said:I find it interesting that the Hyborians are one of the youngest cultures in Howard's world (compared to Zamorians, Picts, Cimmerians, Shemites, Stygians, et. al.) but have the most advanced culture and the most advanced technology.
The U.S. is pretty young compared to other countries as well, but seems to do pretty well. Shoot back to WWII, when even significantly younger, and it developed quite a powerful weapon first as well.
The development of technology is typically driven at a higher rate by need due to danger/conflict/war, and perhaps the Hyborians had a greater amount of conflicts to drive their technological development during their existence (e.g., a couple hundred years), than others (the long-lived nations during those couple hundred years).