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Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. Quid enim est aetas hominis, nisi ea memoria rerum veterum cum superiorum aetate contexitur? -- Cicero, Marcus Tullius (106-43BC)


Oct
7
comment How would Chess have been played in England in 1450-1600?
+1, interesting question indeed. As a matter of curiosity, why those dates?
Oct
7
comment How did sugar go from a luxury to a necessity in 18th century?
@PieterGeerkens: Are Dutch middle and upper classes in the 17th century numerous enough to class something as a necessity? </pedantic>
Oct
7
comment How did sugar go from a luxury to a necessity in 18th century?
Welcome to the site. This question has a kernel of truth but you seem to be answering it yourself (although without any references). Also, did sugar really become a necessity in the 18th century? I was under the impression that it was in the 19th century -- see wikipedia page and ref.
Oct
6
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Oct
2
comment Why weren't aircraft carriers utilized during D-day?
And yet even IMDB has 13 instances of it being inacurate. Films are entertainment and not history.
Oct
2
comment Why weren't aircraft carriers utilized during D-day?
+1. Good account but please do not quote films as historical accurate: they (almost) never are.
Oct
1
comment How do war elephants fight?
@JimThio: As I said: to try to shatter the formations of the enemy's army.
Sep
26
comment What kind of crew members did ancient artillery teams consist of?
The Roman legions would be a good start for this. They used to have an engineer corps that maintained artillery. However, time does not allow me to find the right references right now... Sorry.
Sep
25
comment Which roman emperors were not ethnically Latin?
Most of the Emperor of Byzantium. If you include of Holy Roman Empire, then the list goes on and on...
Sep
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Could rōnin become a samurai again
Sep
24
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Sep
24
comment Is there any truth to the claim that freed slaves who moved to Liberia enslaved the local population?
Definition of slave, Oxford dictionary: a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them. It would require legal documentation for the claim to be substantiated if the above definition is to be adhered to. Not sure if this helps or not...
Sep
13
comment Which texts/works were lost due to the Mongol invasions of Baghdad?
Sorry, but this cannot be anwsered. As far as I know, we have no full list of texts that were there before and after the invasion.
Aug
20
comment What evidence is there that Jesus went to India?
+1, this is a good answer.
Aug
20
comment What role did War elephants play in the battle of Thermopylae?
+1 "War Elephants in the west were a military fad [...]" and as many fads, they were utterly useless as a military tool.
Aug
16
comment Can anyone explain why a wreck of a battleship lies in the Nevada desert?
@EugeneSeidel: Awesome, I did not know they made of movie of it. Thank you!!!
Aug
15
comment Does anyone have a concrete example of the British Empire using revolution to gain control over foreign resources, governments?
This might refer to the Great Game...
Aug
12
comment When and how did English become the Lingua Franca?
Most "English" that is spoken now is American and not British. Thus, I believe it might have started after WW2, when America became the world's top super power. Sadly, I have no strong evidence to back up opinions thus comment instead of answer.
Aug
8
comment What was the role of the Soviet Navy during WWII?
The Soviets joined the allies only after the 22/06/1941. Before that, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was in full effect.
Aug
3
revised Was there any mention in historical articles regarding Joan of Arc's physical appearance?
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