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comment How did the Roman army go from constantly losing battles in the middle of the 3rd century to winning almost everything?
Both Claudius II and Aurelian seemed to be constantly fighting battles internally,in the east and the west, even more so than their predecessors. Yet the Illyrians almost always crushed their opponents while Gallienus, Valerian, Decius and others struggled terribly. Was it simply down to better leadership , some change in military structure or something else?
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asked How did the Roman army go from constantly losing battles in the middle of the 3rd century to winning almost everything?
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answered Which roman emperors were not ethnically Latin?
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comment Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
@TomAu Thorfinnur didn't find the continent(Leif Eiriksson did) nor did he have a sovereign to report to (due to the political system at the time).
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comment Which figure is this a statue of?
Well Antinous is usually depicted with curly hair, just not as curly as on that particular statue! The object (tree trunk) which I thought was a Hermes giveaway is in fact a regular component of most large marbles statues, sculpted to support the main statue.
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comment Which figure is this a statue of?
@MarkC.Wallace No concrete evidence but the curly hair, long nose and brooding downward gaze is typical of an Antinous statue. There are also more statues of him than any other real life Roman or Greek.
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comment What was the attitude of the other European countries in the 1970s Cod War?
@T.E.D probably because in the case of Newfoundland and Iceland fishing accounts for the majority of their respective economies.
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comment What was the attitude of the other European countries in the 1970s Cod War?
West Germany continued fishing alongside the UK during the Cod War but didn't deploy any warships. I do know that Belgium made a separate deal with Iceland in 1972 and thus broke rank with the rest of the EU. Greenland and the Faroe Islands supported Iceland but as for the rest of western Europe I would think it likely that they supported the UK, simply because many of them were fishing alongside them in the debated waters.
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comment Why did the French sell Louisiana?
@hermann Where have you heard that? It doesn't sound plausible.
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comment How did Germany produce such an impressive portfolio of officers for WW2?
For some reason or another the German military seems to be more interesting to amateur pundits. The interest is usually not due to any shared political views but rather to the tendency to admire "military machines" fighting against the odds. See Sparta, elite divisions, Navy Seals, etc.
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comment What roman legions in Spain revolted against Caesar before the battle at Munda?
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