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Apr
15
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?
Sep
16
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).
Aug
16
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.
Aug
15
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.
Aug
8
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.
Aug
8
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.
Aug
7
comment Why did the French sell Louisiana?
@hermann Where have you heard that? It doesn't sound plausible.
Aug
6
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.
Aug
2
comment What roman legions in Spain revolted against Caesar before the battle at Munda?
Thanks for the comment. I've added another source.
Jul
11
comment Parable of the broken window and 1929 crisis
Interesting debate although I had to reach for the dictionary 3 times during the first paragraph alone!
Jul
9
comment Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
That is not actually correct, the viking Thorfinnur Karlsefni traveled to America to settle the country. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…)
Jul
8
comment Do there exist busts/statues of all the roman emperors until the fall of the West?
That bust of Aurelian is usually attributed to be of his predecessor Claudius II (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudius_Gothicus) (also it makes him look suspiciously like Probus: everyhistory.org/images21/62.jpg and commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/… )
Jul
7
comment Do there exist busts/statues of all the roman emperors until the fall of the West?
I'm pretty amazed to see that no statue of Aurelian exists, especially considering his reputation during and after his rule.
Jul
7
comment Do there exist busts/statues of all the roman emperors until the fall of the West?
Valentinian III: artnumisma.com/2013/04/03/valentinian-iii
Jul
7
comment Do there exist busts/statues of all the roman emperors until the fall of the West?
Honorious: livius.org/ho-hz/honorius/honorius.html and Gratian: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gratian_Trier.JPG Joannes wasn't actually an emperor was he?
Jul
6
comment Do there exist busts/statues of all the roman emperors until the fall of the West?
Full statues or bust. Essentially an artwork with recognizable facial features, i.e. something more than a roman coin. "Less than a year" means just that.
Jul
5
comment Why did the scutum fall out of use?
It is interesting to note that Trajan's column features both scutum and rounded shields fighting side by side.
Sep
27
comment When did aircraft carriers eclipse battleships as the “King of the seas”?
It wasn't purely about being able to move merchant ships around but also being able move naval firepower freely around. Naval power that could help with amphibious landings and provide a mobile airfield for support.
Aug
14
comment Effects of deliberately creating inflation to eliminate domestic debt
@TED But the original question ask about the results of tackling domestic debt with inflation. The difference between pre war Germany and for example the US in the 80s is that in the latter case all (or almost all) debt was in USD (i.e. their own currency). Trying to print your way out of external debt will certainly lead to a highly devalued currency like we saw in Germany and staggering inflation. The US could still do that today but most other nations cannot as they are straddled with with external debt (debt in another currency) that will not devalue with domestic inflation.
Aug
14
comment Effects of deliberately creating inflation to eliminate domestic debt
How does this relate to the original question? Wasn't the hyperinflation caused directly by external debt, not domestic?