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Feb
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comment Why did Greeks and Romans dilute their wine?
Just how strong can you get your distilled wine using techniques then available? Discussions online of freeze-distillation suggest 25–35% as a maximum without a very strong freezer.
Feb
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comment Why did Greeks and Romans dilute their wine?
Extensive discussion from contemporary sources indicates that the wine was diluted for drinking. And how would the Greeks or Romans gotten wine to 70% alcohol?
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Sep
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comment Does Jewish history record Jesus's saying “I am God” or similar utterance?
@Vector, not necessarily; it’s quite possible to undermine someone’s story without making explicit reference to his claim. The scholarly view that the Talmudic “Yeshu” passages are anti-Christian polemic take that view: that the stories present derogatory details about “Yeshu” which (in passing) undermine any claims to his being a messiah—but without directly addressing such claims.
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Aug
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comment Is this really “Napoleon’s March”?
@MT_Head From heichalhanegina.blogspot.com: “When the Alter Rebbe heard the marching song of Napoleon's army, he said it was a march of victory. He then decided that the song should be used in one’s service to Hashem. [On Yom Kippur, before the shofar is blown (at the end of Tefillas Neila), it is customary in Lubavitch to sing Napoleon’s March.]” (Note: “The Alter Rebbe” refers to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812)).
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comment How historically accurate is Les Miserables?
Les Misérables does incorporate a good amount of <del>Author Filibuster</del> text presented as non-fiction.
Mar
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comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
But, @DVK, as relates to the stereotype of “Jews in finance”, tax collection does apply.
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Feb
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comment Why did Greeks and Romans dilute their wine?
I've seen that claim too, but find it hard to accept without specific sources (see my edits).
Feb
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