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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


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comment Were there prominent secular philosophers in the European middle ages? If so, who?
secular philosophy would never use the term "evil", or "false prophets", nor would it deal with "revelations" - those are intrinsically clerical terms. Nor could a secular philosopher advocate the revival of any religion.
Dec
9
comment Were there prominent secular philosophers in the European middle ages? If so, who?
Not religious. worldly, apart from religion. Related to worldly concerns - I started to second guess myself and had to go look it up to confirm that I wasn't barmy.
Dec
9
comment Were there prominent secular philosophers in the European middle ages? If so, who?
I'm not sure that either of these are "secular" as I understand the term.
Dec
8
comment What was the death toll of Plague of Justinian?
Absolutely possible; in fact that 40% is the factor in which I have the least confidence. That is one reasonI recommend additional research. My estimate is barely defensible; the only defense I would offer is that I followed a transparent methodology and reached an answer in 10 minutes. If I wanted to refine the estimate, I'd start by finding a source for that 40%.
Dec
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answered What was the death toll of Plague of Justinian?
Dec
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revised What was the death toll of Plague of Justinian?
Punctuation.
Dec
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revised How did people distinguish slaves from free people in Ancient Rome?
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Dec
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comment How did people distinguish slaves from free people in Ancient Rome?
How would you move to a new village/town? You'd need to arrive with enough money to purchase property, or with an introduction to someone who lives there. Until you have a social introduction to the town, you are a stranger, and nobody will deal with a stranger. (there is a reason that pre-modern societies treat hospitality as a virtue; it wasn't common or normal). Everyone in Rome was part of a social network - family, gens, tribe, neighborhood, etc. The concept of "individual" didn't exist as we know it today.
Dec
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reviewed Approve How did people distinguish slaves from free people in Ancient Rome?
Dec
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reviewed Reject From whom did Gandhi learn his protest technique of non-violence?
Dec
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reviewed No Action Needed Instances of Jauhar around the world
Dec
7
comment Does the number of legs in the air of a horse statue indicate how its rider died?
[Snopes]( snopes.com/military/statue.asp). Please do research before asking.
Dec
7
comment How did people distinguish slaves from free people in Ancient Rome?
If I recall correctly there were fairly dramatic punishments for attempting this. Most people are law abiding; there are plenty of crimes that we are smart enough to get away with, but we choose to obey the law even when it is inconvenient. Finally, one couldn't just "move into a town"; purchasing property was only available to a wealthy class who all knew one another's relatives. If the slave had a profession and tried to practice the profession in the new town, the incumbents would object.
Dec
7
comment Will someone help me understand the following quotation about Calvinism?
I'm not sure this is a history question - the source is right there. Interpretation of this source seems to require theological skills rather than historical skills. For example, comparison of the autonomy of Lutheran and Calvinist religious communities requires an understanding of the rule of the religious community, the integration of the religious community and ultimately the aims of the community; these are theological questions, not historical questions.
Dec
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reviewed Leave Open Will someone help me understand the following quotation about Calvinism?
Dec
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reviewed Leave Open Was it controversial when Parliament restricted the suffrage to the Forty Shilling Freeholders in 1430?
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reviewed Close How was birth control realized in ancient times?
Dec
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reviewed Leave Open Were 'Phillipe de Croy' and 'William Whyte' historical people?
Dec
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reviewed Reviewed When did formal social dance fall out of favor in the US?
Dec
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comment When did formal social dance fall out of favor in the US?
Citations and research would improve this answer. Now it is a plausible opinion; it could be an answer.