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My main occupation is to debug cruft I write in my free time.

That is, after struggling to stay alive.


Oct
6
comment Why did modern “Romania” remain the most “Roman” part of the Balkans?
@Duncan This answer does not convince me either. The term Byzantine is a historiographical one, granted, and the Byzantine called themselves Romans. But the language of the Empire was much more related to Greek than to Latin. This was evident already during the late Roman Empire (V cen.), but became more and more obvious under Justinian (VI cen.) and finally Heraclius (VII cen.) Although they could have been influenced by the Byzantine, I doubt that the weak and short-lived Latin Empire of Constantinople could had exerted such a deep and long lasting influence. How do you address these?
Oct
3
comment Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?
@Semaphore Because I wrote from Morocco to Lybia, when you wrote "in both those countries" I interpreted it as Egypt and Syria being the two countries, which is what T.E.D. said at the beginning. Besides that, the numbers you give must be compared to the populations of these countries. Egypt has ~10% of Christians, whereas the countries you listed have percentages up to 1%. Besides that, most of these Christians have been "reintroduced" after Western colonisation, whereas in Egypt and Syria, and in Lebanon and Iraq, they are the heirs of the first Christians. I hope this helps to clarify.
Oct
3
comment Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?
I have improved my question, as the original framing did not emphasize the difference between North Western Africa and Syria/Egypt
Oct
2
comment Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?
@T.E.D.Semaphore. At this point I must admit that my question was formulated badly. Do you suggest me to edit it or to open a new one?
Oct
2
comment Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?
@T.E.D. I thought about North Africa without Egypt. In fact my question was in particular about why Christianity disappeared from Morocco to Libya, but not in Egypt and Syria.
May
5
comment Origin of the Subdivisons of Hell/Heaven
@andy256 I did not specify in the question, because I don't want the answer to be limited to a particular religion/culture. I am interested in anything might have influenced the content of Isra and Mi'raj.
May
4
comment Origin of the Subdivisons of Hell/Heaven
About the edits, I acknowledge them, but I still maintain that Dante's work is the Comedy, not the Divine Comedy, where the adjective was added by later commentators (Boccaccio, if I remember correctly).
Mar
27
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
I disagree with your explanation. Based on language only, we would assume that modern Turkish people are descendent of Seljuk, Ottoman or other Turkic people. Well, genetics suggest that Turkish people are much more similar to Europeans and Middle East people than they are to Turkic people. For the language quite the opposite is true (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_history_of_the_Turkish_people)
Feb
25
comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
There is an alternate theory, which states that the Romans expanded North as far as the Celtic civilization had done. The theory states that (limited to these regions) the Celtic society was still a "profitable" conquer for the Romans, while societies less structured than that (like the Germans') were not. As for the wine, consider that the range of a crop can change over time due to changes in global/local climate as well as in the varieties selected by farmers.
Feb
18
comment Why did Italy abandon its alliance with Germany in WW1 and join the Allied side?
@TomAu I disagree that Italy and Germany were allied "basically against Austria". They were allied primarily against France, which (from the Italian point of view) was preventing Italy from annexing the Papal States. This is a well known fact, as proven also by the outcome of that war.
Feb
18
comment Why did Italy abandon its alliance with Germany in WW1 and join the Allied side?
@TomAu I disagree. Italy and Germany had been allied against France in 1870.
Feb
14
comment At what point did Soviet armored units have qualitative parity with Wehrmacht armored units?
This seems a good answer, but I'd rather see some references before upvoting :)
Feb
14
comment At what point did Soviet armored units have qualitative parity with Wehrmacht armored units?
At one instance the Germans managed to destroy the tank I know that story, I had a link to an excellent WWII website, but have lost it. Will try to dig it up.
Jul
15
comment What are the factors that caused the new world civilizations to be less technologically advanced than the old world?
@LouisRhys My take was that Anixx should have asked the question - so I didn't
Jun
21
comment New theory on origins of modern-day Romania?
@Ovi The time needed to influence the language of a population depends on a number of factors, including e.g. the number of colonists sent and the presence (and prestige) of a local writing. Just my 2 cents.
Jun
20
comment What was Libya's form of direct democracy (Jamahiria) like in practice?
@EugeneSeidel Amicus Eugene, sed magis amica veritas: there is no contradiction in the passage, because the elected representatives would just pass the results of the local voting. In representative democracies instead it is the representative himself that decides how to vote, according to his own judgement.
Jun
19
comment What right/legitimacy did Normans have to a kingdom in Southern Italy?
@FelixGoldberg By the way, my initial reference about Henry III's plan to use the Normans against Byzantium is based on Runciman's work. Admittedly he mentions this fact only briefly, the focus of his book being elsewhere.
Jun
19
comment What right/legitimacy did Normans have to a kingdom in Southern Italy?
@FelixGoldberg I agree with your reconstruction. Our opinions diverge - I think - in that when they started establishing themselves (rather than serving as mercenaries) they had some sort of legal acknowledgment from the Emperor and Pope. The very Ranulf received multiple acknowledgments from Conrad II.
Jun
19
comment What right/legitimacy did Normans have to a kingdom in Southern Italy?
@FelixGoldberg Dear Felix, please have a look at my "answer" below. Although it is only tentative, it suggests that things might have been different. Best
Jun
18
comment How did the Roman state verify citizenship?
I would upvote this, if you could formulate an exhaustive answer (citing references).