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comment What were the origins of Etruscan Civilisation?
@T.E.D.: Language is part of culture. In any case, linguistic evidence is scarce. All we know more or less for sure is that Etruscan together with Lenmian and Rhaetic forms a very small language family, Tyrrhenian, as far as we know unrelated to any other. There are speculations about a relation with Indo-European. So this does not help us. It is of course striking that a Tyrrhenian language was spoken so close to Anatolia (on Lemnos); but still there is nothing like a consensus, alas.
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comment When did homosexuality become unacceptable in Europe?
@Robusto: Thanks! About this absence of pleasure-seeking: I would be a bit sceptical of any works published before Dover's Greek Hompsexuality. He decided to assess all common assumptions of the past very critically; earlier works tended to reproduce common beliefs among classicists that may have been based on romantic ideas from the 19th century, where sex was still fairly taboo. A kind of wishful thinking about history. Pleasure sought in homosexual acts was unthinkable. Dover (1978) says nothing about this absence of pleasure Kitto mentions in the fifties, so...
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comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
@Martin: I'm sorry, but I really don't think "Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 14th century?" is appropriate when it organized several huge expeditions after the 14th century. I really honestly don't understand this at all.
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comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
@Martin: Both the explorations (1405–1433) of Zheng He and the great isolation happened in the 15th century, not the 14th. Why do you mention the beginning of the Ming?
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comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
You mean the 15th century.
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comment Which country traces its roots back to the oldest civilization?
I really think Lennart's question is essential in this matter. "Civilization" is hardly an academically fixed concept.
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comment What was Lenin's major criticism of or differences with Marx?
I believe an important difference was that Marx had an industrialized society in mind where his class struggle was expected to lead to a classless state through a revolution of the industrial proletariat, not a mainly agrarian society like Russia; but Lenin tried to incite various non-industrial segments of society to bring about a classless state in agrarian Russia.
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comment Pedophilia in ancient Greek and Roman culture
@Lennart: I think my explicit statement that it was not about sex with prepubescent children should have been clear enough; but I suppose a short discussion of the various definitions would improve my answer, so I have added that. Is this better?
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comment Pedophilia in ancient Greek and Roman culture
@Nol: That is true if you compare Athens with Rome; but I believe many other Greek cities had stronger taboos against it, so it would be difficult to compare the whole with Rome. Besides, I believe there were significant differences between the various cultures within the Roman Empire too.
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comment Pedophilia in ancient Greek and Roman culture
P.S. How am I blurring the difference if I explicitly state that they did not normally have sex with prepubescent boys? That seems clear enough.