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Aug
15
comment Did the Romans ever deploy troops to, or try to conquer, Ireland?
You could also probably invoke internal Roman political reasons. For instance Claudius' motivations to posture as a legitimate heir to his predecessors in the Julio-Claudian dynasty in the case of the conquest of Britain in 43AD. How would have the conquest of Hibernia been perceived by the Senate? Worth conquest?. Remember Simon Schama's opening meme: "From its earliest days, Britain was an object of desire. Tacitus declared it pretium victoriae – 'worth the conquest', the best compliment that could occur to a Roman.
Aug
3
comment What was the fertility rate in Ancient Rome and how did this number evolve over time?
@HonzaZidek, I did not intend to answer and this is why I just added this as a comment. If you want to get to the bottom of this one, googling will not be sufficient. I suggest reading the followings: Keith Hopkins "Death and Renewal" CUP (pp 69-106) and "Demography and Roman Society" T.G. Parkin (pp 91-133).
Jul
31
comment What was the fertility rate in Ancient Rome and how did this number evolve over time?
One simple observation. Since praemomen (first names) were often assigned according to the order of birth, the fact that we know many Sextus, Septimus, Octavius and Decimus means that it was not uncommon to have 10 children per woman.
Jul
25
revised What did other European powers say when Portugal and Spain signed the Treaty of Tordesillas?
Changed past participles for infinitives where nevessary ("have" => past participle, "did" => infinitive).
Jul
25
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Jul
22
comment Sea people and the Trojan War?
@Slereah and in The end of the Bronze Age by Robert Drews. A classical.
Jul
8
revised Why do so many national flags contain the color red?
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Jul
8
answered Why do so many national flags contain the color red?
Jul
8
comment Why did Great Britain switch its alliance to France?
Not to mention Edward VII's francophilia who anecdotally, aged 13, asked Napoleon III whether he could be "his son" and who kept all his life a deep attachment to France (and managed to be loved in Paris even by hard die republicans). A convenient circumstance that helped support the geopolitical interest in the public opinion on both side of the English channel.
Jun
24
comment Painting of a French man in a red jacket around 1850, who is this man?
@LauraAS, As for the model, I have this more to share. The painting itself is 'pre-impressionist' (again very far from his later works in the Académie/Salon technique). See the play with the patches of sunlight on the ground, the chestnut trees, the dresses, the uniforms. And GH was a student of Charles Gleyre. Now who else were students of Charles Gleyre? Monet, Bazille, Whistler, Renoir and Sisley. So may be these artists also made some copies of the same earlier artist. Once you get a list of names, researching might be easier.
Jun
21
comment Painting of a French man in a red jacket around 1850, who is this man?
@LauraAS. It could however be a copy by GH of some earlier painting by a local French painter. You'll agree that this is very far from the neoclassical style and subjects that GH will be later known for (more like David or Ingres). You probably know that young artists (GH would be in his mid 20s at the time) would improve their technique by copying other painters (in the Louvres for instance). So that's the only way I can think of that would reconcile the signature and the subjects.
Jun
21
revised Painting of a French man in a red jacket around 1850, who is this man?
Corrected typo in king's name
Jun
21
comment Painting of a French man in a red jacket around 1850, who is this man?
Very unlikely IMO. The hair is different and all the piece of clothing point to a period between between 1800 and 1820. And this is a British uniform.
Jun
21
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Jun
21
comment Painting of a French man in a red jacket around 1850, who is this man?
Except that none of the French kings you name have this face. Not even Louis XVIII - and surely not Louis Philippe of Charles X.
Jun
21
comment Painting of a French man in a red jacket around 1850, who is this man?
@LauraAS, I think you might have to change your attribution to Germán Hernández Amores. I saw the GH 'signature' in the lower left corner but I have a number of objections. If the scene is in France it is probably 50 years earlier. Fashion in the 1850's would demand crinoline-type dresses whereas the two female characters in the foreground wear empire dresses (even the same hat and same as the young girl). The uniform of the two officers in the back are also distinctively first empire and this seems consistent with several other characters in the background (revolutionary bonnets).
Jun
8
revised How did Milton know about Egyptian gods like Osiris, Isis and Orus?
Changed "Trimagistus" (from where?) for Trismegistus (Τρισμέγιστος) as the Latin version is NOT Tri-magistus but "Ter Maximus"
Jun
8
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Apr
25
comment Where did the Gaels originate?
@Noldorin (end :-) To sum it up, IMO, the Celtic superstrata in Ireland came from the South through metal trade (tin ore in Cornwall), not from the continent through the French rivers and the English Channel and way before La Tene. I'm sure you've read some of Barry Cunliffe's book. I'm more on this side than on the Historic Halstatt Academic theories. In my view Celts from Spain were there much before what is attested and were the Atlantic arms of the Mediterranean Phoenician traders.
Apr
25
comment Where did the Gaels originate?
@Noldorin, (cont'd) Look at all the mentions of Tarshish/Tartessos in the Bible. Also consider recent claims that Tartessian bear some Celtic languages characteristics and Celtoiberian is a Q-Celtic, as Goidelic is. Consider that Spain was very rich in all sorts of metals readily available from many rivers (Rio Tinto - RIO (NYSE)). We are talking here time periods way before Halstatt here.