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Jul
25
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Was the question downvoted due to the "Persia" example? Downvoter, please let me know what you see that could be improved. Thanks.
Jul
25
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Thanks TED and Joe. I'm actually having difficulty attributing that statement, which is why there is no link. If I cannot find an attribution then I will remove the "Persia" example. The question still stands, though, even without that example. Thanks.
Jul
25
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
I just found another terrific relevant Wikipedia article: Early world maps.
Jul
25
comment Short or long Roman numerals?
The chat discussion is not longer archived. What was the conclusion?
Jul
25
asked What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Jul
25
comment What was the significance of changing the name of “Persia” to “Iran”?
Might the European use of the word "Persia" to refer to Iran be analogous with the Roman use of the word "Palestine" to refer to the Levant? I understand that both were intended to separate (in the eyes of the Greeks and Romans) the lands from those who were currently inhabiting it. Are there other examples of such "conquerors renaming" to separate the people from the land?
Jul
25
comment What made Alexander great?
I believe that Veeraraj means "cameo" like "talisman", what would be said in English as either "good luck" or "predestined". Is this right, Veeraraj?
Jul
22
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Thanks. I am actually now reading that very wikipedia page as it was mentioned in another question of mine.
Jul
22
answered Why didn't Russia help Saddam Hussein as it is helping Syria now?
Jul
22
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Thank you Lennart, this is exactly the information that I was looking for. I did not realise the importance of triangulation. But how did triangulation help for placing islands not within sight of the mainland?
Jul
22
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
The Mediterranean areas look pretty good.
Jul
22
accepted At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Jul
17
comment Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Thanks Veeraraj.
Jul
17
comment Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Thank you Veeraraj. Are these kings well-known to the common Indian today? If I mention them to an Indian could I reasonable expect them to be familiar with these kings? Thanks!
Jul
17
accepted Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Jul
17
comment Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
More! Thanks, Bryce, with the edit and clarifications this is a terrific answer. I especially appreciate that you were able to mention figures commonly recognised, where I will be able to use them as examples in conversation and expect the other party to know who I am talking about.
Jul
17
comment In which historical trials was God summoned as a witness?
I seem to have found something. This subject is rather difficult to google for, as the relevant keywords are used in unrelated biblical contexts. This is a terrific question for H.SE.
Jul
17
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Thank you Nicolas, very timely!
Jul
16
answered How did people travel to remote islands like Easter Island?
Jul
16
comment Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Thank you, this is rather interesting. It also demonstrates a flaw in my question, which shall be the basis of another question if I can't google it. Thank you T.E.D., your answers are always informative.