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entrepreneur; graduate in mathematics / theoretical computer science / theoretical physics; polymath-in-training

based in London, United Kingdom


Oct
16
comment What was the life expectancy of an ancient roman child and adult?
Don't you mean above average death rate? I wouldn't care to guess any.
Oct
16
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
Interesting find; thanks. Do you have any harder evidence that this one small citation in Wikipedia though? I want to believe, but can't quite yet...
Oct
16
comment Did Sun Tzu's “Art of War” influence Napoleon's philosophy of war and strategy?
Interesting question; I suspect the answer is yes, to some degree. But he also would have admired other great leaders of the Early Modern period, and above all Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, being such a lover of classical antiquity as we all know.
Oct
16
comment What was the life expectancy of an ancient roman child and adult?
Heavily skewed by infanticide, which was regularly practices and not considered immoral in the day. I'm curious which period of Roman antiquity these stats come from, and also which geographical region. Some urban areas of Italy in the heydey of the Empire (say, 100 A.D. or so) would have had rather high life expectancy, I'd bet (compared to the barbarians). Also worth noting is the very high lead consumption, especially by the aristocracy, due to its ubiquitous use in cookware and plumbing.
Oct
16
revised What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
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Oct
16
comment Where did the Gaels originate?
Any folks here care to give it a shot? I'd never down-vote an attempt, so long as its on-topic. :-) Please feel free.
Oct
16
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
I very much agree with @quant_dev here... it's more about how the struggle manifests itself. Loosely, we can label such means as constructive and destructive. Ironically, the Roman Empire, while far more autocratic, allowed for greater upward social mobility.
Oct
16
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
Okay. Fixed that comment, and also updated the post, adding references. Hope it looks better now. :-)
Oct
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Oct
16
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
@Faraz: Exactly; not sure why I got these two men confused! same period, I suppose. Thanks anywya.
Oct
16
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Oct
15
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
(See my attempt at an answer below. :-)
Oct
15
answered What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
Oct
15
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
The Roman Republic is probably best described as a pseudo-democracy. It's founding and initial set-up actually pre-dated Athenian democracy by some years, but even until its dying days it was more of a "democracy for the privileged". Nonetheless, it was clearly a very successful model for a state.
Oct
15
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
Athens as a democratic state lasted from the late 6th century B.C. until its conquest by the Macedonians in the late 4th century BC. As far as I'm concerned, it was an exemplar of democratic virtue during this time. Athens in this area was one of the highest points in human civilisation until modern times, in my view.
Oct
15
comment Are the Xibe people the same as the Manchu?
Hmm. They are definitely closely related, in all the aspects you mention: cultural, ethnically, linguistically. How and when they diverged though might be an interesting questions. Perhaps that is what you are curious about overall? :-) (Wikipedia seems to answer much of the other stuff.)
Oct
15
comment Is the “youth bulge” hypothesis an evident explanation for imperialistic/rebellious historic movements and genocides?
Interesting question. This sort of crosses over with 'mass psychology', but is definitely history too. :-)
Oct
15
comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
@Squark: No, that not the universal definition of demand. Mine is perfectly acceptable. Please see Lev, who probably explained it even better than me...
Oct
15
comment How did Magnus IV of Sweden come of age at 15?
Ah, fair enough then. :-)
Oct
15
comment Is there any documentation regarding the use of war elephants in battles?
All historical sources I have read suggest Alexander could have subdued the rest of the kingdom after defeating King Porus. However, his tactic had always been to create 'client states'. Much easier, less bloodshed, and he's still the high king. :-)