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

based in London, United Kingdom


Oct
8
awarded  Good Answer
Jun
15
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
@Lohoris: Fair enough! My previous one was subjective to be fair, and it's invariably subject to cultural bias -- certainly professional historians aren't in agreement over it even.
Jun
14
comment Were Shakespeare's plays written for “high culture” or “entertain the bawdy masses” during his time?
Yeah, South Park somewhat less so I think. It tends to be slightly more crass compared to the early Simpsons episodes, and although the issues may be genuine and contemporary, the humour was less high-brow. But yeah, general point is fair.
Jun
14
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Some of this answer is just misinformation I'm afraid. Also, most of Canada was willingly ceded to the British, due to French military defeats elsewhere or general weakening. The British hardly conquered it per se!
Jun
14
comment What cultures have had a lasting effect on Sicilian culture?
Glad to help. Indeed, this answer was mainly meant to serve as a overview and preamble to any detailed investigation/research you want to do. For sure, I myself am not too cogent of the specifics. :)
Jun
14
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
I don't like this unnecessary and self-righteous trend of political correctness to portray the conquered indigenous peoples of the New World as having cultures or societies that were equally civilised in every respect. Fact was, many simply weren't, at least by the prevalent Western standards of civilisation. Others were more so; but most had the habit of slow stagnation.
Jun
14
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
@Lohoris: The difference is exceedingly obvious. Witches were burnt because some people (yes, obsessives/fanatics) thought they were dangerous to society and an affront to Christianity. Aztec sacrifices were performed on at least as innocent persons for the simple sake of "appeasing the gods" (often encouraging rain for the crops), and were typically a rather more brutal form of death -- not that burning alive was pleasant!
Jun
14
awarded  Revival
Jun
14
comment Is treason ever successful?
In any case, +1 for your expansions.
Jun
14
comment Is treason ever successful?
Okay, so I looked into this a bit more... "Pyrrhic" is probably too harsh, although historians seem quite ignorant of the numbers, except that the Persian army was much longer. It's generally thought that the Battle of Thermopylae was of moderate but not overwhelming importance in the Persian wars. Persian losses were much greater by number, but probably not very different by percentage. Historians seem to concur that the battle provided an effective test of military strength, tactics, and techniques against the Persians, as well as a huge psychological/morale boost despite the loss.
Jun
13
comment Did any Ethiopian leaders help the Italians?
Yep, I wasn't really offering info. Curious to hear of a real answer here too...
Jun
13
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
While I'm sure that Medieval Europea was at least as brutal in warfare and probably took far more lives through the course of its history (naturally, as there were far more competing powers and peoples in limited space) -- I don't think it's fair to say that European cultures were quite so bloodthirsty and villainous to their own people, for the most part. Human sacrifice at least was a very rare occurrence in medieval Europe, not least because it was seen as occult and anti-Christian.
Jun
13
comment Did any Ethiopian leaders help the Italians?
Interesting question. I would be quite astonished if some notable Ethiopians with local power did not assist the Italians -- from a purely pragmatic viewpoint. That is, they envisioned an Italian win, and thought it advantageous to be on the winning side.
Jun
13
answered What cultures have had a lasting effect on Sicilian culture?
Jun
13
comment What cultures have had a lasting effect on Sicilian culture?
@MichaelF: Hmm I see you still haven't gotten an answer here; I'm surprised. Good job updating the question too. :) Incidentally, I think I was notified of this question again just because History reverted into Beta...
Jun
13
comment Did the Latins see the Etruscans as a plague?
The Latins (specifically the Romans, but also its Latin allies) organised themselves and soon proved themselves more adept at war than the Etruscans. They in turn conquered the Etruscans, partially absorbing their culture and indeed arranging marriage unions/adopting Etruscan kings. So yes, Etruria is a slightly older civilization, and they lost out in the end (winners write the history eh). I don't think either side had any moral high ground, and their civilisations were well united by ~400 BC.
Jun
13
comment Did the Latins see the Etruscans as a plague?
While I can't answer the question, a few things to note: The Etruscans were slightly more advanced in the days of the early Roman Kingdom, though the difference in civilisation/education was pretty minor. Remember that the Etruscans were effectively civilised by contact with the Greeks, starting only a couple of centuries (at most!) before the foundation of Rome. Now, the Etruscans had very different customs, did not speak an Italic language, and had previously tried to exert hegemony over the Latins/neighbouring Italics. ...
Jun
13
comment Did the Latins see the Etruscans as a plague?
@AlainPannetier: I believe three of the Roman Kings were Etruscan or part-Etruscan, and neither of the first two.
Jun
13
comment Is treason ever successful?
Indeed; this may not be the most textbook example, but it's technically very much treason still.
Jun
13
comment Is treason ever successful?
I don't know what you're talking about with respect to the Graeco-Persian wars. It was a pyrrhic victory for the Persians, without doubt; followed by decisive Greek victories in the next decades.