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Jan
26
comment Where exactly was the Chernobyl reactor that exploded?
@Semaphore Yes. I was under the impression the containment shell had been completed (it was supposed to be in 2013) and moved over the reactor, but it seems that's not the case.
Jan
25
comment Where exactly was the Chernobyl reactor that exploded?
"...5000 metric tons of sand, lead, clay, and neutron-absorbing boron..." That's what you would have seen in 1986. Today, there's a sarcophagus covering reactor four: google.se/maps/place/…
Jan
23
comment Who said, “Watch your thoughts, they your become words”
Some interesting information about the quote (including a possible source): quoteinvestigator.com/2013/01/10/watch-your-thoughts
Jan
23
comment When did Phintys say “A woman's particular virtue is modesty . . .”?
"I don't go around attacking your answers and pointing out the many flaws in them" Please do. If there are flaws in my answers, I'd like nothing more than to fix them.
Jan
23
comment When did Phintys say “A woman's particular virtue is modesty . . .”?
The quote is from Phintys' treatise "Περὶ γυναικὸς σωφροσύνης". We don't know exactly when it was written, the language used was a Doric dialect used in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.
Jan
23
comment When did Phintys say “A woman's particular virtue is modesty . . .”?
This is incorrect, bordering on bs. We don't know who Phintys' father was. Some sources mention Callicrates, others mention Callicratidas (who may or may not have been a Spartan admiral). Even if her father's name was Callicrates, we know absolutely nothing about him. Furthermore, although we don't know exactly when Phintys lived, it was either in the 4th or the 3rd century BC, not in the 5th. Please refrain from posting answers when you have no knowledge of the subject matter.
Jan
12
comment When were the first mosques established in Constantinople?
AFAIK, the first mosque in Constantinople was built in Chalcedon (Kadıköy) when the Ottomans conquered the Asian part of the city in 1353. That's over a century after the first publication of Liber Abaci in 1202.
Jan
9
comment Would Plutarch be considered a historian by modern standards?
@TylerDurden I think that's the most accurate description. Perhaps you should consider expanding your comment to an answer?
Jan
9
comment Would Plutarch be considered a historian by modern standards?
"It must be borne in mind that my design is not to write histories, but lives." - Life of Alexander, Plutarch.
Jan
1
comment Did it make sense for the Roman Empire to build a great wall?
When it made sense (geographically & politically), they did. See: Antonine Wall & Hadrian's Wall.
Jan
1
comment Primary sources from Umayyad times
@CGCampbell We exclude reference requests because more often than not they turn into open ended & wildy subjective polls (opinionated book reviews, etc). Sometimes, they also attract outright spam. I don't think a question asking for primary sources is in any danger of that.
Dec
19
comment Was Alexander the Great ever an emperor?
Archistrategos is a military term, not a political one.
Dec
19
comment Was Alexander the Great ever an emperor?
We don't know for sure if Alexander adopted the title of Shahanshah. That said, I don't think it matters. He was the defacto leader of the largest state of its time.
Nov
28
comment What was the relatively most populous city in history?
@MichaelBorgwardt Fixed a mistake in my numbers, 200 AD Rome moved up to third place. (I had 80,000 instead of 800,000 in one of its estimates). I think the numbers are correct now, but please take a look at the linked spreadsheet to verify.
Nov
20
comment When did scientists first postulate that Earth's atmosphere might have an upper limit?
@Semaphore It's not off topic here, so it shouldn't be moved anywhere. Especially to a brand new site that has a long way to go before becoming a permanent fixture on the network (I sincerely hope it will, but at this point we simply don't know).
Nov
5
comment Nazi attitude towards pro-Nazi Jews
Thanks for taking the time to improve the question @JustAsking.
Nov
5
comment Nazi attitude towards pro-Nazi Jews
It was the earlier version of the question that was closed @Anixx (check the revision history). In any case, the question is open now.
Oct
21
comment Did the date of 9/11 have significance, or was it chosen randomly?
Related (on Skeptics): Was the date for the 9/11 attack chosen to be the same as the emergency number in the U.S. (911)?
Oct
20
comment When did prostitution become illegal in the United States and why?
See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_prostitution#United_States
Oct
15
comment When did the Greeks stop calling themselves “Roman”?
Ρωμιός (Rhomaios) is still used, albeit mostly casually.