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Sep
26
comment Organisation of mercenaries
Revolutionary War? The question is about the War of the Roses, you're off by over three centuries...
Sep
24
comment Who came up with the name “Peloponnesian War”?
Re your 2nd edit: The term "Peloponnesian war" appears in the English translation, but not in the original text. In the original text the sentence is: "τούτου δὲ τοῦ πολέμου μῆκός τε μέγα προύβη" (~ this war was prolonged to an immense length)
Sep
24
comment What were the responses to Copernicus' heliocentric theory?
De revolutionibus orbium coelestium#Reception
Sep
24
comment Is it true that Spartan soldiers fought naked?
@Vector Stylized for the benefit of the viewer would be my guess.
Sep
24
comment Is it true that Spartan soldiers fought naked?
@jwenting "the Greeks had no horses" Hm? What then is the creature the rider on the third image is on? (also see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippeis). Now, you make a good point about the weight of the armour and shield, but you're forgetting a critical detail: The warriors didn't carry much, that was what slaves were for. For example, in the Battle of Thermopylae, each of the 300 Spartan hoplites had at least 2 and maybe even 3 perioikoi each.
Sep
16
comment Where, exactly, was the “Sudetenland?”
@TomAu Again, what?!? Read your source, and my comments. I don't disagree with your source, you disagree with your source. "The areas marked on the map are mostly mountains." No, they are not. They are areas of German speaking Czechs. Some of the areas are mountains, some are not. Sudetenland is not just the Sudeten mountains, as your other question implied, and the parts of Sudetenland that are near Plzen are not mountainous.
Sep
16
comment Where, exactly, was the “Sudetenland?”
"which he considered the heart of the Sudetenland" Hm... what?!?! From your question: "Were the nearby Sudeten mountains..." I was just pointing out the Sudeten are nowhere near Plzeň and Skoda Works. Also, where does the "popularly referred to in interwar period as the Sudetenland." comes from? The name was only popular with German nationalists, Nazis and Nazi sympathizers
Sep
16
comment How/why did Plzeň become the “armourer” for Austria-Hungary?
Plzeň, where Škoda Works was founded, was not in Sudetenland. Very near, but not in. Also, it's west of Prague, while the Sudetes are on the other side of the country, about 250Km away from Plzeň, on the borders with Poland.
Sep
13
comment Is it true that US tracer rounds were red and VC green during Vietnam war?
Hm, I do remember a story about US troops using green flamed M62 tracers in Iraq to confuse Iraqis. NATO tracers are indeed red(ish) and white, but no idea how standard that is, what the standard was in Vietnam, or if green was the standard for Warsaw Pact countries.
Sep
7
comment Why didn't Alexander invade India?
From the Greek side, no one but Alexander cared about conquering India. The enemy was the Persians, and they had already been defeated. The mutiny is mentioned in Greek sources, and it makes sense, at that point in time Alexander's army had no realistic goal (reaching the end of the world isn't particularly realistic).
Sep
1
comment Why the different jail terms for the brigatisti involved in Aldo Moro's death?
Moretti was sentenced to six life sentences, Barbara Balzerani to one. So, the actual sentences seem to be more inline with their participation, although both were paroled. Also, it was never proven in court that Moretti carried out the execution.
Aug
24
comment What role did War elephants play in the battle of Thermopylae?
"I still find it incredibly unlikely that you could convince an elephant to charge up a narrow mountain pass" War elephants were used in the 191 BC battle of Thermopylae between the Romans and the Seleucids.
Aug
4
comment Did the commonwealth surrender prematurely at Crete?
@SchwitJanwityanujit Couldn't resupply? You'll have to check your sources, the Italians had already landed on Crete a day before the allied evacuation.
Jul
27
comment Did the commonwealth surrender prematurely at Crete?
"The only advantage the Germans had was air supremacy" That's no small advantage.
Jul
19
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
@Felix Ancient Greeks called themselves Hellenes, and so do modern Greeks. The proper name of the country is Hellas (from Hellen, the mythological progenitor of all Greeks). "Greek", on the other hand, comes from a relatively minor mythological hero, Γραικός (~Grekos). He was one of the countless spawns of Zeus (with Pandora, the one with the box). The name was used in ancient Greece as a name for its people (e.g. in the Parian Chronicle, and by Aristotle in Meteorologica), but it was popularized mainly by Roman writers.
Jul
15
comment Was there public resistance to Queen Hatshepsut's reign in ancient Egypt?
I don't think it counts as public resistance (more of a cultural thing), but Hatshepsut was commonly depicted as a man during her reign (with a full grown beard).
Jul
15
comment In the context of Ancient Egypt, what could “Priest of On” mean?
@FelixGoldberg On comes from the Egyptian name of the city (ỉwnw -> awen -> on). Heliopolis is the Greek name. Furthermore, Potipherah means "he whom Ra has given", which would be an apt name for the governor / high priest of the city where the main cult of Ra was located.
Jul
15
comment In the context of Ancient Egypt, what could “Priest of On” mean?
@WorldEngineer The interpretation of the passage would indeed be more suitable for Biblical Hermeneutics, but I think there's also an on topic history question here, On is one of the names of Heliopolis.
Jul
14
comment Why did Soviet soldiers who plundered occupied territories during WW2 prefer watches to other valuables?
@FelixGoldberg I don't think we'll ever know for sure if it was actually a looted watch, a compass, or the fellow in the photograph enjoyed wearing two watches (hey, stranger things have happened). Nevertheless, I think it's safe to assume that the object was scrubbed out to avoid giving the perception of looting, whatever the object was.
Jul
14
comment Is there an example of Egypt recording defeat?
@AL There's nothing to disprove, the assumption that the Egyptians should have recorded their defeats is false. It's an anachronistic argument that doesn't take into account the propagandistic nature of Egyptian records. The argument also falsely assumes that records of defeat would stand the same changes as records of triumphs to survive to this day. Even if records of defeat existed, they wouldn't be found in the friezes in Karnak (for example); they would be written in fragile papyrus, that would have disintegrated after a century or two.