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Jun
24
comment Why did Stalin keep the famine of 1932 a secret?
@mart Someone lost their keys again.
Jun
24
comment Where can I find open historical map data?
Our sister site Open Data Stack Exchange might be helpful. They seem to have a few "historical data" questions.
Jun
4
comment Did the Vikings practice human sacrifice?
I don't think the question is about the blood eagle. Although there is one instance of it shown in the series, it's clearly an execution and not voluntary sacrifice.
May
11
comment What did the letter theta symbolize in ancient Greece?
Do you have a better source than Wikipedia?
May
11
comment What did the letter theta symbolize in ancient Greece?
@PieterGeerkens We could, however, prove that the Greeks used a different letter to signify thought or life. This would strongly suggest that Hubbard was talking nonsense.
May
11
comment What did the letter theta symbolize in ancient Greece?
I don't see how the meaning of teth has anything to do with my question.
May
11
comment What did the letter theta symbolize in ancient Greece?
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​And?
Mar
9
comment Did the Delphic oracle speak gibberish?
Yes. Apparently, today I fail at reading.
Feb
17
comment What buildings could be found in the inner ward of a castle?
@PieterGeerkens In the case of York Castle it was both.
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.