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comment How tall were the Jerusalem temples?
Anything's possible, but for reference a modern "storey" is about 3M each, so that would be the equivalent of a doorway about 18 stories high. Another alternative is that those numbers are witness estimates (likely from two different people), not architectural specs. People are notoriously bad at estimating vertical distances. Unfortunately, that would leave our poor OQ back where he started from. All we'd be able to say is "really high".
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comment What did Richlieu mean by his “six lines” quote?
I always thought it meant the latter. The trick is getting everyone to accept your (re)interpretation. You can see this pretty darn clearly just by following US politics. My favorite example I heard from a (former) southern Senator(?), who made the mistake on the campaign trail of admitting that he was sick of eating barbeque. It subsequently became a huge issue, and he lost his election.
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comment What did Richlieu mean by his “six lines” quote?
It sounds like something Voltaire would have written. However, that could well be a trap. Voltaire at the point of your reference was roughly equivalent in distance and stature in France to where Mark Twain is currently in English (or at least American) literature. Twain is constantly getting pithy sayings misattributed to him because it sounds plausible.
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comment How tall were the Jerusalem temples?
Note that a biblical cubit is usually reckoned at around 46cm, so this would work out to 14 meters tall, 55 meters tall, and 46 meters tall respectively. BTW: How exactly was the entryway 4 times taller than the building itself? Either you got something wrong, the Bible got something wrong, or they had really interesting architecture.
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comment Why were Spain and Portugal neutral / not invaded in WWII?
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comment Why were Spain and Portugal neutral / not invaded in WWII?
Great answer. I had heard a lot of this before, but the answer goes into more detail than I had seen.
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comment Did Charlemagne's Christian conquest of Germany cause the Vikings to hit back at Britain?
No link to the article you are referring to?
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comment Did Charlemagne's Christian conquest of Germany cause the Vikings to hit back at Britain?
I've heard this said as well, in regards to the Viking raids that preceded their colonization of England.
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comment How did McClellan's and Grant's strategies vary when capturing Richmond?
+1, this is pretty much it. I might argue with the "paper pusher" bit, but yes, whatever the opposite of a "good field commander" is, McClellan was one of those. Lee totally played him.
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comment Which was the last pitched battle fought by Western powers?
@CGCampbell ... and thus not "armies". I do think it ought to be possible to make this into a (nearly anyway) answerable objective question, but it needs a bit more tweaking to get there.
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comment What disruptions were brought about by Islam that the Arabians saw so many victories?
Agreed. It probably didn't hurt that for most of those places the invaders were closer culturally to the locals than their own imperial rulers.
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comment Was the British Empire a force for good?
Reference: What have the Romans ever done for us?
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comment How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
@PieterGeerkens That is not generally accepted in the scientific community, and considering the inflammatory nature of the charge, you really shouldn't throw it up like its some kind of known fact. Either way, its an argument about data, whereas I'm talking about the theories.
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comment Does what Macaulay said or not said matter?
What little parts of this question that aren't subjective (and thus off-topic) are almost certainly covered by this question.