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Dec
30
comment What broad changes to “world thought” happened in the 6th and 5th centuries BC?
One more for your list: Most of the Jewish Torah was probably written around the 6th Century BCE. All of this intellectual activity starting nearly simultaneously (in human history terms) doesn't seem like it could possibly be a coincidence, so I'd think a good question about the causes of that could be asked.
Dec
30
revised Searching for a very powerful Indian sword
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Dec
30
revised Searching for a very powerful Indian sword
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Dec
30
comment Searching for a very powerful Indian sword
+1 Great answer, but I have enough comments to add to it that I just made another answer.
Dec
30
answered Searching for a very powerful Indian sword
Dec
28
comment Did the more experienced hoplites fight in the front or the back of the phalanx?
Looks like a good question to me. It would be nice to have more info on these "respectable history shows", if possible.
Dec
22
comment Are there any scientific estimates for Mycenaean Greece population?
@SamuelRussell - This question does not appear to be asking for references, but rather for what they say if they exist (which is pretty much what every on-topic question is asking).
Dec
21
comment Are there any scientific estimates for Mycenaean Greece population?
Good question. I went to my typical source thinking I had that for sure, only to find out that it indeed had no estimate prior to roughly 415BC (between Xerxes and Alexander)
Dec
20
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
It isn't that I can't imagine a source saying that. The problem is that I can't imagine any such source that could possibly be both knowledgeable enough about a king's private activities to make blanket statements about what he'd never ever done during his own private time, and independent enough to be trustworthy.
Dec
20
comment Were there any Frankish/French kings who probably had no extramarital sexual relations?
I'm not sure how we could possibly know this.
Dec
17
comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
fred2 - Do you have better backup than that one link? Frankly, I don't buy it. Pictish is very closely related to Old Irish, and Roman is not. A word that clearly was in Old Celtic could easily have been in Pictish as well, and it would be really tough to tell which it came from first (or even if if came from a common ancestor) at this remove.
Dec
17
comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
I've got issues with the etymology presented in that link. For one thing, it seems to be implying that the Celtic languages are derived from Latin, which is just way wrong (people used to think they were closely related within Western Indo-European, but that theory is out of favor now). Secondly, I can't find anyone else saying that. I'd really like to see their work on that one.
Dec
16
comment Did Goebbels really say “Truth is the enemy of the state”? If so, when?
The title and the body appear to be asking completely different questions. Please fix this.
Dec
15
comment In the USSR, what if any was the formal, ideological response to the Cultural Revolution in China?
1+ for an interesting answer. IMHO this may be a case where it would be OK to link a Russian-language source if you can't find an English-language one.
Dec
14
comment Why is literacy difficult?
@MarchHo - Hangul has a very interesting history (It was created around 1440 to be a system the common folk would be capable of using, and was so effective that it ended up getting banned fifty years later for being subversive). However, you have to admit that Korea's literacy numbers in the 20th century were probably heavily affected by the various imperialist wars and occupations being carried out in their territory. Being in a war zone isn't very inductive to a good education.
Dec
13
comment How historically accurate was the movie “Charlie Wilson's War”?
We generally prefer our answers to have more than two words. Even if they are big ones with lots of Zs.
Dec
13
answered Why is literacy difficult?
Dec
13
comment Morse code is a ternary human-optimised code, is there a binary, non-machine optimised code?
There's the smoke signal that the Vatican Council uses to communicate when they are voting. Black smoke means they haven't elected a new Pope yet, and white smoke means they have. I'd imagine a lot of other smoke signal systems can be thought of a binary communications as well, as the medium has many similarities to telegraph.
Dec
11
revised Is it true that Proto-Ukrainians conquered Europe and India?
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Dec
10
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