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Apr
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reviewed Excellent What was the mortality rate of Gladiators?
Apr
16
reviewed Excellent The monumental/architectural sculptures of Petra - has there been any research on the likely craftsmen who executed them?
Apr
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reviewed Satisfactory How big a factor was the failing economy to the downfall of the Roman Empire?
Apr
15
comment What happened to sacrificed animals in ancient Greece?
Interesting. I'd heard that the good edible parts were typically kept to feed temple staff, and the rest burnt. I guess that's a myth then?
Apr
15
comment Why hire Hessian troops?
Note that at least some of this trouble in recruiting may have had to do with it not being viewed as a particularly just war amongst the English public. A lot of the middle and working classes had relatives in America, and the political party representing the middle class (the Whigs) was against the war.
Apr
13
comment When was the concept of “art criticism” first seen?
Socrates was supported by patrons, particularly among his students and their families. I believe that was the typical "monetization" method for philosophy in the ancient era. A less successful philosopher might have to fall back on family or personal resources (eg: inherited wealth) to make ends meet if patronage fell short. The same goes for pretty much any artist. So drawing a fine line for what is and isn't "professional" is going to be exceedingly difficult.
Apr
13
comment When was the concept of “art criticism” first seen?
@MarkC.Wallace - Haven't had a chance to read it myself. But based on all the talk about it I've seen, it looks like he's arguing for art criticism itself as an art, and laying out what that looks like. So an avocation rather than a vocation, if you will.
Apr
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Apr
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comment When and why did single deity religions become more popular than multi deity religions?
@DanNeely - This should not be read as a complete "cut-off" I'll see if I can clarify that somehow. History obviously didn't stop then. An even better critique along these lines would be the spread of Christianity in Eastern Europe and Scandanavia, which happened pretty much entirely after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Apr
10
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Apr
10
comment Is Benedict XVI the first pope emeritus?
I know when last I looked at it, most such situations came about due to political disputes. What's probably new now is that the advent of modern medicine allows for a situation where the Catholic Church is liable to end up with popes who are unable to fully perform their duties for decades at a time if there isn't some provision for them retiring before death.
Apr
10
comment Is Benedict XVI the first pope emeritus?
Hmmm. I thought we'd had this question, but no. It seems like it ought to have been asked already though, so I'm glad we have it now. :-)
Apr
10
comment Are any civil wars — other than the American Civil War — commonly reenacted?
I suppose you could call that a "reenactment"...just not a very good-natured one.
Apr
10
comment Was there a single ancient religion that all others sprang from?
Some formatting please? My eyes! My eyes!
Apr
10
comment When and why did single deity religions become more popular than multi deity religions?
@jamesqf - The USA is probably the one place in the world where the numbers are most likely to be accurate, but that's still a very good point you made. I know a few atheists from Muslim countries who would never self-identify that way if they hadn't emigrated.
Apr
10
comment When and why did single deity religions become more popular than multi deity religions?
@NewWorld - In fairness, there are still some Gnostics around too. Most of the polytheistic religions a person could name off the top of their heads as "dead" also still have adherents. For example, my brother-in-law is a (neo)Wiccan. I've bumped into a Wodenist or two.
Apr
10
comment When and why did single deity religions become more popular than multi deity religions?
@DrRDizzle - Just because you haven't heard of something doesn't mean it never existed. Check out Zooastrianisim, and all the Gnostic belief systems. Its quite possible there are many more that came and went with no record. Not that numbers really show a thing here. After all, there are an infinite amount of numbers, but only one 1. So sheer statistics would tell us >1 is far more likely than exactly 1.
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