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Jan
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comment Why is the Commonwealth of England considered a Republic?
Yeah. My basic problem with this answer is that you could intensifiy those smileys a bit, and use it to justify the name of "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea".
Jan
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comment What role did Jews play in the Punic Wars?
@NathanCooper - Not only were they both semetic, they were both Central Semetic. Not only were they both Central Semetic, but within that group they were both Northwest Semetic (as was Aramaic, which much of the Torah was written in). Not only were they both Northwest Semetic, but within that grouping they were both Cananite ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaanite_languages ). There's a nice tree here: mathildasanthropologyblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/… . It would not be unreasonable to look upon the ancient Jews as the Phonecians' "country cousins".
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Jan
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comment What was the reason for the Ottoman invasion of Otranto?
(while noting that you may still be editing this) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmed_II claims the Sultan's intention was to use it as a bridgehead in Italy with the eventual goal of conquering Rome and "reunite the Roman Empire", but doesn't source it.
Jan
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Jan
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comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
I agree that it might. However, it also might not. While you could be dead-on, its fairly easy to make reasonable-sounding general speculations of these kinds. Newspaper astrologers make their livings that way. So I'd like to see some kind of backup for such things before upvoting.
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Jan
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comment How many hours per day did a Sumerian farmer sleep?
@FelixGoldberg - A very good question. Given how surprising this was to me, I figured I'd find some criticisim of it. However all I could find a mention on the linked wikipedia page that some other historians support this, including Craig Koslofsky, who has his own book on the subject. The only criticisims I could find of his book were stylistic. In fact, one criticsim I found from a self-proclaimed Historian was that there wasn't really anything in there he didn't already know.
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answered How many hours per day did a Sumerian farmer sleep?
Jan
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comment What are the reasons of the ethnical fragmentation of the Caucasus?
Was thinking of crafting an answer, but it would have basically have been soliloquyy's and DVK's comments.
Jan
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comment Did loot from the 4th Crusade turn up in interesting places?
Note that St. Mark was/is the patron saint of Venice (some say he took over that position from an old pagan winged lion god), so items having to do with St. Mark have particular relevence there.
Jan
3
comment What happened to the French gold at Martinique during WW2
If the Free French controlled it, then it would be reasonable to assume (in the absence of any information to the contrary) that it went back into French Government control when that government was re-established shortly after the Normandy invasion (August 1944)
Jan
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comment Where can I find the text of “Ecerinis”?
Yeah, you may be forced to physically go to Penn State's library (or call the head librarian there and try to make some kind of arrangement). I'm just assuming their library carries all the books their press has published. Perhaps I'm wrong, but dang it they ought to.
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answered Where can I find the text of “Ecerinis”?