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When did the Babylonian king Amel-Marduk reign?

According to Wikipedia, the reign of the Babylonian king Amel-Marduk (also known as Awil-Marduk and Evil-Merodach) was started in October 562 B.C.E. and was ended in August 560 B.C.E. So, it lasted ...

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user avatar asked by stkuser Score of 4
user avatar answered by Lars Bosteen Score of 4

Who is represented by the small pharaonic bust in the corner of Room 1 of the British Museum- the Enlightenment Gallery?

I've magnified the information plaque in the virtual tour, but can only make out a name that appears to begin with a "P" and end in a numeral "I". Scrolling through the Wikipedia ...

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user avatar asked by user217348 Score of 3
user avatar answered by justCal Score of 4

How accurate is Belloc's version of European economic history in The Servile State, with regards to the seizing of the monastic lands?

This is my own short summary of Belloc's version of European economic history, which he lays out in The Servile State (1912): In 1541, the lands of the monasteries were expropriated by Henry VIII. ...

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In allegorical depictions of geometry, why show the earth as encircled by a snake?

Various early modern allegorical paintings or engravings show a personification of geometry with a globe of the earth with a snake, and sometimes with a frog. Here are some examples: (Only a detail of ...

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user avatar asked by Senex Score of 3

Is this a US Army military uniform cape?

I have this heavy wool cape – it looks kinda grey in a few pics,but is black. It is wool with a red wool lining (the lining is a bit lighter in weight) – there are no arm holes, but two pockets inset ...

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user avatar asked by Molly Shannon Score of 2

What was Syrian side of the story for the 1989 shooting of a Turkish aircraft?

Wikipedia briefly notes: In October 1989, 2 Syrian Mig-21's flew 12 miles (19 km) into Turkish airspace where they shot down a Turkish aircraft. Most of the articles linked there are dead links by ...

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user avatar asked by Fizz Score of 2

Are there any old paintings (medieval period onwards) that actually depict the female genitalia rather than just leaving the pubic region empty?

Of course, a lot has been said about the lack of female genitalia in e.g. Bouguereau's The Birth of Venus and so many other examples, but are there any examples from art between the end of the Middle ...

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Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?

Why did Native Americans die of European diseases while Europeans didn't have serious diseases from the New World? I read that most Native American victims of colonization in the new world died of ...

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user avatar asked by CsBalazsHungary Score of 116
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Pedophilia in ancient Greek and Roman culture

This question is inspired by an answer to: When did homosexuality become unacceptable in Europe? I have heard from many people that pedophilia was widely practiced in ancient Greek or Roman cultures. ...

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user avatar asked by Napoleonothecake Score of 17
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Why didn't Germany attack Turkey during WW2?

Most of us might have heard something about the Geo-strategic position of Turkey. She connects two continents to each other and provides a bridge between the relatively advanced Europe and the ...

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Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?

America declared independence from Britain and fought a war of independence. Several states joined the fight, however, Canada remained British. Why did the American rebellion and war of independence ...

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user avatar asked by Rincewind42 Score of 73
user avatar answered by Dale Score of 93

What was Muhammad's religion before becoming a Muslim prophet?

According to this question, the predominant religion in Arabia before Islam was some kind of polytheism. While according to Muhammad's Wikipedia page, According to Muslim tradition, Muhammad himself ...

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user avatar asked by Louis Rhys Score of 27
user avatar answered by NL7 Score of 19

Why have officers in the U.S. army tended to "top out" at the level of Major?

In the U.S. army, something like 75%-80% of newly-commissioned Second Lieutenants are promoted to First Lieutenant (around age 25), perhaps 75%-80% of First Lieutenants are promoted to Captain (ages ...

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user avatar asked by Tom Au Score of 15
user avatar answered by choster Score of 17

Why didn't the US choose to demolish Tokyo with an atom bomb?

Tokyo was Japan's capital. Why didn't the US choose Tokyo to demolish with Atom Bomb? Bonus Question: What factors decided to bring Hiroshima and Nagasaki on table?

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user avatar asked by Time Portal Score of 44
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