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Was the Pantheon completely underwater when Rome flooded?

When in Rome, I encountered the flood markers on the side of Santa Maria sopra Minerva church. Here is one I found online. The walk of a few blocks from Santa Maria sopra Minerva to ...
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Why was the Gilgamesh flood tablet such a sensation?

In 1872 George Smith translated the famous Flood Tablet (tablet XI of the Standard Babylonian version of the Epic of Gilgamesh), causing a sensation due to its striking similarity to the story of Noah'...
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Why hasn't this revised translation of Atra-Hasis gained traction?

I am an enthusiast with no background in Assyriology. I hope you would be willing to answer a small question for me. A few years ago, I had the joy of stumbling onto Irving Finkel's book about the ...
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Was breaching the Yellow River dykes Chiang Kai-Shek's Mers-el-Kebir?

In 1938 Chiang Kai-Shek's nationalist opted to breach the dykes of the Yellow River to flood the area in front of the Japanese advance and thereby slow down their enemy and protect the the key city of ...
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How often did city-destroying floods happen in Mesopotamia?

I keep seeing Mesopotamia described as a floodplain, and I'm finding inklings of evidence that some cities in ancient Mesopotamia were actually destroyed by floods. But how common of an occurrence ...
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Was early Sumerian civilization wiped out by a flood?

Sumerian texts speak of a worldwide flood that wiped out most of mankind's achievements on earth. I had always suspected such a flood -- even if only covering all of Sumer -- was mythical, but then I ...
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