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When and why did garum disappear?

Short Answer Garum production and consumption declined because increasing instability in the late Western Empire disrupted production and trade (and not just of garum). Further, a key ingredient - ...
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Did galley captains put corks in the mouths of slave rowers to keep them quiet?

Yes, this does seem to have happened on some galleys but evidence for the widespread use of this practice is lacking. Concerning conditions in general on galleys (rations, clothing, treatment etc.), ...
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Is there a relationship between the Pelasgians and Sea Peoples?

The Peleset was one of the Sea Peoples to invade Egypt during the reign of Ramesse III in the fifth and eighth years. They have been identified with the Biblical Philistines ever since the works of ...
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Is there a link between the Sea people and the Trojan War?

The question is addressed in the book: Eric H. Cline, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed ISBN: 9780691140896 (can be found free on the internet). I read the book, it indeed discusses this ...
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When and why did garum disappear?

Alas, this dish is extinct now. I don't know when & why garum disappeared. But I do know it is widely used, be it in a different part of the world. Garum is highly popular in Asia. It's widely ...
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Is there a relationship between the Pelasgians and Sea Peoples?

There are also some hints based on the representation of the Peleset in Egyptian art, with a rather distinctive helmet : which seems to be similar to some helmets found in Crete during the same era :...
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Is there a link between the Sea people and the Trojan War?

The existence of the "sea peoples" is known only from the inscriptions at Medinet Habu, not directly from archaeological remains. As you say certain aspects of artwork of Medinet Habu show, for ...
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Is there a link between the Sea people and the Trojan War?

Apparently there is (or at least used to be) a theory floating around that the story of the Argo represented organized Greek attempts to expand their maritime influence in that direction (eastward), ...
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What was the name of the Ottoman-Spanish truce in 1580?

As noted in Alan G. Jamieson's Lords of the Sea: A History of the Barbary Corsairs and confirmed here the truce of 1580 simply called an end to the fighting between the Spanish and Ottoman ...
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Why did a Venetian colonel defect to the Ottomans during the siege of Candia?

The question is quite complex to google. Per the comment I dropped, the edit that added the detail seemed somewhat suspicious at first glance due to the lack of citations. After digging a bit deeper ...
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What do the four castles on the flag of Ibiza represent?

According to the website ibizaisla.es, The flag of Ibiza features the flag of the Crown of Aragon with four castles over the sea, in allusion to the four quartons the island was divided into ...
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What is the likely ethnic origin of the Minoans?

An analysis of DNA evidence, published in Nature back in 2013, suggested that the Minoans were a local European civilisation. A few reports since have refined the details, but the main conclusion ...
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Is there a link between the Sea people and the Trojan War?

We don't know much about the period. People have a lot of interesting ideas.The legend does fall into the period of the Bronze Age Collapse with the Sea Peoples, and is represented in Hittite texts as ...
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How much is known about the Punic language (of classical Carthage)?

Actually, from the little I've seen, Punic (the Canaanite-Phoenician language of ancient Carthage and other phoenician settlements around the Mediterranean) is a lot like Hebrew, and many of its ...
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