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Pre-Historically (IOW, evolutionally), warfare was about men kidnapping women from neighbors. This is the modus operandi of the currently observable groups like the Yanomami. This reflects/causes/is caused by both men are stronger, more aggressive (higher testosterone) -- more suitable for war mammal male reproductive strategy benefits from multiple mates, ...


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This statement is usually true, and has been throughout the millenia. The point is that once an army routs, they are suddenly a lot less dangerous - they are no longer firing back to kill, for example, and they cannot undertake any offensive action. Although it should be clear that routs are bad, the question asks if routs also makes it less likely for a ...


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As Mark C. Wallace noted in his comment, this is from the Spartan poet Tyrtaeus whose verse became an integral part of the Spartan military ethos and propaganda. His exhortations to fight bravely were seen by classical authors as one of the keys to maintaining the morale of Spartan soldiers. To answer your question, "To what extent was this observation ...


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