Notaras
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Has anyone ever named a war after their own country or faction?
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I can think of an example of this from the ancient period: The Lamian War(323–322 BC): was known to the ancient Greeks as the "Hellenic War". Obviously there were many wars in ancient Greece that ...

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Did anything come from Sparta, besides fitness and war?
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The Spartans are known for different things to different peoples in time. Some of these things are good, and others bad. Today, if you ask a typical 20-something man who has a keen interest in ...

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Why did the term "Byzantine Empire" enter common usage instead of "Eastern Roman Empire" or "Roman Empire"
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Warren Treadgold, one of the most eminent scholars on the Byzantine Empire puts it simply as follows: Modern historians have called this empire "Byzantine" because it was ruled not from Rome but ...

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Are there registers of the scores and participation in ancient Olympic games?
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To add to the first answer, there is no single registry of athletes who performed in the Olympic or various other pan-Hellenic games. I am sure though that there have been attempts by modern ...

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Roman Taxes: how did taxes collected in the provinces get to Rome?
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Gaius Gracchus's reforms in 123BC saw the introduction of the practice of Tax Farming were the burden of tax collection was reassigned by the Roman State to private individuals or groups known as ...

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How was the Spartan "300" battle recorded?
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The Greek historian Herodotus is the main primary source of information about the battle of Thermopylae. Most other records of the battle come from historians who lived centuries after the battle. ...

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Why and how did Macedon support Carthage in the Punic wars?
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During the Punic Wars, the Macedonians allied themselves with the Carthaginians with the expectation they would be the victors of the war and therefore be on good terms with them in the future. In ...

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Written sources that mention Macedonia, prior to the 19th century?
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Any medieval sources that mention "Macedonians" or a "Macedonian people" are doing so in a geographic context. You could have people who spoke Slavic, Vlach, Albanian or Greek in ...

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Alexander the Great and Religion
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It was a combination of both. Alexander the Great encouraged the spread of Greek culture as noted by Plutarch in his work On the Fortunes of Alexander: But if you examine the results of Alexander'...

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Why didn't the Greek language survive in Egypt?
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The most notable continual use of the Greek language in Egypt was by the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the Orthodox communities that surrounded it. Estimating how large this community was throughout ...

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What happened to Muslim spouses who converted to Christianity during the 1923 Graeco-Turkish population exchange?
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Officially, If you were a Muslim in Greece, you could be exempt from compulsory deportation if you were: part of the ethnic Albanian community a resident of Thrace The Greek government had placed no ...

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Do any Byzantine maps survive?
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A map manuscript of the world by the monk Cosmas Indicopleustes (Cosmas "the one who sailed to India") survives today: Wikipedia describes the map as follows: The map is oriented with north to ...

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Why do people in Melbourne Victoria Australia get a public holiday for a horse race
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According to the Public Record Office of Victoria website, the secretary of the Victorian Racing Club, R.C. Bagot asked for it from the Chief Secretary’s Department: At that time provisions existed ...

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Did the Persian Empire really finance both sides of the Peloponnesian war?
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I'll add a few extra details which may be of use to you since the scope of the question now seems to include events outside the Peloponnesian war of 431–404 BC Persian gold was said to have made its ...

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