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Was the Persian conquest of Tyre particularly easy, uneventful, or do we lack sources?
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According to Herodotus, there was no conquest in the sense. The Phoenician cities including Tyre had belonged to the Neo-Babylonian empire and recognized the suzerainty of the Persians willingly when ...

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What did parchment and papyrus cost in the Roman Empire?
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TL;DR: There is no good answer to this question, because (1) we are missing reliable sources, (2) because there was no market price for any certain commodity, not for one and the same time and ...

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Is there a relationship between Gobekli Tepe and Stonehenge?
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As others have pointed out in various comments, a connection between the two sites is extremely unlikely. In particular, Stonehenge became a cultural center only around 3100 BCE, 5000 years after ...

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Has there been evidence of ancient Chinese exploration of Australia?
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Is there evidence of Chinese exploration of Australia (before European contact)? There is no tangible evidence that Chinese explorers (or traders or any other Chinese for that matter) did land in ...

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Is Caesar's birth year more certain now than it was when disputed by Mommsen?
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No new evidence on Caesar himself has emerged and it is unlikely that any direct evidence will emerge. However, historians have been writing a lot since Mommsen's time, with contributions about this ...

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What did the ancient Egyptians think of Khufu?
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Why the idea of Khufu being a tyrant is common Herodotus said so, in his "Histories", Book II. The fulltext is here. The section concerning Khufu is the last quarter of the book or so, starting with ...

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Did Sturmabteilung (SA) commit serious crimes before 1933?
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Yes, of course. The SA was used to terrorize political opponents; they originated from right-wing paramilitary groups that were abundant in Germany after the first world war. (The peace treaty ...

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Why were Upper and Lower Egypt consolidated into a single kingdom?
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Why? Because successful ruling elites try to increase their wealth and power. Ancient Egypt was mainly arranged along the Nile with inhospitable desert to both East and West. This leaves only two ...

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What type of name did the common Mayans use?
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Maya society was organized in city states and clans and possibly other entities. Each of these naturally provides its own narratives and mythology from which names would often be chosen. It is ...

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If salt was scarce and expensive, how did people "salt the earth" to ensure their enemies would stay defeated?
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According to the very wikipedia article cited in the original question: The story of the salting of Carthage was probably invented in the 19th century. (In the section quoted in the question:) The ...

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Have there been ruthless rulers who held on to power despite being blinded?
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tl;dr It would be good to distinguish between blind rulers in the cultural domain of European (post-Roman) Christianity and blind rulers elsewhere. There were an awful lot of blind European monarchs. ...

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Did Nazi Germany suffer hyperinflation during the war? Why or why not?
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tl;dr There was no hyperinflation in Germany during or after World War 2. There was a degree of inflation which was dealt with by rationing basic consumer goods (starting even before the war), but no ...

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Could freedmen join the army in ancient Rome?
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This would probably have varied over time. Further, it depends largely on what you mean by army (just the legionaries? all combatants? everyone accompanying the legions?). In the late Republic and ...

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To what extent was Christianity responsible for the dark ages of Western Europe?
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You are right. This can be a heated question, as is evident from comments, upvotes, downvotes, and votes to close. TL;DR There is no consensus among historians, so much is sure. There was a crisis in ...

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Why didn’t the U.S. annex the entire Spanish East Indies at the end of the Spanish-American War?
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Spain basically gave up exactly the territories they had lost direct control of in the war: Cuba (situation was hopeless after the battle of Santiago) Puerto Rico (Spanish sovereignity relinquished ...

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Who first outlawed homosexuality in the Indian sub-continent?
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tl;dr No, it would have been the Portugese, see here and here. Questions Was this the first time homosexuality was outlawed in India? If not, who was the very first to do so in the Indo-Pak ...

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Are there any Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian, or any foreign account of the demise of the Hittites?
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Adding to @Timothy's answer: I concur that there are no detailed accounts of the destruction of the Hittites. However, there appear to be at least two very, very short and incomplete accounts: Ugarit ...

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Where did the names of these Tyrian kings come from?
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As @Henry pointed out, the Wikipedia list seems to be copied from other lists that have been around on the internet for some time now. A similar one with more instructive explanations (of where the ...

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Why did the Kingdom of Hawaii remain stagnant during an invasion?
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Context Hawaii at the time was little more than a puppet state of the US. The US had forced the monarchy in 1887 to hand over Pearl Harbor as a lease. Consequently, it had then a strong military ...

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Historical tax revenue as a proportion of GDP
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GDP GDP is a purely modern concept; it was proposed by Simon Kuznets in the early 1930s. All GDP statistics for earlier times are retrospective estimates, growing more uncertain the further back into ...

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