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    Digitalis Purperea (2).

    Awesome plant. I saw the plant which looks like this (I'm not sure that it was the same, I'll try to find my picture). Maybe Pertinax could say what it was.
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    Samnites had migrated in the land once occupied by the Opici or Osci and from them, they assimilated the customs and the oscan language. It is believed that they came to the Samnium from the nearby land of the Sabinis from whom they descented. With this suggestion one may conclude that the Samnites got their greek origin from the Spartans as asserted by the historians Strabone, Plutarc and Dionysious of Alicarnassus. Samnites wars Were Saminites and others in Campania the best gladiators? If so,why is that? Who would be the present day descendents of the Samnites?
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    Most Spectacular Ski Crash Ever

    It looks terrible! but I like alpine skiing in any case. Do you skiing too, Viggen? the Alps... so close
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    Maurice: The Man With The Plan?

    I'm not sure that Gregorius Turonensis could write about this events. He wrote about first invasion of Franks to Italy, yes, but not about Maurice's plans. He died erlier (591AD) then all Maurice events finished (602AD) As the Empire could do nothing to protect the Italians, they invited the Franks to their help (584AD). This first invasion of Italy by the Franks began the process that was to end in the separation of all the West from the old Empire and the establishment of the rival line of Emperors with Charles the Great (800). I can read it though but I have only Latin text and don't know about any translations. I can read on Latin but it's not so pleasure for me though and I don't know about any translations (Maybe they're exist, but I didn't see them) This is one of the popular theme now to try to "change" the historical view on different events. Maybe, Maurice had such plans but he haven't even any possibility to think about it seriously because he was busy with Avars and Constantinople economy which became more and more intricate and Maurice became more and more unpopular. Sure, he tried to do anything but he hadn't time (and maybe brains...?) to figure out what he must to do. I read History of Byzantium by Timothy E. Gregory, he used many documents and guided by historical source. Good one!
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    It's a view on Kerch bey. There was the old (ancient) port in this place. I found some greece coins here during diving.
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    The old city's wall. It saw Romans, they were in Panticapey.
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    The stairs to Mithridates hill (it looks very modern, lol)
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    A view from "Mithridates hill". There are ruins of Greece temple and the centre of old city. Now it's the hill aside of Kerch and the place for picnics. (It's a pity)
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    Most likely, yes, Crimea was one of the Roman's source of wheat. They bought wheat (and wine too). Officially Crimea (and Feodosia) never formed a part of Roman Empire but there was an agreement between some Crimea city states and Rome to defend Roman borders against numerous nomads. Nevertheless, these states were under the Roman power and couldn't be independance in spite of the fact that this region never had the status of Roman province. I added some pictures in my gallery, not Feodosia but Panticapey, it's other city state in Crimea.
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    Today's name of the city returned us to beginning of Common Era. Feodosia is one of the Northern Black Sea costal region cities that kept its antique name. This antique town was founded on a deserted coast by Greeks from Asia Minor Milet in 6-th BC. Its history began from the moment when Greek vessels had moored to sandy coast of a cosy bay. Seafarers solved probably also that such fine place could be only the gift of Gods. The bay was occupied by nomadic population (probably they were Sarmatians). They couldn
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    Moscow, Zamoscvorechje

    It's my brother's work. This is a region in the centre part of Moscow, near the Moscow-river. Evening, sunset
  12. Oh, yeah, it's a good theme for discussion. Heinrich Schliemann was not the most famous archaeologist of his day, though he was famous. Neither was he the most skilled. He rarely followed good archaeological procedures at his excavations and was roundly criticized by later archaeologists. He wasn't even the most scrupulous of those in his profession, something confirmed by his illegal smuggling of a priceless historic treasure out of the country of Turkey. He was, however, perhaps the luckiest archaeologist of all time. I saw the "Priam's treasure" because it's kept in Moscow in The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (the collection was took out from Berlin in 1945 and was showed only in 1996 first time!). There is a opinion that Schlimann's digs were poor vandalism, he destroyed the culture lays of many civilizations which were on this place including Homer's Troy. What were the lays of ancient Troy? 1. Maritime culture, Aegaean, Cycladic: Troy I, 2920-2480/20 BC 2. Troy II, 2600-2480/20 BC, most wealthy, treasure from this period found by Heinrich Schliemann 3. Troy III 2480/20-2300 BC 4. Anatolian culture: Troy IV, 2200-1900 BC 5. Troy V, 1900-1750 BC Highest culture of Troy / Wilusa / (W)ilios / Ilios / Ilion / Ilium, vassal of Hattusas 6. Troy VI, 1700-1250/30 BC, destroyd by an earthquake between 1250 and 1230 BC 7. Troy VIIa, 1250/30-1180 BC, Hattusas fell around 1200 BC, stormed by Thracians, Troy VIIa burnt in 1183 BC 8. Balcanian culture: Troy VIIb1-b3, 1180-1000 BC or later; then partly or completely left until around 750 BC I'm sure Schliemann was discourteous with history and archaeology. He found a treasure but it was not Priam's treasure (it's not so mean, his finds were great) He falsified his finds and destroyed many lays of ancient cultures in a rush for wealth and glory. He has a flair to finds but he was the greatest adventurer...
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    Hong Kong

    By contrast with modern buildings.
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    Hong Kong

    Yes, if you mean Tin Hau Temple, there are two large statues of Goddesses Kwun Yum and Tin Hau (I hope I didn't forget their names) not far from Temple.
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    Hong Kong

    Yes, I bought some souvenirs there, and I was impressed by Stanley Market!
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    Hong Kong

    The weather was really bad (very big humidity)
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    Hong Kong

    I didn't know it but I noted, it's really hard to breath. It's not possible to have a breath of fresh air there. Air is very solid.
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    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong looks like any modern city but it has its own "Modern East style"
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    Hong Kong

    My recent trip
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    bird of prey

    I'm not sure what is the bird, but he looks very sternly.
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    bird of prey

    I'm not doubt!
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    Happy St. Paddy's Day

    Well, I'm not Irish, but I'm Catholic. There was a big celebration St. Patrick Day in Moscow. St Patrick was born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387 CE
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    Celtic Language Spread & Evolution

    I hope I'm not very late. I would like to clarify a matter (something ) There is an opinion that the Celts spoke a common Celtic language. Celtic scholars have supposed this common Celtic may have been spoken just before the start of the first millennium BC. during the Urnfield/Hallstatt eras. Soon after, five(?) distinct dialects emerged which may be subdivided as follows: Hispano-Celtic (now obsolete) Gallic (now obsolete) Lepontic (now obsolete). Lepontic was a speech-form spoken in Northern Italy around the time of Christ, attested by a handful of short inscriptions in a form of the Etruscan alphabet. Goidelic or