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  1. dnewhous

    Hadrian and his travels

    How many companions, thereabouts, did Hadrian have on his travels around the empire?
  2. What was the name of the gold reserves?
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    Greek vs Etruscan

    Are Greek and Etruscan languages similar or have any common antecedents?
  4. Wasn't there a book about how a Roman legionnaire, required to march 20 miles in a day with his weight on his back, was stronger than a modern marathon runner?
  5. Vietnam war started with Versailles peace conference in 1919 where Ho Chi Minh showed up As a member of the 1991–1993 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, chaired by fellow Vietnam War veteran and Democrat, John Kerry, McCain investigated the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, to determine the fate of U.S. service personnel listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War. The committee's unanimous report stated there was "no compelling evidence that proves that any American remains alive in captivity in Southeast Asia."[106] Helped by McCain's efforts, in 1995 the U.S. normalized diplomatic relations with Vietnam. In January 2007, Congress approved Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for Vietnam. Books: Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist UnitJan 23, 2007 by Eric Haney; Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (American Empire Project)Dec 31, 2013 by Nick Turse American Conservative articles: McCain and the POW Cover-Up The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam. By Sydney Schanberg • July 1, 2010 Vietnam: A War on Civilians By Chase Madar • July 30, 2013 The GOP’s Vietnam How Republican foreign policy lost the culture war—and a generation By Daniel McCarthy • March 17, 2013 Vietnam And The Father Of Lies By Rod Dreher • July 23, 2014,
  6. I read somewhere online recently, that the problem that Christians had with gladiatorial combat was that the emperors have the power to redeem the gladiators, which goes against the central tenet of Christian faith that there is salvation only through Christ. I am wondering, is it only the emperor's power to declare a gladiator a free Roman citizen that bothered early Christians or was it simply the authority to decide life or death for a defeated gladiator? I also kind of wonder what theologians make of the presidential pardon power. Here in the U.S., felons are denied the right to vote and the president has the power to restore it.
  7. I get too much of my history from Wikipedia and the Hitler Channel. From those sources I would deduce that more death and destruction happened during Justinian's reconquest of Italy but I have been challenged on this. I wanted to know what the experts here have to say. Is there a better reference for the history that is readily available?
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    The Evil Eye

    I was watching the end of the 100 most metal moments on VH-1. It's a 10 hour long countdown that is played for laughts. Things like Jimmy Page purchasing Alister Crowley's castle, a band of midgets forming mini-KISS, and a volcano erupting 20 minutes after shooting part of a music video at the peak for Dokken are on the list. Anyway, #3 in the countdown is the "devil horns salute" which looks identical to the "hook-em horns" sign for the Texas Longhorns. For an example of the confusion this can cause, look here http://www.roadrun.com/blabbermouth.net/ne...ewsitemID=31833 Anyway, the man credited for inventing the devil horns salute by VH-1 is Ronnie James Dio, who was the singer for Black Sabbath at the time he started it. (It is mentioned that Gene Simmons claims that he did it first on the cover of "Love Gun.") Ronnie James Dio explains that he learned it from his grandmother who called it the (sounds like) mo-loik or muh-loik with the accent on the second syllable. Ronnie said that doing it in the hook-em horns style (he didn't say anything about Texas, but there's no other way to explain the image) is done to protect yourself from the evil eye and that if you point your index and pinky finger outwards you are giving the evil eye to someone (cut to Dio giving the evil eye to his audience at the end of a show). Ronnie says that he won't take credit for inventing it, but he will take credit for making it popular. I am posting here because this sounds like some sort of pagan thing, and this is one of the few places in the world that has pagan readers. Is there any more that can be learned here about the moloik?
  9. Yes, basically, it was the ass end of the earth. And I don't know that Rome ever generated surplus tax revenue from England and Wales. When you move to a standing army permanently garrisoned on the frontier there is no way around the fact that you are no longer going to be able to rely on middle class people taking a break from their day job to form the rank and file of your army.
  10. Are you suggesting the empire could have been maintained without a standing professional army? It wasn't until the 2nd Punic War that the Roman army became standing. That war brought the heyday of the Republic to an end. I simply don't believe that Rome could have continued to be successful with the continued policy of assigning specialization (like cavalry) based on socioeconomic status. That's a very medieval way of doing things, and notice that modern armies aren't organized that way. The Roman empire was amazingly risk averse when it came to conquests. Trajan is the only emperor post Julius Caesar to make any significant gains, and he gave them all up before he died because he was concerned with putting too much pressure on his successors to maintain the conquests. My own favorite causation is that skilled Greek slaves ruined the Roman middle class. But it isn't the only one. In fact, the more I think about this it is my intuition that the Marius "reforms" were recognition of changes that had already taken place. Just as the US army cheats on eligibility requirements when it becomes hard to recruit, I expect that recruiting the landless urban poor is something that was already practiced. With the twin pressures of a devastated middle class and maintaining a standing professional army on the frontier, I don't see how the reforms could have waited until the first century BC.
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    Ronnie James Dio Dead at 67

    His 3 best albums IMO were Rainbow Rising, Heaven and Hell, and Magica. With the exception of the song "Rainbow in the Dark," which still wasn't the equal of his best material with the previous two bands, I am not the biggest fan of his early "solo" material. I like Rainbow better than Deep Purple, but I think Ian Gillan was a better singer for Ritchie than Dio, but not for Tony. I think Magica is the true standout of the "Dio" labeled material. It's nice that he got to end his career with his version of Black Sabbath, which is where I always thought he belonged.
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    Rome 2. When in Britain?

    I found this old thread by searching for "baboon." Is there any truth to the tale? Who was that king supposed to be? Cassius raised funds for an army by training a baboon to f*** a Roman woman?
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    The Evil Eye

    It was really cool when they showed this being used in the Rome television series. I watched it on DVD and activated the commentary boxes - which emphasized that it has more power when done with the left hand. And the proper spelling is malocchio. Incidentally, Black Sabbath and Ronnie James Dio have gotten back together and are going to do a new full-length studio album. I never thought that I would see the day, truly sevil natas. This was probably prompted when Iron Maiden was on the Ozzfest bill and singer Bruce Dickinson repeatedly bashed Black Sabbath for being an embarassing nostalgia band that only plays songs from the 70's.
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    Latin or Greek in Judea ca. 30 AD?

    I feel like I am beating a dead horse, but is it possible they would have needed a translator? (Did I ask that question years ago?)
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    The Taboo Roots Of Imperial Collapse

    The notion that Roman "decadence" caused its fall is a myth concocted by Christians in the middle ages as an explanation to the peasants for why God would allow something as horrendously bad as the fall of the Roman Empire. The notion that ethnic impurity would cause decadence is complete nonsense, the decadence was caused because they were wealthy, and they weren't wealthy because of constant warfare, they were wealthy because they had a vibrant economy. Whether constant CIVIL war had negative cultural impact is an interesting question.
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    King Arthur?

    Rather than try to debate whether there really was a king Arthur and who he was I though we might discuss what facts are known about the disolution of the Empire in England. I remember something about the Roman citizens moving to Wales as a refuge and building a wall between Wales and England. Technologically speaking, I have read enough to see there really were castles in England as early as the 5th century. When did castle making start? Were they just using old Roman fortifications? Also, when the legions were withdrawn at the end of the 4th century the auxillaries would have been left behind, correct?
  17. What are the monks who smack themselves in the head with boards saying? In Latin and translated into English.
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    The Worst Betrayal In Roman History

    I am not expert enough to help you, but I remember something about the end of Rome, where some people on the inside opened the gates for the Visigoths. If an expert here could flesh out that story, it might give you some good material.
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    Justified Admiration

    I am not talking about people who I normally correspond with. I am talking about someone I started arguing with on a message board of less intellectual inclination (in college) and some girl who I once talked to in highschool (who was actually a right winger). They were both ignorant people and between the two of them I generalized to an explanation of much idiocy.
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    The Fairy Emperor

    If I recall correctly, there was once an emperor who dressed in women's clothing and commanded everyone to refer to him as the "Empress...." I am wondering, what was the actual Latin word used for "Empress?"
  21. I have a theory that he was from another planet.
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    The Fairy Emperor

    It's good to be Augustus.
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    The Fairy Emperor

    What took the Pretorian Guard so long? Did they have qualms about killing a minor?
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    The Fairy Emperor

    Caligula was the orgy emperor. The emperors took the title "Augustus" so I suppose "Augusta" is the word I was looking for.
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    Gaius Julius Caesar

    I want to be able to answer "both" to this question. I am in complete agreement with Ursus on this one, and I don't think I usually agree with him. There were two choices 1) advance to empire 2) decline into a banana republic that would eventually be conquered by some marauding horde of barbarians that would totally destroy it. You can argue that that eventually happened anyway, but the deadline was at least postponed. Call me a fool, but I think this choice may come before the United States within my lifetime. I bet a lot of OCONUS people here are unfamiliar with the term "banana republic." I can explain a little, if someone asks. It was Julius who killed the republic, which had to be done, but it was Octavian who made the empire work. Oh, and Julius gave himself the title "Dictator for Life." So the notion that he would give up power is false.