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    US damaged historic Iraqi site of Babylon

    It's adjacent to the palace, meaning a few hundred feet as the photo shows, so anything buried in that area is now covered up with several tons of new earth.
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    US damaged historic Iraqi site of Babylon

    I'm dubious. I lived right next to the site for several months in 03/04 and it was off limits to U.S. personnel except through the guidance of the local Iraqi archeologists. I'm greatly puzzled as to why the UN didn't talk about Saddam's drastic and dramatic re-digging of the site fifteen years ago in which he ordered--ordered--archeologists and architects to rebuild a facsimile of Babylon using debris from the digs. Here's a pic: The picture above was probably taken from the far left corner of this mansion (arrow no. 1 in the pic) below built by Saddam. I'm very familiar with this place as I lived in that far left corner (arrow no. 2) and shaved on no. 1 overlooking Babylon every morning for months. The massive hill it sits on is an artificial one so his building could oversee Babylon. Talk about the destruction of a site. The pic below is the area looking down. The no. 1 arrow is pointed towards the no. 1 corner above--same location. No. 3 is the excavation site still remaining and off limits to troops. No. 4 is the facsimile of Babylon re-built by Saddam. Again, it's highly doubtful anyone did anything even slightly approaching the damage done during the Saddam years to that site. The artificial hill and the re-building of the palace probably created more upheaval in five years than in the 35 centuries years that passed combined.
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    Gracchi as demogogues or revolutionaries?

    A quick google shows it's available free online at Gutenberg. Cool. The Gracchi, Marius and Sulla
  4. The question of the decade! With Ozzy? With Dio? With Gillan? With Tony Martin? Cat being neutered?
  5. Just a poll taken out of curiousity, what level of education are you at currently? JD UNC-Chapel Hill
  6. This seems to be the current conventional wisdom from the newest crop of writing on the late antiquity. Peter Heather, Stephen Mitchell and a few others would agree with this I think. The new mass migrations coupled with an internal crisis of leadership (Honorius comes to mind) leading to a loss of a major recruiting territory (Dalmatia) and bread-basket (N. Africa to the Vandals).
  7. James Inman Snaps at City Council Meeting - . ..."fan of John Tesh".
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    A growing slice of Rome in the USA

    I think the influence goes both ways. A lot of Mexicans with families that I know in the Pacific NW tend to assimilate "American" values after a generation or two.
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    Happy Birthday Ursus!

    Happy B-Day Ursus!
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    Congrats doc! Something to be very proud of.
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    For purposes of the Germanicus discussion here are the contents of the 'Tabula Siarensis' discovered in 1982 in southern Spain. It contains Senatorial decrees and comments on the death of Germanicus, including the discussion of establishing arches in his honor. I believe one of the arches was discovered only a few years later near the Rhine. Tabula Siarensis
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    Question Of Best/Worst Emperors?

    The worst? Augustus/Octavian by far. He put the final nails in the Republic's coffin, he buried it in addition to murdering/proscribing hundreds if not thousands of Roman elites. How he's gotten away with it over the centuries in terms of historical memory is beyond me. Stability my rear end. The best? Still too early to tell.
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    Carthage: A History by Serge Lancel

    Interesting review on Carthage P; you're right there's not much on their history or culture out there. Looks like Amazon's got some used copies for a decent price.
  14. Very interesting read from the U.S. Army War College: LINK Comparing Strategies of the 2d Punic War: Rome's Strategic Victory Over the Tactical/Operational Genius, Hannibal Barca by LTC James Parker U.S. Army
  15. Another important excerpt: LESSONS FOR TODAY
  16. It's interesting to see the Punic Wars from the modern military profession's perspective vs the historian's. Here is an excerpt for those unwilling to go for 47 pages: FACTORS IN ROMAN VICTORY There were eight major strategic limiting factors that together contributed to Carthage
  17. One of the great American writers has passed on. Sometimes great books, sometimes not so great, with Vonnegut as the NY Times says you love him or you hate him. I've read Slaughterhouse Five a couple of times; reflecting his time as a POW during the fire-bombing of Dresden wrapped in a science fiction story. It's probably his greatest contribution to literature. And so it goes.
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    Well that was something! Planet Terror's a good 'bad' zombie flick with a great cast and a real 70s B-movie feel to it. Death Proof takes a while to get started but ends on quite a romp and big on referencing 'Vanishing Point'. Both movies were given an aging treatment complete with scratchy and melting film, missing reels, etc. The fake movie trailers for non-existent films are hilarious. I'd say you get your money's worth of blood, gore and a decent car chase.
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    Kurt Vonnegut Dead at 84

    At 84 and a chain-smoker, that's not a bad run.
  20. For 'cost effective' see List'o links. All online stuff.
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    April 9th, 1865

    APPOMATTOX C. H., VA., Ap 9th, 1865. GEN. R. E. LEE, Comd'g C. S. A. GEN: In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th inst., (see Surrender Letters) I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate. One copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside. Very respectfully, U. S. GRANT, Lt. Gen. ------ HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, April 9, 1865. GENERAL:
  22. Add your own Sacha Baron Cohen - BA History, Cambridge Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - BA History, UCLA George W. Bush - !?!? - BA History, Yale Robert Gates - MA History, Indiana Franklin D. Roosevelt - BA History, Harvard Kurt L. Schmoke, Former Mayor of Baltimore - BA History Yale E. Annie Proulx, writer - BA History, Vermont Salman Rushdie, writer - MA History, Cambridge Jimmy Buffett, singer - BA History, Southern Mississippi U. Dick Jauron, head coach Buffalo Bills - BA History, Yale Jerry Brown, former governor of California - BA Classics, Berkeley E.M. Forster - BA Classics and History, Cambridge Stephen Chao, former head of Fox and USA networks - BA Classics, Harvard Lincoln Chaffe, former Senator from Rhode Island - BA Classics, Brown C.J. Cherryh, science fiction writer - MA Classics, Johns Hopkins Rita Mae Brown, feminist author - BA Classics, NYU Bill O'Reilly, Fox News guy - BA History, Marist Gray Davis, former California governor - BA History, Stanford Gene Scott, wacky televangelist - BA History, Chico State U. Orrin Hatch, Utah Senator - BA History, Brigham Young Ed Norton, actor - BA History Yale Tony Danza, actor - BA History Education, Dubuque Martha Stewart - BA History and Architectural History, Barnard Robert H. Bork, former judge - BA History, Carleton College
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    What's Your Pet Peeve

    Almost the whole hip-hop, gangsta rap culture is garbage. Yes I'll admit that some things like early-NWA rise above the norm, but by and large its been a detriment to black youth in my opinion. I will admit to laughing when I see suburban white kids in Seattle acting like they're growing up on some inner-city 'mean streets'.
  24. Outstanding find, thanks for sharing.