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  1. Tobias

    Dark Ages

    Hmm, i tell you what, that is a particularly well structured argument Shelby, well done sir. (sarcasm heavily apparent in my statement I would hope)
  2. I always wonder who puts these sort of sites together, they're amazing people Well, on my birthday, in the UK, the top song was "Hand on your heart", by Kylie Minogue, and in the USA, it was "I'll be there for you" by Bon Jovi
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    Ri-man

    Argh...the cybermen have returned!!! If you woke up in the morning to see that thing looking at you, what would your imnmediate reaction be?
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    Saying Of The Day

    "Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they have to say something"-Plato How true.
  5. I voted for Napoleon. As Virgil61 said, he certainly changed the face of Europe, and helped to change political systems for the future. The advent of Napoleon's rise to power and eventually, his self coronation as "Emperor", helped to unite much of Europe against him, and also caused Great Britain to rise out of it's reverie after the loss of the American colonies (although Britain rising can also be attributed to the Spanish affair). Had Napoleon succeeded in conquering Britain, the face of the world may have been very different indeed. A person i was wondering about was Joan of Arc. She commanded the entire armies of France at a rather young age, in a time where for a woman to be in such a position was very unusual. She helped to inspire the French and succeeded in causing the eventual expulsion of Britain from France, as well as reigniting French Nationalism.
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    The Greatest Cricket Match Ever

    LOL, i think Shane Warne may need to be careful; he'll end up with hair like Bert Newton
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    Dark Ages

    I don't see the Dark Ages as being a time of collapse and destruction. When Romulus Augustus was deposed, nothing more traumatic occurred than had been occurring for years beforehand, and most of European society during the Dark Ages merely stood still to regain their footing. As is said in my statement, i was referring mainly to what began the Dark Ages, the neglect and falling apart of Roman infrastructure, the loss of a standard coinage etc. I don't believe that the entire dark ages were bad, nor am i speaking of them in a negative way; as i said, i'm speaking mainly of the initial stages, which was the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
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    El Alamein

    It was her personal opinion, i have too high an opinion of the British in general to think it to be a universal opinion over there
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    Worst Roman Figure

    Just of of curiosity, might i ask what you dislike about Justinian?
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    The Greatest Cricket Match Ever

    I'm prepared to overlook his "private" life if he continues to take exorbitant amounts of wickets for Australia For god's sakes, leave the best spin bowler in the world alone, paparazzi
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    El Alamein

    At my school here in Australia, we recently got a young new teacher, who came from England. She questioned us about ANZAC day here, and why we would want to continue to remember the wars Australia participated in. She commented that she had little use for days like ANZAC day and Remembrance Day. I must admit that i was rather surprised; i would have thought a British person would understand why these days exist. These days exist so that we don't forget the horrors of war. I felt rather worried that if a new teacher should believe that such days and commemorations were unnecessary, then how many others believe the same thing? If the belief that we don't need to remember the atrocoties of the wars catches on, then Wars on a similar, or worse, scale will certainly occur again. ..anyway, that's just my two bob's worth for today ...
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    Did Cato Destroy The Republic?

    Thank you Skarr, that's pretty much how i feel, it's just difficult to put feelings down into words sometimes I believe it comes back to the ancient fact; No matter what sort of system there is in place, it will not work for someone, or someone will want to bring it down. The fact is that humankind is so diverse that a system cannot be customised to fit every single person. No-one is perfect, and not all are necessarily good at heart.
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    The Greatest Cricket Match Ever

    Well said Germanicus I noted that Shane Warne is in trouble....again....
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    Dark Ages

    I would not go so far as to say that the Byzantines had a negative effect on Western Europe; they absorbed most of the overtures made by the Persians and the Arabs, and protected the west from many threats through protecting their own interests, as was said by Kosmo. It can also be said that they didn't necessarily believe in exactly the same religion; the Orthodox and Catholic churches were quite often at odds with each other, especially after the Byzantines lost Rome.
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    Dark Ages

    Indeed, some of the only lights of learning were preserved in Constantinople. In the last years of the Empire, there was a great flourishing of art and learning, and some great works were produced; some of the last legacies of the Byzantines to be produced. With the steady besiegement on all sides, these scholars, artists etc fled to the Italian centres of civilisation, like Venice, Florence, Milan etc, and helped to set off the renaissance
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    Who Is Your Celebrity Match?

    I got Winona Ryder - who the hell is that? The next closest were Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie and Kirsten Dunst. To tell the truth, i have little time for celebrities....
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    The Greatest Cricket Match Ever

    I couldn't believe that - there i was celebrating at another Australian record - and the South African team beats us! But yeah, Australia is toning down now, letting a few other teams get some glory for a change; if Australia was to win all the time, the game would be just boring - we've got to be fair But seriously, South Africa just outdid us completely that day; good on them
  18. Now that is quite amazing. I have a book called "Orbit" at home, released by National Geographic, and the book contains pictures from space of places in all the continents; that is amazing in itself, but these ancient sites are incredible; especially Stonehenge I've heard many times that the best satellites can read the time of one's wristwatch
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    El Alamein

    Yes, the people at Bletchly Park certainly deserve a lot of credit, and Montgomery did his fair share too. It certainly helps to know your enemy's battle strategy and his supply routes
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    Justin I.

    It's amazing how, when you research into an area you previously knew virtually nothing about, you thoroughly enjoy researching. I couldn't believe how much i was interested in Justin after even a small read about him, and i would recommend to all to look into nonentical Roman Emperors; you may be pleasantly surprised
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    El Alamein

    Your grandfather too has a lot to be proud of. Scotland would have been an ok place to spend the war If General Rommel had succeeded and taken El Alamein, eventually the Suez Canal, and hence the gates to the oilfields of the Middle East, the world may have a different face on it to today. El Alamein was a pivotal point in WWII, and it's a shame that it's not as well known.
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    Did Cato Destroy The Republic?

    It strikes me all the time when i research various aspects of history; there are so many amazing events that have occurred, or were sparked, by a person or people who thought they were acting for the greater good; for what they thought was right. In my opinion, Cato didn't destroy the Republic. Yes, he may have gone to some interesting lengths throughout his remarkable life, and yes, he could be construed as the villain of the piece (especially to readers of Colleen McCullough's "Caesar" ), but as has been said, he acted on principle; on what he believed was right. I had a teacher who said that the highest level of thinking can be defined as standing by what one believes in, no matter what, if one thinks it is right. Who has the right to say that what one says is not necessarily right? Perspective is a very strong thing, and causes division when not realised. Caesar acted for what he thought was right (although, as i'm sure M. Porcius Cato shall say, he also had other motivations), and Cato acted as he thought right. It can be said that both had their fair share in destroying the republic, but no one person (in my opinion) can be given the dubious honour of bringing down an entire system.
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    The Imperial Beards

    I named no-one; it was merely a general observation. Those i don't know as well on the site i give the respect i think their due; there's no irony about it, i was merely respectful. My opinion was never meant to suggest a complete solution as to why the later Emperors wore beards; and by dismissing Emperors and their wartime beards, you have missed my point; I thought that perhaps the later Emperors seized upon it as symbol of a strong militant attitude; of being devoted to the state in times of trouble so far as to perhaps neglect personal physical features such as beards. You make a valid point; however, historical discussion wouldn't be as interesting without some theories
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    El Alamein

    My grandfather fought at El Alamein, as part of the 12th Lancers. He's had a stroke, so i can't exactly talk to him about the battles around that place these days, but that has served to pique my interest. This movie sounds familiar; i may have seen it. The ANZACs were at El Alamein, but they are more famous in North Africa for the Battles of Tobruk
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    The Imperial Beards

    If you were an Emperor, would you get statues of coinage done of yourself with you not looking your best? Just because an Emperor isn't wearing a beard on coinage or on statues is no proof whatsoever that they didn't acquire beards when on campaign etc. You will also observe sir, that i added the qualification " 'might' retain his beard". One must keep an open mind with history, and listen to the opinions of others
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