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    Aineias Taktikos's Avatar

    Decius and His Persecution of the Christian Church

    A good read. Thank you for this essay. Does the actual edict survive in any form, and if so how has it come down to us?
    Posted September 14th, 2014 at 12:02 PM by Aineias Taktikos Aineias Taktikos is online now
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    The Roman Empire fell in 475 CE - or is that 480?

    I think the concept of Rome's "fall" has been thoroughly questioned and a great amount of continuity demonstrated after the alleged fall.

    What is interesting, is that it is considered a watershed event. But by whom? When in the telling of the story of Rome did the "last" roman emperor become an important event, an who named it as important? I'm not sure that it was a Roman writer if the late imperial or early medieval period, but I am sure someone can enlighten me on this aspect of historiography.
    Posted September 12th, 2014 at 08:25 AM by Aineias Taktikos Aineias Taktikos is online now
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    The Roman Empire fell in 475 CE - or is that 480?

    Ah, Nepos. I've read so many theories about the survival of the WRE if Nepos had just been more successful, it's mind-boggling. Not that I discount them as such - but there were so many bureaucratic, economic, and social problems plaguing the WRE at the time, I'd be inclined to say it's true end as an empire was 363 CE.
    Posted September 8th, 2014 at 10:45 PM by Porphyro Porphyro is offline
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    Nat Turner's Slave Revolt

    Interesting connection between Nat Turner and John Brown.
    This is probably the first time I feel sympathetic towards religious extremists.
    Of course, it's not all they were.

    The bit about George Thomas was great too.

    Keep up the good work, my friend.
    Posted September 4th, 2014 at 03:28 PM by Nostromo Nostromo is online now
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    Elise Sultanov's Avatar

    Dignity of a Bygone Age - The Life of Antoninus Pius

    Love it. Meditations was also very pretty.
    Posted August 5th, 2014 at 07:02 PM by Elise Sultanov Elise Sultanov is offline
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    Augustus (from 'Salah's Portraits of the Roman Emperors')

    I found this interesting, for certes, but there is no picture of Augustus to pull up!
    Posted July 16th, 2014 at 09:34 PM by gladiatrice gladiatrice is offline
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    LZRD WZRD's Avatar

    The Fame of Joshua Chamberlain

    Yes, O'Rourke certainly does deserve more recognition for his and the 140th New York's actions at Little Round Top. If he had survived, who knows what his legacy would have been? Chamberlain's role is definitely overstated due to The Killer Angels and Gettysburg, but he and the 20th Maine deserve to be celebrated nonetheless. Chamberlain also had such a notable career after Gettysburg and the war that it's very easy to build him up a little too much. Anyway, good post (and sorry for the late response lol).
    Posted July 16th, 2014 at 10:57 AM by LZRD WZRD LZRD WZRD is offline
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    The Children of Cleopatra

    How is that Goldsworthy book, Salah? I just watched a marathon of 'Rome' agains, and was contemplating picking it up.
    Posted July 4th, 2014 at 07:32 AM by okamido okamido is offline
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    Armies of the Prophet

    the army of HOLY PROPHET PEACE BE UPON HIM was not "dark army". it was most enlightened army of all ages. there was, is and there cant be an army better than that army. Mujahideen fought because there desire was to become martyrs.
    they cant be called dark.they were reformers
    Posted May 19th, 2014 at 01:36 AM by umaircheema926 umaircheema926 is offline
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    Elise Sultanov's Avatar

    Violent Criminals in Victorian Britain

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    I've never understood what people found attractive about public executions. Ugh.

    Interesting blog, thanks for sharing.
    It's also a mystery to me, but one that I want hopefully to be unsolved till the end of our days and furthermore.
    Posted April 11th, 2014 at 11:10 AM by Elise Sultanov Elise Sultanov is offline
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    Violent Criminals in Victorian Britain

    I've never understood what people found attractive about public executions. Ugh.

    Interesting blog, thanks for sharing.
    Posted April 9th, 2014 at 05:43 PM by R5 plus R5 plus is offline
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    Marcus Aurelius and the Five Good Emperors

    Commodus campaigned with his father against the MarcoManni for quite some time, he even co-ruled with his father for some time. Also, Marcus Aurelius in his Meditations has a good opinion of his son, that probably means that Commodus still had not shown his true nature (he was still a kid after all).
    The claim that Marcus Aurelius spent more time writing philosophy than defending the empire is indeed ridiculous, since he spent basicly all his reign away from Rome at the front with the soldiers. Moreover, the Meditations were just personal writings never meant to be published, he actually disposed that the ''book'' had to be burned after his death.
    Posted March 30th, 2014 at 05:09 AM by Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius is offline
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    Aetius - the Last of the Romans

    No worries, guys. I am still there and pretty much alive.
    Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 04:58 PM by Aetius Aetius is offline
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    Aetius - the Last of the Romans

    What languages did Aetius speak? How old was he when he became a hostage among the Huns? Could it be that Valentinian feared him because he did not seem Roman enough in culture, despite his loyalty to Rome?
    Posted December 1st, 2013 at 06:20 AM by Aya Katz Aya Katz is offline
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    Slavery, Christianity, and John Brown

    John Brown was a Martyr

    First of all thank you for the welcome. I am a history buff, I may not know much but love it. I had stumbled onto this site by Googling movie about John Brown and here I am. I think that the white man wants to think John Brown was insane. What white man would want to risk his and his families lives for for a person of color let alone for anyone else? That is the only reason he didn't have many follow his lead. The blacks knew if they were caught they would be tortured. I do believe that Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry was partially the reason the Civil War happened. I feel that he was a man that should be respected? Crime back then was not punished by justice or the slave owners whipping their possessions should have been punished. I think that Brown's thinking was the same. An eye for an eye. I know that this is a topic that not many want to touch on by looking at the responses to the initial posting. By the way I am caucasian. Bill
    Posted November 25th, 2013 at 02:51 PM by luvhistori luvhistori is offline
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    Aurelian, Tetricus, and the Battle for Gaul

    Thank you, Salah, for this little essay.
    Posted October 25th, 2013 at 07:39 AM by auhcxam auhcxam is offline
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    The Kitos War

    I hadn't heard of this episode, good stuff.
    Posted August 17th, 2013 at 05:38 PM by okamido okamido is offline
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    Vercingetorix

    Ah! Caesar, such a hypocrite. Too bad we don't have any more knowledge regarding Vercingetorix than the one you've posted. Methinks, the same goes for other famous Gauls too.
    Posted July 31st, 2013 at 10:13 PM by Modest Learner Modest Learner is offline
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    Elise Sultanov's Avatar

    Assassination attempts on Queen Victoria

    "It seems to have been the clumsiness of the would-be assassins, not God, that saved the Queen." - love it.
    And: The MacLean-Schoolboys were crucial!
    Posted July 31st, 2013 at 12:58 PM by Elise Sultanov Elise Sultanov is offline
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    Vandals - timeline, personal reference

    Minor correction: Only Sicily was conquered in 440. Sardinia and Corsica were conquered in 456 and the Balearic Islands were conquered about 461. Great timeline though.
    Posted July 8th, 2013 at 02:08 PM by EmperorTigerstar EmperorTigerstar is offline
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