1. Marcellus

    Emperor Claudius was an idiot?

    He wrote Tyrrhenica, the twenty-book Etruscan history, and Carchedonica, an eight-volume history of Carthage, as well as an Etruscan dictionary. But, Suetonius painted Claudius as a ridiculous figure, belittling many of his acts and attributing the objectively good works to his retinue. Tacitus...
  2. HongRengan

    (Imperial) Chinese Poetry: Am I an Idiot?

    Almost every time (Imperial) Chinese poetry comes up, it's all so steeped in nature metaphors and abstract references that it comes out with almost no meaning to me. John Keay, author of the current Chinese history book I am reading, says that learning to understand old Chinese poetry is like...
  3. Earl_of_Rochester

    Was Socrates an idiot?

    The mastermind of philosophy and possibly one of the greatest and most original thinkers in Human History. And yet when given the opportunity to escape or to blag his way out of the courts he'd rather swallow hemlock and die, was that really a sign of genius or was he mentally unstable...
  4. Apachewarlord

    General Custer, talented commander, or lucky idiot?

    He graduated bottom of his class, but went on to become extremely famous, even before he got himself killed. So, do you think he is a lucky idiot, or a talented commander.
  5. viking

    Captain Scott. Hero or idiot?

    Captain Scott is a figure of some controversy in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. In assessing his position we can compare him with other explorers like Amundsen, Mawson and Shackleton. Should give scope for a lively debate.
  6. avon

    Dostoevsky, The Idiot

    Image source. Presented by irishcrusader: Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot, 1868. Text available from The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Search eText, Read Online, Study, Discuss. Open for discussion on Sunday, 18 December, 2011. ...