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  1. Re: Game of Thrones: TV Series - Season 5 (Book spoilers in tags with warning)

    Lord Mace Tyrell has HAD HIS DAY!

    Too bad madness has swallowed up and killed all of HIS CHILDEN.

    Perhaps he'll soon be avenged by HIS MOTHER (Lady Olenna).
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  2. Re: Were the Greeks and Chinese the only ones to invent their own historiographical traditions?

    ...I also find it intriguing that the first known female historians belonged to the same time frame of the mid 1st century AD: Pamphile of Epidaurus in Roman-era Greece (active during the reign of...
  3. Re: Were the Greeks and Chinese the only ones to invent their own historiographical traditions?

    Excellent points, Ludicus! :) Yes, a good amount of medieval chroniclers certainly had a moralistic theme in mind, not all of them mind you, but most certainly the ones belonging to religious orders...
  4. Re: Were Roman mural painting traditions influenced more by Etruscans or Greeks?

    Cool stuff. Wasn't the original Temple of Saturn in Rome all Etruscan looking, according to ancient sources? You know, before it burned down and was rebuilt. Of course today this is all that's left...
  5. Re: The music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the first virtuoso violinist and classical composer of African descent

    That bass be bumpin, yo. :D
  6. Re: The Great Wall (official trailer with Chinese Matt Damon, seriously though)

    Come on, Oda! I mentioned him in the OP.

    I'm going to cry now, because no one reads my OPs! Woe unto me! I shall now lament and stuff.

    I think it's interesting that he's a prisoner in this film...
  7. Re: France spared from being an atheist Caliphate

    "Atheist Caliphate."

    Damn! We were so close to having Francois Hollande declared as caliph. Oh well. Next time. :tongue:

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  8. The music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the first virtuoso violinist and classical composer of African descent

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    The guy had a fairly interesting life in French high society at the end of the 18th century. He was mixed race, having a white father and a mother who was the latter's...
  9. The building of walls for a Roman fort, the castrum (video)

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    I like the music. :D

    This is interesting. It's not exactly packed like rammed earth, but the inclusion of dirt poured in between the wooden beams certainly made it far more solid...
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    Re: Things that make you go WTF

    Government surveillance program: "If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear."

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    Sticky: Re: The Videos Thread!

    Lol. The most accurate depiction of Roman Gaul that I've ever seen. :surprise:

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  12. Re: Maybe flatten the battlefields a little?

    Come on, man. Everyone knows that Mount Everest is on the way to Sardis. :tongue:
  13. Poll: Re: US Presidential Election 2016: Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

    @Sumskilz: Wow. I didn't know any of that. Thanks for sharing! :)

    @Snuggans: I'd be somewhat skeptical of what you're saying if it weren't for a recent article I just read about a right-wing...
  14. Re: Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism in China

    Right, Hinduism isn't a missionary style faith, but despite that a small community of Jews - the Kaifeng Jews - managed to exist in China from the medieval period into the present day. Judaism isn't...
  15. Re: The Great Wall (official trailer with Chinese Matt Damon, seriously though)

    Some interesting details I hadn't seen before:

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-great-wall-film-legendary-film-20150702-story.html
  16. Poll: Re: US Presidential Election 2016: Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

    Large numbers of Hispanics are anti-Semitic? That's news to me.
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    Sticky: Re: 'You Laugh, You Lose Thread (No Videos, Read OP)

    Screw that, I'll putsch anyone I want at the beer hall, then drive away in my fancy coup...or rather, my coupe, a 1940 BMW 327 that is.
  18. Re: Why did science, philosophy, mathematics not flourish in Rome as they did in Greece

    You say it's just punctual, but the latter example occurred while Caesar was being stabbed to death. According to Suetonius, he chose to address his ethnic Roman rivals in Koine Greek instead of...
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    Re: Yuezhi (Yue-Chi) / Kushans

    Holy crap! That 5th-century BC golden Scythian comb from Solokha Kurhan (Zaporizhia, Ukraine), is one of the most impressive nomadic pieces of art I've ever seen, namely because of it's obvious Greek...
  20. Poll: Re: US Presidential Election 2016: Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

    I wasn' accusing you of anything...just merely speaking in generalities. And yes, I realize it was Hillary's camp who spread the image in 2008 in hopes to damage Obama's primary campaign. Some...
  21. Poll: Re: US Presidential Election 2016: Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

    Isn't that a picture of Obama attending a wedding in Indonesia? His family lived there from 1967 to 1970, where his (white) mom taught English. If you go to a wedding in Indonesia, aren't you...
  22. Re: Why did science, philosophy, mathematics not flourish in Rome as they did in Greece

    Who said "would rather" speak? Of course they still spoke Latin, yet people who are bilingual can skip from one language to another with ease. The Romans called it desultor "one who leaps down",...
  23. Re: Were the Greeks and Chinese the only ones to invent their own historiographical traditions?

    :yes: I couldn't have said it better myself. A shame I can't rep you for it, since I've repped you elsewhere too recently.
  24. Re: Why did science, philosophy, mathematics not flourish in Rome as they did in Greece

    Lol. It seems to me (at least) that you keep thinking I'm referring to architectural engineers exclusively. I think that's where you're having some trouble understanding what I'm saying. The label...
  25. Re: Were the Greeks and Chinese the only ones to invent their own historiographical traditions?

    Precisely, which would make it somewhat akin to the modern historical drama set in an accurate environment with correct place names, but deviating from actual history via the incorporation of obvious...
  26. Re: North Korea's Youth Becoming Disaffected: kids who haven't watched South Korean TV shows are now "seen as dorks"

    This needs to be settled in the Curia immediately with a vote. North Koreans must be blocked from infiltrating the TWC forums! The wave of them will come soon! We must prepare! :tongue:

    Seriously,...
  27. Re: Why did science, philosophy, mathematics not flourish in Rome as they did in Greece

    I didn't say Apollodorus wasn't operating within the tradition of Greco-Roman architecture. I was merely pointing out the overwhelming number of artisans and engineers who were ethnic Greeks from the...
  28. Re: Byzantine-Gokturk alliance against Sassanid Persia: was it mostly due to the silk trade?

    Weren't the Romans still sailing to India via Egypt and the Red Sea for exotic spices, though? I guess this alternate trade route via the North Caucasus guaranteed more of it, in any case. More is...
  29. Re: Attack on Mers-el-Kebir, July 1940. British war crime?

    Tough call either way, but I'm going with war crime. The ships hadn't fallen into Nazi hands yet. This was a largely unprovoked attack, ala the rule of the preemptive strike.
  30. Re: Now I know where you got your Roman temple ideas from...

    Here we can see the Mars of Todi, an Etruscan bronze statue from the late 5th to early 4th century BC, clearly imitating the nearby Greek Classical style of contrapposta. Moreover, look at the...
  31. Re: North Korea's Youth Becoming Disaffected: kids who haven't watched South Korean TV shows are now "seen as dorks"

    Fraternizing with the enemy? From the so-called Republic of Korea (South Korea)? THERE IS ONLY ONE KOREA AND IT IS BEST KOREA, LED BY OUR FEARLESS LEADER, KIM JONG-UN.
  32. Re: North Korea's Youth Becoming Disaffected: kids who haven't watched South Korean TV shows are now "seen as dorks"

    Nice. This part made me laugh the most:



    :rofl2: Imagine some poor brainwashed North Korean and all the mental gymnastics he must do now that he's seen a fake Facebook-like account of Kim...
  33. Re: Were the Greeks and Chinese the only ones to invent their own historiographical traditions?

    You're missing the point entirely. The Egyptians did record what happened and did so through the medium of chronicles and kings lists, while every so often a fictional tale, prophecy, or moralizing...
  34. Re: Byzantine-Gokturk alliance against Sassanid Persia: was it mostly due to the silk trade?

    Yeah, to me it seems that the alliance was at least originally about the Sogdians' desire to sell silk to the Byzantines, even if it was a decade after the Byzantines had smuggled silkworm eggs out...
  35. Re: You know you're playing too much EBII when...

    I'm not a kid anymore, though. Who has time to play all day? Four hours out of the day for an average adult is a huge amount of one's recreational time, basically more than half of it.
  36. Re: North Korea's Youth Becoming Disaffected: kids who haven't watched South Korean TV shows are now "seen as dorks"

    Ah yes. The ole reeducation by fire. It's a more...permanent lesson.

    :evil:
  37. North Korea's Youth Becoming Disaffected: kids who haven't watched South Korean TV shows are now "seen as dorks"

    N. Korea's Youth Becoming Disaffected

    LOL. This article was quite entertaining. Moreover it shows a potential sea change in the attitudes of North Korea's youth. This is problematic for the Kim...
  38. Re: You know you're playing too much EBII when...

    Portuguese identified. Lisbon confirmed. Target acquired. Berlin has given the go: Luftwaffe jets scrambled. Panavia Tornado and the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft assembled and launched.
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    Re: The thread for horrible suggestions

    That's one colorful pair of boxers you're talking about there! Lots of detail. I'm sure they would be expensive. :tongue:
  40. Re: Byzantine-Gokturk alliance against Sassanid Persia: was it mostly due to the silk trade?

    So...we can just safely assume silk trade was the primary cause of this alliance and subsequent wars, then?
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