>The Ottomans were the true heirs of the Roman Empire! Pax Ottomana!
Do you agree with this statement?
No. They did not/do not share the Western cultural tradition inherited from the Roman Empire.
They do not share the Byzantine tradition, either. Russia were the most notable inheritors of that.
They certainly had an interesting empire and were comparatively enlightened in some ways, so in that regard there is some similarity. They were not Romanesque, however, nor yet Byzantine.
How did the Romans look in terms of their physical appearance? Take into consideration when I say "Romans" I'm talking about ethnic Romans. Obviously 'Roman' could have referred to anyone being born in and a citizen of the Roman Empire, from a Arab to a Englishman.
I'm talking about the actual ethnic Romans. Were they generally a dark-featured ethnic European populace like modern-day Italians?
Does ethnic "Romans" include their fellow Latins? Either way most Latins including the Romans and the Italics of Italy were generally tanned. Their complexions from what I understand, were fairer then the Greeks who themselves are more olive-skinned.
Also when Caesar's legions invaded Britain, the natives called them "black people" due to the natural difference between their more pale skins and complexions vs the Romans/Latins.
Otherwise all Europeans back then would've had...
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>those Romans who were fair-haired preferred to dye their hair dark in the early period of Ancient Rome; at one point in time blond hair was even associated with prostitutes. The preference changed to bleaching the hair blond when Greek culture, which practiced bleaching, reached Rome, and was reinforced when the legions that conquered Gaul returned with blond slaves.
I've wanted to ask this question for a while, but I find it hard to phrase in a delicate way that doesn't have everyone telling me to get back to /pol/.
Is there any credence to the recent claims that Egyptians used to be black? It seems kind of anachronistic to me to try and apply blackness to a considerably well documented ancient race.
The modern Egyptians are the same people for the most part as the ancient ones. There were probably some black people in Egypt, but nowhere near a majority and there were some black pharaohs, but that's it.
I'm no historian but I've never understood why people didn't thought they where black to begin with. You DO know where Egypt is located, right?
Pic related is a modern day picture from an Egyptian man.
>Ancient Egyptian 'black' thread
Guaranteed replied as well as cherry picked images. This thread will soon be a chockablock of anecdotal evidence and morons giving their own POV to the Nile civilization.
Being honest: it doesn't take a moron to see the Ancient Egyptians were by no means a populace purely or even overwhelmingly (80%+) Sub-Saharan African in terms of their DNA.
>you will never be a member of the Sea People
>you will never fuck up civilizations so hard they forget how to read and write
Sea people didn't fuck up anybody that hard. They struck at a time when the climate was being shitty for agriculture and in turn they helped trigger a systematic collapse of Bronze Age era trade and central governance.
The only people who forgot to read and write were the Greeks, Luwians, Egyptians, Assyrians/Summerians retained their literacy.
Greeks lost the ability because only a small number of people were probably literate in the first place. With the collapse of their society there was no way...
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They did the world a favor. If it wasn't for them destroying Bronze Age civilization we would all still be using pictographs.
No phonetic written language means no effective printing press which means no Enlightenment which means no industrial revolution.
The industrial revolution was because of the Sea People.
What is /his/'s opinion of Lindybeige?
He's entertaining and he raises some interesting points about some things. However, he's not actually a historian or archaeologist. He has a degree in archaeology, but he's only worked in film production and as a dance instructor as far as I know, and it shows. He's one of my favorite youtubers, but he can't be seen as an authoritative source on most of the stuff he talks about.
Did the Free Masons actually infiltrate the Catholic church? Is there any evidence for this?
Ever heard of Licio Gelli and P2?
Why did the Jews kill Jesus?
Does /his/ think McCarthyism is repeating itself?
Is dictatorship bad because a man with absolute power is likely to be corrupted by it, or is the concept of a man with that absolute power inherently bad, no matter how virtuous he may be in his soul and his actions?
it's bad because everyone's different and one man can not please everyone so its easy to place the blame when things go wrong.
whereas in democracy it's hard because "The people voted for these laws"
If you have a system where one man at the top weilds absolute political power, any given subject has no recourse to any decisions which might affect him badly (even if done with the best of intentions) other than armed insurrection.
Armed insurrections, whether successful or failures, are expensive, bloody, and just bad news all around.
A more inclusive political system allows people to become politically involved without resorting to violence.
Why are the former lands of Selucids and are descendants of Selucid Greeks now Muslim?
as a hella-boo this really seems odd when you think about it
Because the actual Hellenic population of the Selucid empire was tiny? They ruled over a huge number of different peoples, and surprise surprise, when someone else came along, their values permeated the area.
This isn't hard, dude.
>but why would they not hold on to Greek culture rather than adopt Islam?
Because in an Islamic empire where Muslims are treated better than everyone else, it pays to convert.
When will atheism overtake christianity? Do you think we'll live to see the day that atheists outnumber the religious?
>Do you think we'll live to see the day that atheists outnumber the religious?
If you live in a civilized, developed country: yes.
If you live in Africa: No
Why didn't the settlers enslave native americans instead of getting slaves all the way from Africa?
She's right, isn't she?
No, the idea behind liberal arts is to learn a wide variety of things in order to form a broad base of knowledge. Learning about multiple perspectives does that. Just reading works that other people have deemed great doesn't.
If a Holy God exists, then why does he allow evil to exist?
He is not all powerful. People are placed on Earth to follow the doctrine of God, the good people follow it (or if not, just be generally good people), and the bad people, don't, and generally act like God. This is what the whole "path to righteousness" is. At least, that's what I believe.