Who is your favorite medieval philosopher/thinker/writer?
Pic def not related, but Martin brings replies.
Are you 100% certain that this barely educated son of a glover wrote all of the singularly influential and revered plays attributed to him?
Could Stilicho helped the Western Roman Empir survive and endure longer if not for Honorius incompetence and Olympus' corruption? As well as keeping Alaric in line and happy with his Visgothic troops?
The overall situation in Stilicho's time was already nightmarish. Plus, he was not that different from the other "generalissimos" (stealing O'Flynn term). He could have been a bit more successful in the short term, but no one had the strength or the resources to stop the overall decline for long.
For someone who tried (even if in a later date and in a shittier position), Majorian. And he got killed off by another warlord thanks to that.
>last great roman general
I wasn't aware we were making threads about Belisarius
Why did Protestantism take off in the Germanic world but no where else?
Why haven't I seen this guy brought up in a discussion in like 3 years? I honestly think the last time I remembered him was when I crossed the pond and was literally standing in front of his column.
I am only posting about this cause I remember countless times as a kid hearing that this guy was GOAT for early 19th century naval warfare, but I find it strange how theres hardly a whisper of his name.
Was he even that great?
It's amazing that a lot of people did great things at such a young age back then. I'm in my mid 20s and have been going through a huge existential crisis realizing what your average citizen at my age would have accomplished over 100 years ago. JUST is all I can say about myself.
Following his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, Horatio Nelson's body was preserved in a cask of brandy to allow transport back to England. Upon arrival, however, the cask was opened and found to be empty of brandy. The pickled body was removed and, upon inspection, it was discovered that the sailors had drilled a hole in the bottom of the cask and drunk all the brandy. Thus, this tale serves as a basis for the term "Nelson's blood" being used to describe brandy. It also serves as the basis for the term tapping the admiral being used to describe surreptitiously sucking liquor from a cask through a straw. The details of the story are disputed, as many historians claim the cask contained French brandy, whilst others claim instead the term originated from a toast to Admiral Nelson. Variations of the story, involving different notable corpses, have been in circulation for many years. The official record states merely that the body was placed in "refined spirits" and does not go into further detail.
Are you me?
I know it's the cliche of all historical cliches, but after a thread here a while back I ended up reading a lot more about Alexander, and then realized he had already conquered Persia at my age.
>tfw you will never overextend Darius's flank and lead your cavalry in a glorious charge into his center
>tfw no Parmenian to be your wingman
>tfw you'll never weep because there are no more worlds to conquer
Do you guys like historical music? I'm thinking of putting together a /his/ music essentials list and I wonder how well versed some of you are in music history.
I'll start. Franco-Flemish polyphony is one of my favorite styles of music.
Old music, I suppose. Even something as recent as classic rock could be historical music, but it wouldn't be much fun to discuss that. I'd rather look at styles of music that are no longer extant today, yet have a big role in the genealogy of modern music. Classical (both with and without a capital C) would be a good example and obviously the first place to look. But I'd like to look back further.
Who would you guys say is the greatest historical military strategist and theoritician? How about in terms of naval warfare as well? This guy always comes to mind
Is there a "right" side to history?
Please give genuine discussion, not just memes.
Did moses steal it from the egyptians?
was it placed in the great pyramid??
do you believe it was taken to ethiopia like graham hancock said?
Who put up the better fight against insurmountable odds in a losing effort: Napoleon, the Confederate States of America, or the Third Reich/Nazi Germany?
What role did Islam have in ushering in the Dark Ages in Europe? Would you say it was directly and solely responsible or only mostly responsible?
In 632, Mohammed dies and his followers continue spreading his teachings. 711, the Moors invade the Iberian peninsula, and continue their advance on Europe until they are stopped by Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732. The Reconquista doesn't begin driving Muslims out of Europe until the 13th century, and finishes expelling the final hold-outs from Iberia in 1609. Meanwhile, as the Black Death, a disease imported...
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There certainly were what could be called a "dark ages", just not nearly as long as commonly depicted and less-expansive in topics it affected. Specifically, population and infrastructure suffered greatly.
I can tell you right now the Muslim presence in Iberia was a major benefactor for Christian Iberian technology. The christian refugees that migrated from the al-andalus brought with them lots of agricultural and technological advances.
Also, do you believe what's in your post? Because "islamic extremists" is about as damning as saying "the tyrannic sultan" considering there had been 9 crusades by that point.
And by 1453, we were already close to the renaissance, in 1514 Portugal took Ceuta which was the start of the Age of Discoveries.
Did Moses exist?
Was he ever really the leader of the Israelites?
Does anyone think "a burning bush that does not burn" sounds a lot like a hologram? It gives off light like a fire, but obviously, is not actually fire. If you were a primitive back then, how would you describe a hologram? Flame that does not burn, right?
And when described as an acacia bush, it kind of looks like a hologram. You have light artifacts that project in a cone from the projector, or the stems radiating from the roots of the bush, and the leave are the hologram, you can not tell me there is not an uncanny resemblance.
And hail of fire? Doesn't that sound rather similar to firebombing? And when Moses used biochemical warfare, it's clear the bible says he dispersed some sort of powdery substance in the air to cause a plague. And doesn't a mushroom cloud resemble a pillar of fire? I think Moses' staff may have actually been a tentacle shaped robot, which explains how it appeared to turn into a snake.
Why are there so many anti-Enlightenment posters around here? I'd like to know why you're against it and why you believe that we were better off before it.
Hey /his/ what were some of the down right stupidest ideas in history. I'm talking weapons, tactics, warfare, political moves anything that was just out right retarded.
It was a really small nuke that would have killed the people who fired it.
North of them, Or were the Vikings a complete surprise when they showed up at Lindisfarne a?
I understand, vikings were trading with Muslims and people west of them but did the English and later french know who was attacking them?
Im not an expert on this but raids tend not to get announced which can lead to "SOME PEOPLE RAIDED US! I BET IT WAS OUR NEIGHBORS! LETS RAID THEM BACK! *actual raiders was some village somewhere else entirely*"