Category Archives: History

Sostratos of Aegina Notes

When I was first reading Herodotus, buried in Book 4, I came across a passage that wouldn’t have stood out if not for its footnote.  The section, 4.152, reads: But after they had been away for longer than the agreed … Continue reading

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Sostratos of Aegina

O Sostratos of Aegina, who were you?  You, whose profit was so renowned that no explanation was necessary, and that no one else’s could be even compared, are now a hapax legomenon, mentioned once and forgotten.  What did you trade?  Where … Continue reading

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Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Well, today’s the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nakasaki.  I thought I would share this New Yorker article about Hiroshima, from 1946.  Enjoy.

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The Orangutan Opening

I just came across the most interesting history behind a chess opening I’ve ever read.  From Game of Kings: A Year Among the Oddballs and Geniuses Who Make up America’s Top High School Chess Team: This name, the Orangutan, traces its … Continue reading

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Spartan Women

I came across the below post on Tumblr recently, with some of the accompanying notes below, numbered for convenience.  It talks about Spartan women, often using colorful language, so if swears offend you, don’t read the rest of this post. … Continue reading

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Agathoclean Anecdotes

I thought it might be interesting to collect some of the anecdotes about him that the ancient authors have left us.  I consider Agathocles to be an especially interesting figure.  His rise from obscurity, his boldness, his brilliance, his caring … Continue reading

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My Five Underknown Historical Figures

So here’s my list of my Top 5 Underknown Historical Figures, people I think are awesome, but most people don’t know about.  They’re certainly not the most obscure people in the world, but I’d be greatly surprised if your average … Continue reading

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