Tag Archives: History

Ides of March Morbidity

During the holiday season, I got to thinking about nativities, and what other holidays could possible have that sort of decoration, with all the little statuettes assembled to form a scene.  My favorite pieces of artwork tend to be tangible … Continue reading

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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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Chess Facts for Kids

A while ago, I had a job teaching chess to elementary students.  It was fun, and paid great, but it was only an hour a week so I wasn’t really worth it once I got something regular.  It was fairly … 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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Spintriae

Well, I learnt something new today.  Have you ever heard of spintriae?  I hadn’t, until coming across an article about them.  They’re small Roman tokens, depicting sex acts on one side, and a number on the other, and no one … 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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