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Top new questions this week:

Why did Europe not see Roman-era numbers of men participating in battles until the 17th century?

Typical decisive battles in Roman times involve 4+ legions - around 20,000 men + auxiliaries giving a total of about 30,000 men, on the Roman side only. Battles in even the late middle ages and early ...

military middle-ages europe classical-antiquity  
asked by Evil Washing Machine 32 votes
answered by two sheds 12 votes

Mystery of the many-loaded muzzles

I recall, way back in high school, someone came to describe the American Civil War, show local artifacts, that sort of thing. I remember them mentioning that muzzle-loaded weapons had been found with ...

weapons american-civil-war  
asked by dwn 10 votes
answered by Schwern 8 votes

What were the thoughts of the Celts, Romans and other ancient European people about the standing stones which survive from prehistoric times?

All over Europe, there are monuments of stone such as stonehenge, although many are not so grand as stonehenge is. Contra Asterix, the Celts didn't carve out menhirs and things like that. The stones ...

ancient-history europe  
asked by Ne Mo 8 votes

Why were proconsular appointments so staggered under the Principate?

Ronald Mellor, in an article about the new Flavian elite (Mellor, Ronald. "The New Aristocracy of Power." In: Flavian Rome: culture, image, text (2003) edited by Boyle and Dominik: 69-91.) rather ...

ancient-rome roman-empire political-history  
asked by Felix Goldberg 7 votes
answered by Oldcat 2 votes

The Purpose of Mystery Object 40.9.11

In the summer of 1915, a wireless telegraph station in Sayville, Long Island owned by the German company Telefunken was caught sending covert commands to U-Boats patrolling the Atlantic Ocean. The ...

germany ww1 technology communication identification  
asked by prpole 6 votes

What was the banquet of chestnuts?

It is supposed that at some point in Vatican history an event took place commonly referred to as the banquet of chestnuts. However this story is doubted and discounted in many quarters. Is there any ...

catholic-church renaissance  
asked by user10154 5 votes
answered by two sheds 3 votes

Cultural history of Saudi Arabian rulers' uniform beard style?

Why is it that all Saudi Arabian rulers and prices both of the present and past generations apparently wear the same style of chin beards? (Yes, they wear the same styles of headdresses as well.) Is ...

culture middle-east saudi-arabia  
asked by Drux 5 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?

Greece has been subject to many many invasions since the 7th century and there must have been a serious mixing of peoples. In a similar situation, we do not usually consider the French or the Germans ...

ancient-greece greece  
asked by Felix Goldberg 16 votes
answered by T.E.D. 12 votes

When and how did the USA and the UK become allies?

So, you may remember that the United States and Great Britain had a minor spat in 1776, which shall we say, did not put them on the friendliest of terms. In 1812, while Britain was focused on its war ...

united-states united-kingdom  
asked by Affable Geek 27 votes
answered by jfrankcarr 19 votes
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