First, the link: https://mega.nz/#F!AE5yjIqB!y7Vdxdb5pbNsi2O3zyq9KQ
THIS IS NOT A READING THREAD; take that shit elsewhere.
Someone last thread was asking which materials are suitable for academic citation. I wouldn't cite “AMOoKoS Manual” or Carroll's “Apophenion”, but I'd certainly cite anything in there by Brill, any “University of” press and anything in there which counts as, given you project, a primary source, (Like Crowley's unpublished papers in the Yorke Microfilms of the Warburg Collection). When in doubt, ask your professor if a given book's an acceptable source reference.
Divination's as old as magic itself. It's got a long and rich history, from reading smoke, to flocks of birds, to the organs of animals. Haruspex was the method of divination by which an diviner would 'read' the qualities of an animal liver and attempt discerning an answer to the query. We've got a number of Etruscian (and other) bronze plates that illustrate places where abnormalities of the liver could be found and their rough correspondence. Babalon would also do this, in the form of 'Barutu'. We actually have large chunks of translations of the core texts and there's an academic book called “Babylonian Liver Omens” that covers them. I do not have a scan as I cannot find it online but surely if you're in Uni you can get an interlibrary loan. Here's the core European practice from Liber Tagetici: https://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/Har.html
>>377903 Yi King developed out of reading the cracks formed in bones subjected to heat, and was codified by, allegedly, King Wen. These days the Wilhelm translation is still the standby. I -think- I've got a copy in the library. I'm really fond of Karcher's concordance, which I use around the house, which gives all the other possible English translation options for contextual semantic bleed. It's absolutely great if you want to attempt your own personal translation of the system, but has the issue of lacking... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>377934 Oddly enough I don't really have a working divination folder. Usually divinatory methods get subsumed into other practices in magical systems. You'll get a lesson on divination while learning about broader topic X. As such divinatory material's really scattered about the library, beyond the mentioned material I've got a copy of Tarot and the Magus over in the Thelema folder.
Anyway, I'd still love to hear about some material or references on old Chinese astrology beyond what a google... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
A real man, real in all the ways we recognize as real, finds himself suddenly abstracted from the world and deposited in a physical situation which could not possibly exist: sounds have aroma, smells have color and depth, sights have texture, touches have pitch and timbre. There he is informed by a disembodied voice that he has been brought to that place as a champion for his world. He must fight to the death in single combat against a champion from another world. If he is defeated, he will die, and his world, the real world, will be destroyed because it lacks the inner strength... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>377883 Since the comprehension of sweet sound is our most indefinite conception, music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry. Music without the idea is simply music. Without music or an intriguing idea, colour becomes pallor, man becomes carcass, home becomes catacomb, and the dead are but for a moment motionless.
The knights, easily. More mobile, and vastly better arms and armor.
>Roman legionaries vs Vikings
>Samuaris vs Roman legionaries
Depends on era for what constitutes a "Samurai". But in general, I'd bet on the Nips; Samurai were horse archers in a lot of their incarnations, and the Romans tended to have... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
He has an agenda. He cares more about portraying information in a way that in his eyes will best benefit humanity instead of simply trying to communicate information as clearly and objectively as possible.
That said, I like his Crash Course series and the shit his brother does.
This question comes after a discussion about censorship with a friend. If a certain person speaks out in favor of censorship towards someone or something without invoking any legal entity, is it hypocritical to condemn that person? Posted here because philosophy I guess
>Could the Byzantine Empire have survived? No. >What would the state look like if it still existed today in some form? Greece >Would the Greeks still call themselves Romans? Maybe if nationalism doesn't kick off
>>377745 >No. Any reason for this? I don't see the Turks winning Manzikert and settling in Anatolia as inevitable, and the Komnenos restoration was almost successful in destroying the Sultanate of Rum. Almost.
>>377876 I think even if it survived past the Turkic invasions it would have fallen in a similar way to the Ottomans. Becoming the sick man of Europe, throughout much if not most of it's history, the Byzantine Empire was the sick man of Europe.
>>377604 >multiculturalism is shit you can learn from other cultures without losing your identity but since this isn't /int/ i wonder how long will take until some euro shitposter replies "America has no culture KEK"
There's no cultural diversity in the US, does the term melting pot ring a bell? Even the blackest ghetto nigs speak English and are Christians, and new immigrants are pressured pretty hard into assimilating into Americans, the muh heritagers you see on the internet are just indulging in a roleplaying hobby.
>>377504 they're culturally very strict, rigorous and disciplined in everything they do - specially the japs, hence bushido (prior to the bombings, now they're just lost people with no cultural identity at all - just like the chinks after the communist brainwash)
and that's why they nuked japan - if they didn't the us army would be viciously destroyed if they decided to do a land invasion; even with worse hardware, not very advanced tactics or competent generals they would be dugged in like a tick and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I remember reading a story about a wargame America did to prepare for Iraq where they had one side be the Taliban with very basic weapons and equipment and the other side had great tech and weapons. But because the Taliban side had such an incredible general he managed to deploy tactics that rendered the American sides tech worthless and crushed them and it was such a crushing blow they tried to cover it up so the population would still support the war
Can anyone remember the name of this? It had a wikipedia page, i'd like to read about it again
Also any... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Is it possible for any modern individual to become as great s one of histories great generals/soldiers/leaders?
You will see people being upset that in history people half their age had conquered nations or won huge battles, but I feel that this is a silly thing to think about.
In today's society, countries are so bound by treaties or alliances or politics or trading all so neatly perfected that for someone to conquer any first-world country and claim it as part of their own land would be ridiculous, surely.
The closest thing I can think of Russia's... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>377301 "Where men are forbidden to honor a king they honor millionaires, athletes, or film-stars instead — even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served — deny it food and it will gobble poison."
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