When people talk about the greatest enemies of Rome people always mention Hannibal and the late barbarian tribes. However in my recent readings of Roman history I have been reading a lot of mentions of the Parthians and then the Sassanids. And I have to say they were a pretty great enemy of Rome. In particular Shapur II seems like a contender for one of Rome's greatest enemies. What are your thoughts about Shapur and the empire in general? And where would you rank them among the great rivals and enemies of Rome?
Why isn't the center of Christianity at Jerusalem etc? Why is it "Rome" (Jesus never went to Rome), "Constantinople" (Jesus never went to Constantinople), etc?
Is it because it's more about the ROMAN EMPIRE and how they institutional Christianity and it is now less about Jesus and more about ROMAN EMPIRE POWER. Italy/Rome makes millions and billions of dollars off Christianity every single year.
>>567657 It's idiotic to put the center of religion in an area that's seemingly wanted and militarily targeted by everybody, that's why. The capital of an empire would provide the most resources to build and lead and organized religion.
Rome is where the political power was that made it possible to declare themselves the center of Christianity. It is doubtful whether St. Peter actually was the first pope in Rome. So yeah, it was about power not about religion
Why is there seemingly so little in the way of photos and film taken by the Japanese in WW2?
I've read anecdotes in the past about the existence of gun camera footage of the raid on Pearl Harbor being lost with the sinking of some IJN flag ship, or the photos of mutilated marines of Wake Island being found amid the personal effects of dead Japanese soldiers on Guadalcanal, so surely they did document themselves.
Was it a purge of possibly incriminating evidence like the USSR and the Katyn massacre? Some cultural quirk that saw them destroyed in defeat? Or... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I'm more curious if they exist in some Japanese nation archive or something similar. It's easy to find American, German, and in most cases Russian photos in droves but it seems like there is little available from Jappan
>>567452 >Is the situation for male "losers" worse today in terms of access to resources and relationships than it was ~100 years ago? Or is it better than ever? If so what changed? >Or have male losers historically been losers in any time period?
Given that this answer has nothing to do with the contents of history, and everything to do with your personal beliefs about what "better" and "worse" are, why don't you fuck off... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>569652 >continously assaulted Hougoumont even though it obviously couldn't be taken >went full retard and commited to attacks on the british center, even though his advisors told him to flank from the west >even Wellington was perplexed at why he didn't just go west,, which would have cut off the retreat path of the british and delayed Blüchers arrival >Ney sperging out, sacrificing his best cavalry... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Short version: the arabs were one of the advanced nations. Now they are not quite as advanced. What happened?
A while ago i have listened to a podcast about the mongols in the Genghis the Khan era and one of the peoples the mongols fought and practically erased were the people of the islamic religion, i believe they were the arabs but i cant remember. Then this question arose, what happaned to the arabs that led to this cultural descent?
>>567356 The Ottomans and Mamluks supressed Arab out of fear of them growing too strong the Ottomans themselfs failed to keep Up With the European Industrial Revolution mainly due to policies during their golden age (mid 1500's/1600's )
>>567372 And even before that, the Mongols straight up fucked their shit up ruthlessly. Baghdad, former capital of the Islamic world, has not even come close to recovering even 1/8th of its former glory.
>>567353 First attempt to scientifically systematize face to face counseling methods for patients with psychiatric disorders. Emphasis on unconscious mental processes being the cause of psychiatric problems. Eventually leads to cognitive behavioral therapy, which has helped countless patients around the world without resorting to medication or incarceration.
Do those Muslims that think everyone is born a Muslim, also believe everyone naturally follows Muslim law as outlined in the sunnah and all that? Have there ever been any attempts to see if people from birth will BE Muslims? I don't mean just being submissive towards a higher power, but following all the rules and whatnot.
>>567346 Actually a newborn child is sinless, not sure about already having faith from birth. most animals are considered Muslims as they have no free will to defect from the submission of God, maybe newborn be considered as Muslim, not sure though.
>>567346 >Do those Muslims that think everyone is born a Muslim, also believe everyone naturally follows Muslim law as outlined in the sunnah and all that? Sure, why not, I've seen christians claim the same
>>567310 >smoking meth would be as normal and acceptable as drinking alcohol >maybe some writers and engineers would have been more prolific with access to a powerful stimulant like methamphetamine nothing else would change. Idiots with no self control will find a way to ruin their lives regardless of what drugs they have access to
Why did Zweihanders not become popular until late in the medieval era?
You think the idea of utilizing a bigass sword that allowed one man to fight against many in an open area would have come along quite early but it became popular right when firearms were about to make a scene and got pushed out in favor of polearms.
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