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Caesar Escapes Just Like Indiana Jones

See him: the tough old general swimming for his life, keeping under water as much as he can while the arrows splash all around him in the water. He holds his notes in the air.  A general needs his papers. … Continue reading

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El Cid—Spain’s Champion 3

The first two pages of the epic poem El Cantar de Mío Cid are missing. That often happens to old manuscripts without a cover. But scholars say those missing pages told this story. King Alfonso sent El Cid to Seville … Continue reading

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El Cid—Spain’s Champion

This is the tomb of El Cid (Ruy Díaz de Vivar) and his wife Ximena in a little monastery in Old Castile called San Pedro de Cardeña: In the graveyard outside is his horse Babieca: They say the great battle … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Greatest Battle (Part 3)

They came at the dead of night, says Caesar. Julius Caesar (public domain photo) He couldn’t have liked that much. Darkness always greatly increased the danger of battle. His lookout towers had a fine view of the enemy during the … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Greatest Battle (Part 2)

From the citadel of Alesia Vercingetorix watched his kinsmen arrive by the thousands behind the Roman army. Statue de Vercingétorix at Alise-Sainte-Reine (Côte-d’Or) France – sculpteur Aimé Millet ( Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license photo by Siren-Com) He … Continue reading

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Cervantes at Lepanto

Cervantes had a useless left hand—a war wound. Nowadays we would call him a disabled veteran. His enemy Avellaneda called him an “old one-armed guy.” That really burned him. “If my wounds don’t shine so brightly in the eyes of … Continue reading

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