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A White Fawn Whispers to Sertorius

One morning a hunter brought a snow-white fawn into camp and presented it to Sertorius. One of Argonne’s famous white deer makes a rare appearance on a misty morning (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license photo) Sertorius smiled to … Continue reading

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Hannibal’s Ingenious Trick

Everyone knows that Hannibal led an army with elephants over the Alps to attack Rome. That was one of the boldest and most colorful deeds in military (or any other) history. Hannibal’s Famous Crossing of the Alps (public domain photo) … Continue reading

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They Called Sertorius the Roman Hannibal

Julius Caesar was ambitious, says Plutarch, and he paid for it.   Tusculum portrait of Caesar (public domain photo by Tataryn77) The proud Romans could see, or thought they could see, that he would stop at nothing less than becoming … Continue reading

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The Tomb of Hercules

The most famous ancient sanctuary in Western Europe was in Cadiz,  in old Spain. Hercules was buried there. Hercules Monument at Cadiz, Spain There was an oracle. You could ask her questions and get a cryptic reply or an interpretation … Continue reading

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How Rome Conquered the World (Part 2)

So Polybius told the Romans how they had nearly lost their city because they refused to ransom their own soldiers. What was that story? Hannibal’s biggest victory was at Cannae. He annihilated the Roman army of 50,000 and took about … Continue reading

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How Rome Conquered the World (Part 1)

Just after the Romans had gotten rid of the Carthaginians once and for all (they wiped Carthage off the map in 146 BC), a Greek named Polybius wrote a book about them. He was impressed. “There can surely be nobody … Continue reading

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