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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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Pirates Capture Cervantes

Cervantes had had enough of soldiering. He had seen some famous action in Lepanto but much more inaction on marches and in barracks. He was in the best years of his life and now he had made up his mind … Continue reading

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