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He Saw Alexander the Great

Question: Who was the last to see Alexander, the greatest man of ancient times? Busts of Alexander the Great and Hephaestion (public domain photo by Neilwiththedeal) Answer: The Emperor Augustus, according to the Roman biographer Suetonius. But how could that … Continue reading

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The Valley of the Fallen

At Appomattox, at the end of the American Civil War, the surrender of the Southern armies was unconditional. The parlor of the (reconstructed) McLean House, Appomattox Court House, Virginia, site of the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at the … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Troubling Dream (Part One)

Caesar went straight to the Herakleion in Cadiz. It wasn’t just tourism: he had some business for the oracle there. His visit had been announced beforehand—he was coming with the Roman propraetor—and the priests turned out in their white robes … Continue reading

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