Monthly Archives: August 2013

Heir to Greatness: Addendum – Attila to Napoleon

Last week I seemingly concluded this series with a discussion of the Roman Republic/Empire as a possible successor to Alexander the Great’s legacy. And for me, personally, that’s all there is – by the time of the dissolution of the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“A brave man may fall, but he cannot yield.” Latin proverb.

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Heir to Greatness: Part 8 – The Glories of Eternal Rome

Both the Roman Empire and the Republic that preceded it are quintessential figures in any discussion of conquest. From its origins as a collection of villages on the banks of the Tiber to its fall at the end of the … Continue reading

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Apologies

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to update this blog for the last week or so – life, the great intruder, has gotten in the way again. But fear not, I haven’t been idle, and more posts will shortly be forthcoming; … Continue reading

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“Valour is the contempt of death and pain.” Tacitus.

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Quote of the Day

“You might as well stand and fight, because if you run you will only die tired.” Vern Jocque.

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Heir to Greatness: Part 7 – Hannibal at the Gates

Hannibal Barca is a name synonymous with military genius. Probably the most famous Carthaginian from a civilisation that lasted for at least five-hundred years, if not longer (the exact date of the foundation of the original colony by Phoenician settlers … Continue reading

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“I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a … Continue reading

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“To meditate on death, to remember that all men are mortal and that everybody’s ideal should be to die well, helps one to reach old age and to have more satisfaction in life than others.” Xenophon

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Heir to Greatness: Part 6 – The Last Antigonoids

Tracing their descent from Antigonus Monophthalmus (the “One-Eyed”), one of Alexander the Great’s generals and diadochi, the Antigonoids of Macedon ruled almost the entirety of Greece for over a century. The beginning of the end came in 197BC at the … Continue reading

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