Monthly Archives: September 2006

Julius Caesar: Not to be Trifled With!!!

“Prelude to Civil War:” On 1 January 49 BC the consuls began to do everything in their power to remove Caesar from his governorship. He had held it for ten years and its term had expired. Caesar now intended to … Continue reading

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My Hometown

How Devils Lake Got its Name The name given the lake by Indians is “Minnewaukan,”  “Minnie” (which means water) and “Waukan” (which means spirit), or Spirit Lake.  The name has been misinterpreted by white people centuries ago.  When the whites … Continue reading

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Rationally Grounded????

sophistic adjective  Definition:   1. clever-sounding but flawed: clever-sounding and plausible but based on shallow or dishonest thinking or flawed logic [Mid-16th century. Via Latin sophisticus < Greek sophistikos < sophos "skilled in a craft, clever, wise"]

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Greatest Historian???

Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen (30 November 1817–1 November 1903) was a German classical scholar and historian, generally regarded as the greatest classicist of the 19th century. His work regarding Roman history is still of fundamental importance for contemporary research. He … Continue reading

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The Height of the Roman Republic

The Roman Republic In 140 B.C. For a whole generation after the battle of Pydna the Roman state enjoyed a profound calm, scarcely troubled by a ripple here and there on the surface. Its dominion extended over three continents; the … Continue reading

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When is the Winner Also a Loser?

Pyrrhic victory noun  Definition:   bitter victory: a victory won at such great cost to the victor that it is tantamount to a defeat [Late 19th century. < Pyrrhus]

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Neat Words

brinkmanship noun  Definition:   strategic risk-taking: the practice, especially in international relations, of taking a dispute to the verge of conflict in the hope of forcing the opposition to make concessions

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