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  • Ancient Rome - 1,379 words
    Bloody confusion reigned until a group of Persian aristocrats put forward one of their own members, Darius Hystaspes, to bring order to the realm. After securing order within the Persian ranks Darius then looked to the various subject peoples, many of whom were also in revolt. He brilliantly, relentlessly and ruthlessly forced them back under Persian dominion: Babylonians, Medes, Assyrians, Armenians, Lydians, Egyptians, etc. Then he set himself to the task of bring a peaceful order to the empire that the Western world had not seen prior to his days. Having reestablished the Persian empire, he then proceeded to extend its boundaries eastward across Afghanistan and down into the Indus River v ...
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  • Lynchings In America - 837 words
    Recently, an L.A. Times article (dated 2/13/00) reviewed a new book entitled "Without Sanctuary", a collection of photographs from lynchings throughout America. During the course of the article, the author, Benjamin Schwarz, outlined some very interesting and disturbing facts related to this gruesome act of violence: Between 1882 and 1930, more than 3,000 people were lynched in the U.S., with approximately 80% of them taking place in the South. Though most people think only African Americans were victims of lynchings, during those years, about 25% were white. Data indicates that mobs in the West lynched 447 whites and 38 blacks; in the Midwest there were 181 white victims and 79 black; and i ...
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  • Ayasofya - 4,943 words
    ... misphere set on the larger circle is intersected by vertical planes rising from the sides of the square, forming four arches. A horizontal plane is then passed through the hemisphere at the tops of these arches, providing a ring on which is built the dome, which has a diameter equal to the circle inscribed within the square. The pendentives are spherical triangles, the remaining portions of the first, or outer, hemisphere. At Hagia Sophia, two opposing arches on the central square open into semidomes, each pierced by three smaller radial semidomes, forming an oblong volume 31 m (100 ft) wide by 80 m (260 ft) long. The central dome rises out of this series of smaller spherical surfaces. A ...
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  • Bankruptcy - 1,027 words
    Bankruptcy law provides for the development of a plan that allows a debtor, who is unable to pay his creditors, to resolve his debts through the division of his assets among his creditors. This supervised division also allows the interests of all creditors to be treated with some measure of equality. Certain bankruptcy proceedings allow a debtor to stay in business using revenue that continues to be generated to resolve his debts. An additional purpose of bankruptcy law is to allow certain debtors to free themselves (to be discharged) of the financial obligations they have accumulated, after their assets are distributed, even if their debts have not been paid in full. Bankruptcy law is feder ...
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  • Evolution Of British Literature - 1,677 words
    The historical events and mentality of a time period are a major influence on the context and style of that particular times literature. British Literature experienced many metamorphoses through the years 449-1660. The literature traveled through four distinct periods. Beginning with the Anglo-Saxons moving through the medieval and Renaissance periods and ending with the writings of the 17th century. The Anglo-Saxons were the beginning of British Literature. The Anglo-Saxons began the year 440 by advancing on what is today England. The Angles and the Saxons were known as ferocious, they didnt wage war on the British heartland out of mere spite. They conquered and won over territory enabling ...
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  • The Effects Of Romes Expansion - 2,535 words
    ... d done, Antony kept the senators from repealing any of Caesars laws. In addition, he made the senators approve several other laws that Caesar had only recently proposed. Then, on the day of Caesars funeral, standing before a huge crowd that had come to see the dead leaders body, Antony delivered a stirring speech. Sixteen centuries later the English playwright William Shakespeare would give Antony the immortal opening words, Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me youre ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The wily Antony not only ended up praising Caesar but also revealed to the crowd the contents of Caesars will. The dictator had left his private gardens as a public park and al ...
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  • Caligula - 1,135 words
    As most of the emperors of ancient Rome were given different names then the names they had at birth Caligula was no different. Caligula's real name was Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus and he was born at Antium, 25 miles from Rome, in 12 AD Gaius was a turning point in the history of the Principate, but he also was the one emperor from the Julio-Claudian dynasty who was very poorly documented. (Bibliography # 2). Gaius was born on August 31, 12 AD to Germanicus; Augustus' adopted grandson, and Agrippina Senior, Augustus' granddaughter. Gaius was the third of six children, the youngest son, and accompanied his parents on many military campaigns. As a baby his parents would dress him up in a m ...
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  • The Heroic Ideal - 1,948 words
    Heroic qualities have always been debatable but historians tend to agree that the qualities of a hero are a reflection of the values of the society. Augustus and Beowulf are two individuals revered as heroes during their own time. Both sustained their share of criticism but still managed to come out on top. Augustus was responsible for uniting Rome and creating a society that influenced every single society that followed. Beowulfs success was in keeping the peace for the Geats with the surrounding kingdoms. Through comparing the ideals and values of Rome in the first century and Britain in the eighth, a definite parallel can be drawn connecting these values with how the people viewed the her ...
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  • Roman History - 1,925 words
    Italy is a peninsula jutting out into the Medditerranean sea west of Greece. Italy has poor mineral resources and very few useful harbors, however it is wealty in both fertile land and precipitation. Three - quarters of the peninsula is covered in foothills and mountains. The alps, a mountian range to the north of Italy, cut off the peninsulas only land connection, which resulted, in the times of Ancient Rome, in the people The Etruscans were mysterious people who settled on the Italian Peninsula somewhere between 900 and 800 BC. No one is really certain about their origin, however archaeologists suspect that they came from the eastern Medditerannean. The Etruscans ruled in north-eastern Ita ...
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  • Knights - 1,147 words
    What come to mind when you hear the word knight? You are probably thinking of a book that you read when you were younger and saw someone in shining armor, fighting a dragon and rescuing ladies in distress. But actually these are myths about the knight. They never fought dragons or rescued ladies in distress. They did however fight battles and wars. A knight was someone who was given land by a lord in exchange for military service in the lords army and any money that he might earn off his new land. The life of a knight was nothing more than training and being prepared to serve his lord. They had other responsibilities other than military service. They often helped guard the lords castle, serv ...
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  • Torture - 1,831 words
    Torture is defines as the intentional use of physical or physiological pain to gain advantage over an individual. Torture has been around since the times of Ancient Greece and is still around today. Punishments arent near as harsh as they used to be back in medieval times. (1) The only punishments we have now are jails, the punishments there were in medieval times were numerous and downright inhuman. Torture would keep criminal from doing something wrong again, assuming he lived through the torture. The punishments we have today are laughable and dumb. Medieval torture was a good way to extract confession, obtain information and intimidate others in to co-operating and or confessing. The met ...
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  • Renaissance - 364 words
    Renaissance was more than just a time period, it was a state of mind. No longer did the world think in turns of conquering, power, and the catholic church. It was a time of change politically, socially, economically, and culturally. The arts were explored, and the minds of many were expanded. The boundaries of mankind have been stretched and it was for the good. The ways of Middle Ages were replaced. The medieval scholars debated the nature of life after death. Renaissance thinkers wanted to know about now. The Renaissance began in Italy in the mid 1300s. There are many reasons for this. Italy was the center of ancient Rome which at this time was thought to be great and there was a reawakene ...
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  • Olimpic Games - 1,152 words
    No one can say when sports began. Since it is difficult to imagine a time when children did not spontaneously run races or wrestle, it is clear that children have always included sports in their play, but one can only speculate about the emergence of sports as autotelic physical contests for adults. Some historians see modern sport as distinctive in its secularism and its concern with quantification and records, but others see ancient and modern sport as part of a continuum, an enduring heritage. Whether sport is modern or timeless, great athletes have always understood effort and agony. The great place in the sport competitions took the Olympic Games (Vinnichuk 217). According to mythology ...
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  • Gladiatorial Gamesif I Was There - 1,090 words
    During my recent travels through Rome, I decided to take in some of the Roman entertainment. I figured a gladiatorial show was the perfect place to do this since public slaughter is an important part of Roman culture. I heard about these gruesome shows the people put on in the Colosseum, which was originally Flavian Amphitheater. I had ideas about gladiators and the shows they put on, but I never, ever imagined the details of that life After talking to some of the locals, I was able to broaden my perspective on these games. In Latin, the name swordsman does not do justice to the life of that professional combatant. The first gladiators were part of a sacrificial rite adopted from the Etrusca ...
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  • Rome - 781 words
    There are many ways in which Rome was a sophisticated society. Many civilizations and even today we use the Roman Government as a benchmark for our society. The Romans were a very clean people; they had Thermae or the public baths, as we know them. They went to the baths for entertainment, healing in the case of some baths, or just to get clean. There were 170 baths in Rome during the reign of Augustus and by 300 A.D that number had increased to over 900 baths. The baths were huge buildings built at public expense or by rich emperors who wished to impress their subjects. Sometimes rich Romans who were trying to gain popularity paid entry for a whole day for anyone wishing to visit the baths. ...
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  • Romans Are Warlike People - 1,131 words
    In many modern books written about Ancient Rome and its people, The Romans are often portrayed as brutal and unforgiving people who enjoy violence and though it is amusing to see people being injured and killed to the point of obsession. It is my goal to establish wheather this classification is justified or if it is simply an exaggeration of what a While it is known that in Rome there were gladiator fights, public beatings and slavery was legal and common. It is also important to understand just how advanced the Romans were. The Longman Dictonary of the English Language Defines civilized as of or being peoples of a nation in a state of civilization. I think that by this definition, the Roma ...
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  • Fall Of Roman Empire - 1,114 words
    An essay on the effect of acqueducts in ancient Rome A basic fact of life: humans need water to survive. Therefore, it is not surprising that water has played an important role in history. All of the ancient civilizations, including Rome, had to deal with the problem of a steady water supply. Romes solutions had both positive and negative results. At first glance, one would think that Roae would have no problem supplying water to her people. After all, the city was built on a river. Why would water have to be brought into the city? There were several reasons: first of all, river water is not known for its cleanliness. It may do for irrigation, but not for drinking. Drinking water would eithe ...
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  • Serial Killers - 1,952 words
    In 1984, International Association of Forensic Sciences, FBI Special Agent Robert K Ressler and several of his colleagues produced a paper listing the following 'general characteristics" of serial sex murderers: They tend to be intelligent and have IQ's in the 'bright normal' range. In spite of their high IQ's, they do poorly in school, have a hard time holding down jobs, and often work as unskilled laborers. They tend to come from markedly unstable families. Typically, they are abandoned as children by their fathers and raised by domineering mothers. Their families often have past criminal, psychiatric, and alcoholic histories. They hate their fathers. They hate their mothers. They ar ...
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  • The Roman Rule - 352 words
    -------------------------------------------------- ---------------------- *Picture*For a complete visit of the magazine please use the general summary After the murder of Julius Caeser in 44BC, Sextus Pompeius, son of Ceaser's chief enemy, chose Sicily to organise a base for military resistence against Octavius, Mark Anthony and Lepidus who had formed a triumvirate and declared themselves Caesar's heirs. Sextus Pompeius had easily siezed Sicily with his army and fleet and now the island took on an important role in the conflict. A civil war broke out in Rome between the newly formed triumvirate on one side and Brutus and Cassius on the other. Both the latter had been the main architects of th ...
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  • Come To Rome - 301 words
    I am a local travel agent and guide in the great city of Rome, Italy. I am here today to tell you why someone like yourself should choose Rome for their next vacation. Besides its importance to Christianity, because of the Vatican and religious places, Rome is an open museum where works of art, remains, and monuments of past millenniums can be seen by all in the streets and plazas. The examples of the Classic and Medieval (Romanesque and Gothic) art are innumerable, as are those of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassic periods when the Pope's commissioned the greatest artists of all time. I would like to show you the different tours available at my resort if you choose to travel with Frye ...
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