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MAD KINGS AND MACCABEES: THE STORY BEHIND THE FIRST HANUKKAH

In the 2nd century BC a “mad king” threatened to extinguish the Jewish religion and obliterate the Jew’s unique identity. A champion arose, David-like to challenge the Seleucid Goliath and defend his people: Judah Maccabee, “The Hammer”! His struggle freed … Continue reading

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SPARTANS, ELITE WARRIORS OF ANCIENT GREECE 5: BRASIDAS’ MACEDONIAN CAMPAIGN

“For the Spartans, it wasn’t walls or magnificent public buildings that made a city; it was their own ideals. In essence, Sparta was a city of the head and the heart. And it existed in its purest form in the … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF ARTHUR, PART ELEVEN: CERDIC THE SAXON

Unique among the territories of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, Britain succeeded in holding back and even reversing the tide of Germanic conquest for nearly two centuries. This was an age of heroes… It was the Age … Continue reading

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ENGLAND IS BORN AT BLOODY BRUNANBURH!

The Battle of Brunanburh in 937 is mostly forgotten today, but it is a battle that deserves to be remembered. For it was the largest and bloodiest battle fought in Anglo-Saxon England prior to Hastings (and likely surpassing that later … Continue reading

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SLAUGHTER IN THE MUD: AGINCOURT, 1415!

Henry V leads the original “Band of Brothers” to a bloody triumph against all odds on Saint Crispin’s Day, 1415 “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; … Continue reading

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TERROR IN THE TEUTOBURG FOREST!

Roman expansion into Germany is halted forever by Varus’ defeat in  one of history’s most decisive battles.  At the beginning of the first century of the Common Era Germany seemed on the verge of conquest by the Roman Empire. As … Continue reading

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SPARTANS: ELITE WARRIORS OF ANCIENT GREECE 4: DISGRACE AT SPHACTERIA ISLAND

“For the Spartans, it wasn’t walls or magnificent public buildings that made a city; it was their own ideals. In essence, Sparta was a city of the head and the heart. And it existed in its purest form in the … Continue reading

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