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Helian Bobo, the Turbulent Xiongnu Emperor Who Demanded Invulnerable Armor and Arrows that Could Pierce It from His Blacksmiths

The description left by the chroniclers says he was very tall (over two meters), strong, handsome, intelligent, ingenious, eloquent… but also arrogant, violent, ungrateful, cruel, and despotic. Such is the portrait that has come down to us of Helian Bobo, also known as Wulie of Xia, the Xiongnu emperor who proclaimed himself a descendant of […]

Posted inAge of Exploration

Pier Gerlofs Donia, the Giant Peasant Who Fought Against Dutch and Germans in Frisia

If someone visits the Fries Museum in the town of Leuvarden, in the Netherlands, they will see among the exhibits a zweihänder (also called biedenhänder). This is a type of enormous sword, typical of the Modern Age, with a long handle and crossguards suitable for inevitable two-handed use. According to tradition, this weapon belonged to […]

Posted inIron Age Archaeology

Surprising Burial of 28 Horses that Died in a Battle of the Gallic Wars Forgotten by History is Found

The excavation of 1.3 hectares, located on the slope of a valley in Villedieu-sur-Indre in the center of France, has revealed a site dated to the late 5th and early 6th centuries. Numerous buildings, pits, ditches, and a high medieval road have been unearthed. In addition to the medieval occupation, nine pits containing horses have […]

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Archaeologists Find First Evidence Egyptians had Military Casualties Taken from Battlefield to their Place of Origin

A team of researchers has determined the weapon that caused the death of three Egyptian soldiers at the beginning of the Eighteenth Dynasty, around 1500 B.C., during the expansion of the Egyptian empire. This discovery has allowed for the establishment of possible scenarios in which these aggressions occurred. The research, led by the University of […]

Posted inAncient Greece

Lamian War, the Conflict that Marked the End of Athens’ Independence and the Decline of Greek City-States

322 B.C. was one of the most disastrous years in the history of Athens, if not the worst. Two of its most distinguished sons, the philosophers Demosthenes and Hyperides, died within a week, and thousands of Athenians followed them to that tragic fate due to a severe famine. Eleven thousand others were stripped of their […]

Posted inMiddle Ages

The Turbulent Life of Andronicus I Comnenus, who Managed to Become Emperor by Escaping after 12 Years in Captivity

It’s tough to imagine a life more turbulent and extravagant than that of Andronicus Comnenus, Byzantine emperor and the last of his dynasty. Charismatic, contradictory, lover of worldly pleasures, expert military man, his strong character and lack of scruples led him to experience extreme situations, including twelve years of captivity, numerous military campaigns, scandalous love […]

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Lelantine War, the First Conflict Involving Greek Cities that no One won and whose Existence is Disputed

In ancient Greece, between 710 and 650 BC, a significant military conflict known as the Lelantine War took place. The main players were the city-states of Chalcis and Eretria, located on the island of Euboea. According to ancient sources, the initial cause of the conflict was a dispute over control of the fertile Lelantine Plain, […]