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glamourweaver:

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jeneelestrange:

incorrectdiscworldquotes:

tilthat:

TIL of the “Tiffany Problem”. Tiffany is a medieval name—short for Theophania—from the 12th century. Authors can’t use it in historical or fantasy fiction,

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did-you-kno:

Mary Somerville is the reason for the word ‘scientist.’ A self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, she was a master of connecting the physical sciences. In 1834, she’d impressed a historian who found himself unable to publicly praise her because the only common description for that sort of scholar was ‘man of science.’ He then coined the term ‘scientist’- but it wasn’t intended to be a gender-neutral noun,

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calamitouserebus:

writing-prompt-s:

You’re teleported to 44 BCE Rome in your everyday street clothes. You’re brought before Caesar and he believes you might be from the future, hoping to bring him fortune. One day he questions you, asking “How Do I Die?”

“Surrounded by friends”

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Did Columbus prove the Earth was round?

Washington Irving’s ‘A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus’ popularised the idea that before Columbus everyone in Europe thought the Earth was flat. Irving’s account however was almost entirely fiction – he wanted to portray his hero, Columbus, as being a visionary who was rebelling against the authority of the Catholic Church,

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Is the answer History?

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americangods-gumption:

How historically accurate is this passage from the book?

Get the book!

It’s a good book.  But to attempt to answer the question, I believe it’s pretty much accepted that the Vikings and Polynesians both were in North America long before Columbus stumbled upon it,

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My nephew apparently got told off by his teacher for pointing out that the Vikings indeed were the first Europeans to land in America, centuries before Columbus did (and if they were talking about who discovered it, well there were people already there long before even the Vikings arrived).  But honestly,

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Some Greek pottery depicting Amazons and other warriors.  Interesting fact about Amazons is that in the myths they cut off their right breast to make it easier to draw bows (in reality most women can draw a bow just fine without the need to mutilate themselves), but in Greek art and pottery they were usually shown with both breasts.

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cheapcakeripper:

Worst day of king Aelle’s life aka why there’s no battle in 4×18.

According to the sagas, the ‘great heathen army’ didn’t defeat Aelle when it arrived.  They agreed to a truce in which Ivar the Boneless asked for as much land as he could cover in an Ox’s hide in exchange for not attacking. 

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Still playing Titan Quest, and I suppose I shouldn’t worry too much about historical accuracy in this game.  After all, this is a version of the ancient world where The Gods and Heroes and Satyrs and Harpies are all very real and physically present in the world.

Also,

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