Category Archives: Monthly Musings

The Battle of Thermopylae

The Battle of Thermopylae took place in 480 BC between the Spartan led Greek forces and the Persians. Despite the comparatively few losses of the Greeks in comparison with the Persians, the battle was ultimately a loss for the Greeks … Continue reading

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The Battle of Salamis

The Battle of Salamis in 480 BC marked the turning point towards Greek victory against Persia. Themistocles convinced both the Greeks and the Persians that Salamis was the best place for this battle. The Peloponnesians wanted to strengthen and defend … Continue reading

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Politics in Ancient Sparta

Many changes in Spartan politics have been attributed to Lykourgos. However as Plutarch writing in the 2nd century AD said, “nothing can be said about Lykourgos that is not disputed”. Historians question whether he was a real man, many men … Continue reading

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Anzac Day

Tomorrow is Anzac Day and over the past year I’ve learnt so much more about World War One and what happened as well as the stories of some of the individuals who served, so days like this have become meaningful … Continue reading

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Mutually Assured Destruction

The first atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima by the United States Military on the 6th of August 1945 had horific consequences. This point in time is considered the start of the Cold War Era. The United States had the technology … Continue reading

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Villa of the Papyri

In 79AD when Vesuvius erupted, the pyroclastic surges which covered Herculaneum in metres of solid rock made the area extremely difficult to excavate, but also preserved a wide range of organic materials (plant based objects) which helps historians and archaeologists … Continue reading

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The Eruption of Vesuvius

The eruption of Vesuvius is categorised into two phases – the Plinian and the Peléan. The first phase was named after Pliny the Younger who was the first to record the phenomenon. It began with an eruption of gas and … Continue reading

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