Senate of Rome

I know that it may be just a detail but whenever I see depictions of the Roman Senate in session (in movies, paintings etc) senators are seated in a semicircular fashion around an open space where the speaker stands and addresses the Senate. Uhm… Sorry. That’s actually wrong. Senators’ seats -at least since J.Caesar’s time- were arranged in straight and parallel lines on either side … Continue reading Senate of Rome

General Patton: Decision-making and Leadership

‘A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later’ I consider him to be one of the top 5 field commanders in the history of the United States Army and definitely their most successful combat General. You would always see him where fighting was fiercest, carrying his trademark ivory-handled revolver on his hips (yep, that was his … Continue reading General Patton: Decision-making and Leadership

Spartan army in retreat because of women? [The Telesilla incident]

Back in the summer of 495 B.C a victorious Spartan army marches against the defenseless city of Argos. A few hours earlier that army annihilated the army of Argos. Now, the Spartan king Kleomenes leads his hoplites against the city which is empty of troops. They think it’s all over. It was. The army of Argos was wiped out. The Spartans; they just have to … Continue reading Spartan army in retreat because of women? [The Telesilla incident]