June 24, 217 BC | The Battle of Trasimene

June 24, 217 BC | The Battle of Trasimene

Or: The largest ambush in military history. Rome. The name conjures thoughts of hob-nailed caligae marching across Europe and the Mediterranean, as burly, lorica segmentata wrapped bundles of pure sexual civilization planted flags in anything that wasn’t theirs....
July 20th, 1866 | The Battle of Lissa

July 20th, 1866 | The Battle of Lissa

“Ramming Speed!” Ah, ancient times, you little fox, you. Galleys scudding across the open waves, dodging into combat, maneuvering, positioning, and then finally beating on that drum to encourage the oarsmen to “stoke the boiler” and bring those knots up: it’s ramming...
July 4th 1187 | The Battle of Hattin

July 4th 1187 | The Battle of Hattin

Battle of Hattin As discussed in our previous post about Outremer (http://www.historynaked.com/twists-turns-outremer/), Queen Sibylla pulled a fast one.  Her brother Baldwin IV was a leper, and his heir was her son by her first marriage, who became Baldwin V.  Little...
73 BC | The War of Spartacus

73 BC | The War of Spartacus

Can you talk about Spartacus while avoiding the whole subject of slavery? Maybe, maybe, but I do want to give a bit of a nod to “slavery” in ancient times, because it sets the stage upon which Spartacus and his rebellion was to emerge. But it also suits to...
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