How contemporary conflicts resemble the medieval wars in Scandinavian areas

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Republication from www.hf.uio.no ( University of Oslo)

“King Sverre’s march over the Vosse mountains” by Peter Nicolai Arbo (1862). Sverre was King of Norway from 1184 to 1202. Picture: Wikimedia Commons


There are many ways in which to understand the new wars of today. One way is to look at the wars that took place in medieval times.

Most wars since 1989 have not been fought between states. The divisions associated with classical types of warfare – between soldiers and civilians, soldiers and criminals, war and peace – are not that clear anymore. Such as the present situation in Afghanistan.

In recent years, there has been a major international discussion among political scientists and anthropologists about how to understand new types of wars that have arisen since the Cold War.

The classical understanding of the term “civil war” is often imprecise when wars are fought across national borders. Instead, the term “new wars” has become more common among many experts and researchers.


The Temple of Trajan on the Upper Acropolis of Pergamon

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Republication from followinghadrian.com

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the accession of Trajan to the imperial throne (28 January 98 AD). As a tribute, here is a selection of images from the Temple of Trajan at Pergamon, an ancient Greek city in Aeolis.

The Temple of Trajan (Trajaneum) was one of the most spectacular structures built on the upper acropolis of Pergamon. It is situated at the highest point of the acropolis and is the only building that is truly Roman. Its construction started around 114 AD during the reign of Trajan but was completed after his death during the rule of Hadrian. Both Emperors were worshipped here.


Αλέξανδρος ο Μέγας και η Αργεία καταγωγή του

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Αναδημοσίευση από Αργολική Αρχειακή Βιβλιοθήκη Ιστορίας & Πολιτισμού

Ο Αλέξανδρος Γ’ γεννήθηκε το 356 π.Χ στην Πέλλα, την πρωτεύουσα τότε του Μακεδονικού βασιλείου. Ήταν γιος του Μακεδόνα Φιλίππου Β και της Ολυμπιάδας, Πριγκίπισσας των Μολοσσών στην Ήπειρο. Πέθανε στην Βαβυλώνα, στο παλάτι του Ναβουχοδωνώσορα Β’ στις 13 Ιουνίου του 323 π.Χ., σε ηλικία ακριβώς 32 ετών και 8 μηνών. Βασιλιάς της Μακεδονίας, συνέχισε το έργο του πατέρα του, του Φιλίππου Β’. Ο Φίλιππος Β’ ήταν ιδιαίτερα ικανός στρατηγός, πολιτικός και διπλωμάτης, αναμορφωτής του μακεδονικού στρατού και του μακεδονικού κράτους.

Από τα πανάρχαια χρόνια, Αργείοι άποικοι είχαν εγκατασταθεί στη Μακεδονία και ιδρύσει μεγάλο και ισχυρό κράτος. Πολύ αργότερα ο Κάρανος, αδελφός του βασιλιά του Άργους Φείδωνος, από την γενιά των Ηρακλειδών, ήρθε κι αυτός στη Μακεδονία και ίδρυσε δικό του βασίλειο. «Την δε χώρα που εκτείνεται από την θάλασσα και που σήμερα καλείται Μακεδονία, κατέκτησαν αρχικά και βασίλευαν σ’ αυτήν ο πατέρας του Περδίκα Αλέξανδρος και οι πρόγονοί του Τημενίδαι, καταγόμενοι παλαιότατα από το Άργος, αφού πρώτα εξεδίωξαν με τα όπλα από μεν την Πιερία τους Πίερας…» [1]

«Η Πέλλα υπήρξε πρωτεύουσα του Αλεξάνδρου. Τούτο πρόπαππος επί Μαρδονίου υπήρξεν Αλέξανδρος ο Αμύντου, του δε Αλεξάνδρου τούτου έβδομος πρόπαππος υπήρξεν Περδίκκας Τημενίδης, ελθών εξ’ Άργους εις την άνω Μακεδονίαν» [2]


Constructional plan of Persepolis’ palaces area

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A constructional plan of Persepolis’ palaces area. Persepolis was one of the four capital cities of the Achaemenid Persian Empire.
Also a modern restoration of a


Georadar detects a Viking ship in in Østfold County, Norway

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Republication from Niku


Archaeologists armed with a motorized high resolution georadar have found a Viking ship and a large number of burial mounds and longhouses in Østfold County in Norway.

Press release: 

The discoveries were made by archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) with technology developed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (LBI ArchPro).

– We are certain that there is a ship there, but how much is preserved is hard to say before further investigation”, says Morten Hanisch, county conservator in Østfold.

– This find is incredibly exciting as we only know three well-preserved Viking ship finds in Norway excavated long time ago. This new ship will certainly be of great historical significance as it can be investigated with all modern means of archaeology”, says Dr. Knut Paasche, Head of the Department of Digital Archaeology at NIKU, and an expert on Viking ships.


The Growth of the Swedish empire

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This is an interesting map on the Growth of the Swedish empire in 1560-1660. Acquisitions are noted in accordance with the reigns of the respective Swedish kings. Note that in 1560 the Kingdom of Sweden had already

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