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Crusader Military engineering: The Templar Fortress of Tartous

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6546549Plan of Tartous citadel and fortified city.

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Although largely famous today for its role as a Templar fortress during the time of the Crusades, the site had been equally renowned in antiquity for its strategic and military importance. Tartous was originally founded by the Phoenicians to complement the more secure but the less accessible settlement on the island of Arwad. For a long time it served a secondary role to Arwad, itself a major centre in Seleucid and Roman times. As a matter fact its classical name of Ataradus (meaning ‘anti-Aradus’ or ‘the town facing Aradus’ or Arwad) reflected this secondary role.

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Αρθρο Τούρκου δημοσιογράφου στην εφημερίδα Sabah για την Αλωση της Πολης (1453)

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Τορκος  δημοσιογράφος:  “Κάθε  χρόνο  τέτοια  ποχή,  µέ  τς  γιορτς  πού  κάνετε,  διακηρύσσετε  τι:  «ατ  τ  μέρη  δν  ταν  δικ  µας,  ρθαµε  κ  τν  στέρων  κα  τ  πήραμε  µ  τ  βία».  Μήπως  στ  ποσυνείδητό  σας  πάρχει    φόβος  τι    Πόλη  κάποια  µέρα  θ  δοθε  πίσω;”

Μ  να  ντυπωσιακ  ελικρινς  ρθρο,  πο  δημοσιεύτηκε  το  2009  στν  γκυρη  φημερίδα  SABAH,  π  τν  Engin  Ardic,  γνωστ  συγγραφέα  κα  δημοσιογράφο  στν  Τουρκία  στηλιτεύεται    Τουρκικς  τρόπος  ορτασμο  τς  πτώσης  της  Κωνσταντινούπολης  στς  29  Μαΐου.  Στ  ν  λόγω  ρθρο    συγγραφέας  παρουσιάζει  µια  σειρ  π  λήθειες  γι  τς  ποες  τ  Κεµαλικ  καθεστς  δ  κα  δεκαετίες  προσπαθε  ν  καταπνίξει.  ξίζει  ν  παρατεθε  μεταφρασμένο  τ  πλρες  κείμενο,  π  τν  συγκεκριμένη  διεύθυνση  τς  Τουρκικς  φημερίδας  Sabah  τ  ποο  χει  ς  ξς:

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War was central to Europe’s first civilisation (Minoan)- contrary to popular belief

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A collection of bronze swords and daggers from the Arkalochori Cave, Crete, belonging to the Late Minoan Era (1700-1450 BC) before the Mycenaean conquest of Knossos (c.1450). (Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete).


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Admixture history and recent southern origins of Siberian populations

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Republication from BioRxiv

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Fig.1. Admixture results for K=6 showing the approximate location of the populations  included in this study. The names of the populations are coloured according to their
linguistic affiliation as follows: red = Mongolic, blue = Turkic, dark green = North
Tungusic, light green = South Tungusic (Hezhen) and Manchu (Xibo), brown = Ugric,
orange = Samoyedic, black = Yenisseic, azure = Yukaghirs, maroon = Chukotko-
Kamchatkan, pink = Eskimo-Aleut, purple = Indo-European, teal = Sino-Tibetan and
Japonic. Where two subgroups are from the same geographic location, only one of the subgroups is shown (full results are presented in Fig.S1). Note that for reasons of space the location of the two distinct Yakut subgroups does not correspond to their true location. Each color indicates a different ancestry component referred to in the text as “(light) green” or European, “yellow” or Western Siberian, “blue” or Central Siberian, “pink” or Asian,  “red” or Far Eastern, “dark green” or Eskimo.

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Irina Pugach, Rostislav Matveev, Viktor Spitsyn, Sergey Makarov, Innokentiy Novgorodov, Vladimir Osakovsky, Mark Stoneking, Brigitte Pakendorf

Goths vs. Greeks: Epic Ancient Battle Revealed

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Another  Thermopylae[artwork by Igor Dzis]

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Republication from Live Science

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By Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor

Fragments of an ancient Greek text telling of an invasion of Greece by the Goths during the third century A.D. have been discovered in the Austrian National Library. The text includes a battle fought at the pass of Thermopylae.

Researchers used spectral imaging to enhance the fragments, making it possible to read them. The analysis suggests the fragments were copied in the 11th century A.D. and are from a text that was written in the third-century A.D. by an Athens writer named Dexippus.  During Dexippus’ life, Greece (part of the Roman Empire) and Rome struggled to repel a series of Gothic invasions.

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French Military Architecture in Malta

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Militaryarchitecture.com presents the first in an exclusive series of lectures by Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri on Military Architecture and Fortification.

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