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04 Oct 09
Spartans! Prepare for, well, embarrassment. It seems that far from being elite, noble warriors, each worth 1,000 of any rival soldiers, King Leonidas' crack troops were a bunch of bullying thugs. And Alexander the Great? A mummy's boy: in fact, his mum was a better fighter by a long chalk and died a soldier's death on the battlefield.
They and other figures from antiquity are to have their reputations shattered by a new British study which reveals the "truth" behind long-established legends. Michael Scott, a classicist at Cambridge University, points to evidence that could change the way we think about our classical heroes.
Originally posted by threekings
It's amazing how people thing history is so concrete, almost as if there has been no corruption during the time of its recording or anytime since then as well.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by Aquarius1
That Mommy's boy still conquered the known world.
Originally posted by Frogs
Granted Philip built the Macedonian army and did do great things. But it can't be denied that after Philip he took the army into Asia, destroyed the Persian Empire and conquered lands as far as India. Its not really a small feat - even if he did like to write home to mum.