Category Archives: Arabian Horizon

M for Marcus

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Applying the Sagan Standard to Roman History means: Extraordinary Roman Narratives require Extraordinary Roman Evidence. The Sagan standard is an aphorism that asserts that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence“. Advertisements

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Amphitheatre of Serdica

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This summer serendipity sends Malaga Bay to Bulgaria. Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, … Continue reading

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The Late Paleocene Event

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The most telling aspect of the Late Paleocene Event is the divergent data. The ooze on the Shatsky Rise at ≈ 32° North has an outlier δ18O high spike. The ooze on the Maud Rise at ≈ 66° South has … Continue reading

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Late Paleocene Thermal Minimum

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If you’ve ever felt the Earth Sciences are rather special then you’ve arrived at the right place. On the other hand: If you believe the Earth Sciences are entirely based upon robust science then you’ve arrived at the wrong place … Continue reading

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Heinsohn Horizon: Middle-Earth

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In the realm of British Medieval History the boundary between fact and fiction is indistinct and it should be no surprise that C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien are [both] “best known” for their works of fantasy fiction. … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Carthage Connection

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Occasionally, it’s helpful to combine a series of posts into a single document for off-line perusal.

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Enigmatic Egypt: Roman Ruination – Red Sea Hills

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The Roman narrative for Egypt includes the quarrying of monumental hard stones and the mining of gold, emeralds and amethyst in the Red Sea Hills of the Eastern Desert that separates the Nile from the Red Sea. To the east … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Vanished Visigoths

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At the beginning of the 5th century many migrants are said to have arrived in Iberia. The Visigoths, Suebi, Vandals and Alans arrived in Spain by crossing the Pyrenees mountain range, leading to the establishment of the Suebi Kingdom in … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Italic Iberians

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The academic assertion that Spanish is a Latin Language is the equivalent to asserting the title of Shakespeare’s Macbeth should be called MacDuff because Lady Macduff makes a brief appearance towards the end of the play. Lady Macduff is a … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Purged Punic

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The Phoenicians [like the Greeks] have been written out of the Spanish linguistic narrative. They say that history is written by the conquerors, but this wasn’t the case for the Phoenicians. That is probably because, although they settled in the … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Ionian Iberians

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The linguistic narrative for Iberia begins with isolated Iberians idly talking amongst themselves. According to this narrative the literary abilities of the Iberians hadn’t advanced beyond writing “the names of their dead on gravestones” when the Romans arrived in 218 … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Egypt: Roman Ruination – Desert

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The academic consensus is that North Africa became “much drier” about 5,000 years ago. The Neolithic Subpluvial, or the Holocene Wet Phase, was an extended period (from about 7500–7000 BCE to about 3500–3000 BCE) of wet and rainy conditions in … Continue reading

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Roman Chronology: The Etruscan Mystery

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One enduring mystery is the extinction of the Etruscan language in 50 AD. The Etruscan language was the spoken and written language of the Etruscan civilization, in Italy, in the ancient region of Etruria (modern Tuscany plus western Umbria and … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Egypt: Roman Ruination – Nile Valley

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When it comes to ancient monuments: Rome beats Cairo by 8 to 3 Egyptian obelisks. But when it comes to burying Roman ruins: Cairo beats Rome by 66 to 15 feet deep. In Roman Egypt, Heliopolis belonged to the province … Continue reading

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Roman Chronology: Credibility Gap

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The chronology of the Roman Empire is built directly upon the very shaky foundations of the Crisis of the Roman Republic which may [or may not] have lasted from 134 to 27 BC. Unfortunately, the academics can’t agree upon whether … Continue reading

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Roman Chronology: Legendary Legions

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The Roman Legions have fired the imaginations of many generations of people. A Roman legion was a large unit of the Roman army. … For most of the Roman Imperial period, the legions formed the Roman army’s elite heavy infantry, … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Egypt: Roman Ruination – Nile Delta

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One of the many enigmas confronting gradualist academics is Roman Egypt. On the one hand: The history of Graeco-Roman Egypt makes many Western academics dewy-eyed. https://archive.org/stream/ldpd_8542907_000#page/n27/mode/1up Alexandria was founded around a small, ancient Egyptian town c. 332 BC by Alexander … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Egypt: Myths and Monsters

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The carefully crafted deep safe space created by anxious academics is designed to distance these terrified titans of thought from calamitous catastrophes and creepy creatures. The beastly Basilosaurus has been banished to “30 to 40 million years ago”. Basilosaurus (“king … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Egypt: The Promised Land

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Whilst wandering through the parched academic desert that smothers the Levant it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that Egypt is the Promised Land where the Settled Science flows so freely it’s difficult to find the insights amongst all the academic … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Egypt: The Walrus and the Carpenter

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The realm of Geological Time has [at least] a couple of confounding countenances. On the one hand: Since the end of the Cretaceous Period 66 million years ago the serenely sluggish sea has carved out the Strait of Dover to … Continue reading

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