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Why are ultraconservatives called Bourbons?

December 6, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

The Bourbons were a royal family who ruled France from 1589 to 1848, with interruptions caused by the French Revolution and the Napoleonic regime. Members of the Bourbon family also ruled for centuries in Naples, Parma and Spain. The family was first heard of in the ninth century when its head, Baron Aimar, was lord …

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What great orator put pebbles in his mouth?

December 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

When the ancient Athenian orator Demosthenes (384?-322 B.C.) was a young man he had a frail body, weak lungs and a shrill voice. Plutarch tells us that Demosthenes “had a weakness and a stammering in his voice, and a want of breath, which caused such a distraction in his discourse, that it was difficult for …

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Who was the Laughing Philosopher?

December 2, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

Democritus (46o?-362? B.C.), a Greek thinker in the time of Socrates, was known as the “Laughing Philosopher.” Just why he was so called is not known for certain. His moral philosophy was very stern and taught the absolute subjection of all passions. According to a legend, probably unfounded, Democritus put out his own eyes so …

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What is a berserker rage?

December 1, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

In Norse mythology Berserk was the nickname of the grandson of the eight-handed Starkadder. He always went into battle without armor and was famed for the reckless fury with which he fought. Berserk in old Scandinavian probably meant “bare-shirt,” that is, one clothed only in his shirt and not protected by armor or heavier clothing. …

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