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Antiquity, Architecture, Art, Art History, Assyriology, Atlases, Cartography, Diplomacy, Egyptology, History, LaTeX, Linguistics, Literature, Mythology, Paintings, Philosophy, Politics, Proto-Indo-European, Sculpture, and many other things.
Myths about myths
- Pluto is the Roman equivalent of Hades -- in fact, Dis is the Roman Hades, while Ploutos (Πλοῦτος) was a minor Greek deity.
- Apollo is the Greek sun god -- actually, Helios was the personification and god of the sun. Apollo and Helios were separate deities, and there was no syncretism before the Hellenistic era.
- Pythia: The usual theory has been that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock, and that she spoke gibberish which priests interpreted as the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature. -- apart from a lack of evidence in classical sources (according to scholars such as Fontenrose, the classical sources actually pointed towards the contrary: the Pythia spoke directly with the visitors in a plain, direct, and completely intelligible prose), it is very unlikely there was a constant flow of volcanic gases for a few hundred years, which left all priests and visitors unaffected, only inducing one single person (the Pythia) in a frenzied state, without poisoning her lethally.
- Child sacrifice occurred frequently in ancient Carthage, to please their gods -- this is probably a combination of Roman propaganda, some misunderstanding, and a good bit of Orientalism. Infant mortality was very high in every ancient civilization and society, and cremation was common in ancient Rome, Greece, and also in Carthage. Stillborns (both fetuses and dead newborns) and children who died at a very young age (from sickness and other natural causes) were cremated and buried close to the temple of Tanit in Carthage. Throwing many living children in a blazing fire within a large, bronze statue of Moloch (as featured in Cabiria) is complete nonsense. Besides, Polybius, eyewitness to the Sack of Carthage in 146 BC, didn't mention any child sacrifice.
Fruits and vegetables
Tomatoes (a.k.a. pomodori or "golden apples"), bell peppers, aubergines (i.e. eggplants), courgettes (i.e. zucchini), cucumbers, pumpkins, marrows, and other squashes are fruits, not vegetables. Mushrooms and fungi aren't vegetables either. On the other hand, carrots and rhubarb are vegetables, not fruits. Furthermore, peanuts are not nuts.
If you know of any kind of fruit more delicious than a pomegranate, please contact me (and if you never ate a pomegranate, please don't contact me).
I can imagine why Persephone ate a little bit of a pomegranate when she was with Hades. Pomegranate is even more delicious than fresh dates, watermelons, grapes, olives, figs, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cantaloupes, or any other kind of fruit I ever tasted.
Just a small selection of paintings you'll probably recognize immediately.
Good article nominations
- Talk:Increase Sumner/GA1: passed on March 25, 2013
- Talk:Casper Shafer/GA1: passed on March 15, 2013
- Talk:Thomas Traherne/GA1: passed on March 17, 2013
- Talk:The Firebrand/GA1: passed on March 23, 2013
- Joseph Fontenrose (1978) The Delphic Oracle