Ancient History

Psych Warfare: Trick or Treat – The Strange Tale of Ghost Tape No. 10

Psychological propaganda used in war is as old as war itself. Psyching out the enemy in order to demoralize him is a handy way to pave the way for an easier victory. A wise commander will attempt to minimize the other side’s psych warfare and maximize one’s own efforts. One example I thought of off […]

A Just War in the Modern Age

Judge Andrew Napolitano, a libertarian with a show on FOX has written an interesting piece on What is a Just War. The Judge sites St. Thomas Aquinas as the modern articulator of the Just War Theory although it was Augustine way back in the 5th Century A.D. who first postulated it. It’s hardly surprising that Augustine would give […]

A Centurion Goes Down Fighting

First Legion, 60mm Roman Centurion To the left is a picture from the First Legion website of the latest addition to my miniatures collection. It was a Christmas gift my son and daughter-in-law. My other Roman figures from the period represented are from King and Country and they are fine figures, but frankly this Centurion […]

Christmas, History, Belief

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the […]

Philistinus (Palestine)

Q. Who was Israel’s most persistent enemy? A. The Philistines Every Sunday School child is familiar with David and Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior who David slew with a stone from a sling. Many more are familiar with Samson who killed a 1000 Philistines with the jaw bone of an ass. Still others remember the […]

Athens, Marathon and Legacy

The Battle of Marathon was fought in 490 B.C. between the Greek city-state of Athens aided by the smaller city-state of Plataea and Achaemenid Persia Empire (modern-day Iran and surrounding areas). The Achaemenid King Darius sought to punish Athens because Athens had aided in a revolt of the Ionian Greek cities in Asia. Darius I, […]

Jerusalem-A Battlefield for Centuries

Here’s an interesting link about a Christian artifact found in Jerusalem. It dates to the Byzantine era. The Byzantines (or “Rum” meaning Roman as they called themselves) held Palestine and Jerusalem until 614 A.D. when it fell to the Sassanid Persians.  The Persians (modern Iran) were not Moslems at this time. They practiced a religion […]

Iran and Israel circa 500 B.C.

Modern day Iran is Persian, not Arab as many Americans seem to think. Most people do not know that Persia (modern Iran) was not always Moslem and not always ruled by the current crop of religious fanatics. Persia has one interesting history!  Alexander the Great, prophesied in the Bible (not by name, Dan. 8:20-21) toppled a number of nations […]

Ottomans Revived?

Every now and then I check in with Pravda. Pravda is Russia’s national newspaper and there is a link of Drudge to it. I remember Pravda from back in the day of the Soviet Union when it was known as being THE state-run media that would never say anything critical of the regime. In that […]

Ghost Romans in Britain

Sometimes you just have to post fun stuff! Because of my interest in Roman military history I’ll just run a Google search for various terms and then wade deep into the search to see what turns up. This link kind of cracked me up. It’s from a British Ghost website-a website that documents British ghost […]