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The Carthage of the Punic Wars was founded by the Phoenicians of Tyre.

Maritime Empires: the Phoenician Gap

We in the West seem to spend a lot of time tracing our cultures back to the maritime empires — thalassocracies — like the Greeks and the Vikings, but we spend very little time talking about the civilization that inspired Greece to consolidate its military power.

George Washington admitting he chopped the cherry tree.

Exaggeration: History Becomes Myth

It was the Black Company series by Glen Cook that made me realize how often history becomes myth, exaggerated beyond meaningful belief. …

Battle of Kurukshetra from the Bhagavad Gita.

Religion & War in Myth Cycles

As I research background for my novel, I’ve noticed that many of the stories from which we’ve gained our understanding of ancient cultures have …