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    Republican Rome's first expansion was southward....

    Republican Rome's first expansion was southward. Cumae and Naples, two Greek colonies, were absorbed by 338 BCE, and the other Greek colonies in Apulia, Basilicata and Calabria by 272 BCE. So...
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    That's an odd question considering that over half...

    That's an odd question considering that over half of the Roman emperors were not from Italy. From the 3rd century onwards, the majority were from the Balkans (including the Tetrachs and the...
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    What I meant by outlier was that it is the only...

    What I meant by outlier was that it is the only Iron Age sample that plots with South Italians and Greeks, while the others plot with North Italians. Clearly there must have been a merger of two...
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    Great! I am glad this paper is finally out. In...

    Great! I am glad this paper is finally out.

    In summary, what we can see at first sight is:

    Mesolithic : typical HG autosomal DNA / Y-haplogroups I2a2-M436, I2a2a-M223

    Neolithic : typical...
  5. The USA is a good country to study environmental...

    The USA is a good country to study environmental factors on obesity since it is such a big country with many climatic zones, yet all people share the same culture and a similar diet everywhere (diet...
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    Waow, lot's of Japanese, Chinese and Muslim names...

    Waow, lot's of Japanese, Chinese and Muslim names in the list!
  7. Correlation between obesity and religiosity

    In the USA, fundamentalist Christians and most people who consider themselves very religious tend to reject many biological facts (evolution of species, existence of genetic predispositions, genetics...
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    Really? I quite like Italian desserts, especially...

    Really? I quite like Italian desserts, especially panna cotta, tiramisu, tartufo and zabaione (pictured below). Gelato could also be considered a dessert.
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    Steven Pinker concludes this observation (on p....

    Steven Pinker concludes this observation (on p. 366) saying that:

    "A more rational approach to politics is to treat societies as ongoing experiments and open-mindedly learn the best practices,...
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    Steven Pinker on political beliefs

    I have recently read Enlightenment Now by Harvard and MIT cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, which really is an extraordinary book. In chapter 21, Professor Pinker explains that many of the most...
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    British cuisine has made tremendous progress in a...

    British cuisine has made tremendous progress in a few decades. It used to be disgusting and that's why the stereotype still clings, but nowadays there are terrific British restaurants.
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    Good to know. I have bookmarked them for the next...

    Good to know. I have bookmarked them for the next time I am in London.
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    I love London and I have generally had very...

    I love London and I have generally had very positive experiences with British food all over Britain. France may be renowned for its fine cuisine, but in my experience quality in cheaper restaurants...
  14. Let's keep in mind that if anything in the...

    Let's keep in mind that if anything in the history of world had turned out differently as it did, the world would be different today and we wouldn't be here today. Even the slightest chance could...
  15. Sticky: 10 books about the world's past, present and future that you should read

    I read a lot - one book per week in average this year, and almost exclusively non-fiction books. You can find the list of the books I read on Libib, which has just reached 300 volumes (excluding...
  16. Matches center around northern and central...

    Matches center around northern and central France, Switzerland, Tyrol, southern Germany and Belgium/southern Netherlands. Other high matches (70-80%) are found in Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal,...
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    I have updated the page. The printed version runs...

    I have updated the page. The printed version runs for some 20 pages.
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    I made a similar list for Europe years ago on...

    I made a similar list for Europe years ago on Eupedia: Oldest European towns and cities by founding year.

    I indicated the founding year, whether the place was still inhabited today or not, and...
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    I wouldn't trust this source. No Menapian or...

    I wouldn't trust this source. No Menapian or ancient Belgic DNA has been tested. This L21 clade is typical of Ireland. A few samples show up in Scandinavia and Yorkshire probably because they were...
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    Thanks for sharing, Moesan. That's very...

    Thanks for sharing, Moesan. That's very interesting. I was wondering whether other Y-haplogroups would show up alongside R1b, such as G2a-L497 and E-V13, which I believe were also spread by Hallstatt...
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    I have summarised the list of emperors with...

    I have summarised the list of emperors with pictures and descriptions here.
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    The ethnicity is based on the information...

    The ethnicity is based on the information available for each emperor, their parents and grandparents.

    The rating, as stated, is mine, and is based on the dozens of books I have read about ancient...
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    What do you mean? The names and length of reign...

    What do you mean? The names and length of reign of emperors can be found on Wikipedia and many other sites.
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    I have made a table of all Roman emperors until...

    I have made a table of all Roman emperors until the end of the Western Roman Empire. The • sign means that an emperor is the (biological) son of the previous one. I also listed empresses of the...
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    I forgot to mention that Agrippa also worked for...

    I forgot to mention that Agrippa also worked for many years on making a great map of the world, known as the Dimensuratio provinciarum, or Orbis terrarum, which was inscribed in marble by Augustus...
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