We could learn quite a bit, I'd agree. The Romans built things to last, and for a lot of the buildings to still stand after 2000+ years is pretty amazing. It was also interesting to live in Rome when I was doing some research- I was actually staying about where the Roman right did a lot of its fighting early on in the siege, or at least as far as anyone can tell.
Also the danger of arrogance, in my book- you can be greedy, to a certain extent, if you pull it off. But, if you wander into a place like Egypt, you probably want to ask why they haven't already conquered Carthage and Kush and other places nearby. They probably tried it themselves and learned not to. Or, at least, try another route.
Well, in the end, both strategies ended up being right, in their own time. It does bring up some interesting questions about what would have happened if Fabian had defeated Scipio and had his views win out. At some point, Hannibal probably runs out of money or food.
Personally, I'd throw in a recommendation for Livy, Polybius and, perhaps, Appian. Goldsworthy does a lot of good work, too.
I remember this same conversation last year, only with Lee instead of McMillian- the answer was the same thing then as it is now: teams try to game plan around him, which is a sign of deep respect for his abilities.
Don't worry, the Punic Wars will be on the agenda, no matter what happens.
That's something I'm not super sure on. I want to get a handle on some ancient stuff- I don't know if I'll end this when the Classical era ends (After Marcus Aurelius, or about 150) or run it all the way to Chalons (450s), or end it earlier because people get tired of it. :) Any requests?
History often provides us with parallels and similarities. Mostly because we deal with people.
A slightly more up to date version:
Well, if you insist:
Actually, no. If you have the ball... you're the offense. So, yeah. It applies.
Yeah.. when they DV Hove for moving the post to the right forum? Some people just need to get over themselves.
DVs for expressing a legit opinion? +1 to offset.
Yeah, I know. If only there were parts on the human body between the waist and the head....
New rule, player safety. They'll probably call stuff anywhere near below the waist so everyone learns to go high.
Gotta know when to give the points, my man.
Nope. He hit him right in the side of the knee. It was illegal, and the refs were right to call it. Watch the film again,
Call it whatever you want, it's 15 yards.
Actually, the rules changed this year, and are pretty clear: Offensive players who are outside the tackle box at the snap, and those who leave the tackle box after the snap, may only block an opponent below the waist if the force of the initial contact is directly at the opponent's front
It's an illegal block, sad to say.
Same from me. Seriously, DV isn't an "I disagree with you" button, its the "stop being a jerk" button.
It's kinda funny how that happens. When you look at what we're not calling A2AD stuff anymore, it's not like we've never faced situations like that before- and the answer was what we're calling today Multi-Domain operations. Of course, back then, it was just called "good strategy," anyway.
I don't know why you got a DV for this one, since you're quite right.