I would not call them 'obscure'.Verygood, I thought that most would not know about obscure WW1 naval battles! I
As was Homer, at least that's a widespread opinion (not at all popular in Greece, though!), either somewhere on the west coast of Asia Minor/ Turkey (as was Troy), or on one of the nearby islands (which mostly belong to Greece) But when, where or even whether 'he' was an individual poet rather than a tradition, are unanswerable questions.I heard about this battle a long time ago when I read the book "The Novellas and Anecdotes of Herodotus" (early 1970s). whereas today he would probably be called a Turk, as he was born in Halicarnassus, today Bodrum.
Yes, it is amazing how personal feeling often get in the way even in wartime!I would not call them 'obscure'.
Classic battles, with each a human interest backstory. Craddock had been warned not to engage von Spee's squadron with his obsolete ships. But he followed his orders in a direct way, knowing he would not make a chance. The reason he did, was the way the captains and admirals involved in the failed chase of the Goeben and the Breslau in August 1914, had been put aside for lack of fighting spirit. Craddock did not want that to happen to himself.
Next, Sturdee was sent to the Atlantic to fight von Spee. Not only had Sturdee plenty of fighting spirit, but Lord Fisher, who had been called back from retirement, hated him and wanted him as far away as possible. At the Falklands, he succesfully used his battlecruisers for the task they had been designed for. Later, Sturdee was given a command of a battleship squadron, that was positioned in the middle of the battleline (as it was in Jutland), in order to 'restrain' his fighting spirit and prevent him to take initiative!
I think this is quite fascinating too. I was unaware of these things!That's fascinating. It was the 'Scotti' - Irish monks - who introduced spaces between words in Latin texts, in about the 5th century. The Romans used 'scriptio continua' with no spaces, as parchment was expensive and space at premium. But the for Irish monks, although they were pretty good at Latin, it was a foreign language, and to read the texts properly aloud in church they needed to have the words separated. They also began putting marks to show the ends of sentences and smaller grammatical units, the beginning of punctuation in the West.
The two oldest extant copies of the entire New Testament in the original Greek are the Codex Vaticanus (early 300's CE)I think this is quite fascinating too. I was unaware of these things!
The two oldest extant copies of the entire New Testament in the original Greek are the Codex Vaticanus
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And the Codex Sinaiticus
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The words run together with no punctuation and ALL CAPS
These are two of the four The great uncial codices that are the only remaining uncial codices that contain (or originally contained) the entire text of the Greek Bible (Old and New Testament).