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1st May '18 8:22:29 PM karstovich2
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** The ''Records of the Grand Historian'', or ''Shiji'' by Sima Qian (the classic text on Chinese history up until the reign of Emperor Wu of Han in the 2nd century BCE, considered surprisingly accurate all things considered[[note]]For instance, its list of Shang emperors and their relationship to each other very nearly matches the one reconstructed from the Shang-era oracle bones despite Sima living nearly a thousand years after the Shang.[[/note]] despite a penchant for exaggerations).

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** The ''Records of the Grand Historian'', or ''Shiji'' by Sima Qian (the Qian. This is the classic text on Chinese history up until the reign of Emperor Wu of Han in the 2nd century BCE, considered BCE. It is also (apart from a penchant for exaggeration) surprisingly accurate accurate, all things considered[[note]]For instance, considered: among other things, its list of Shang emperors and their relationship to each other very nearly matches the one modern archaeologists have reconstructed from the Shang-era available primary sources (the oracle bones despite that date from the Shang period), even though Sima living lived and wrote nearly a thousand years after the fall of the Shang.[[/note]] despite a penchant for exaggerations).
27th Apr '18 5:20:56 PM karstovich2
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* {{Biography}}: Plutarch is considered one of the earliest biographers, with his 23 pairs of biographies collectively titled ''[[Literature/ParallelLives Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans]]'', 80 AD.
* TheBlacksmith: Hephaestus is an immortal blacksmith. ''Literature/TheIliad'' describes him at work, creating armor and weapons.

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Plutarch is considered one of the earliest biographers, with his 23 pairs of biographies collectively titled ''[[Literature/ParallelLives Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans]]'', 80 AD.
** About 150 years before Plutarch, Sima Qian's ''Records of the Grand Historian'' include 69 "Ranked Biographies", telling the lives of notable figures in pre-Han Dynasty and early Han Dynasty Chinese history. These biographies form the largest section of the ''Records''42% of the gigantic work.
* TheBlacksmith: Hephaestus is an immortal blacksmith. ''Literature/TheIliad'' describes him at work, work,
creating armor and weapons.
22nd Apr '18 7:47:36 PM karstovich2
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* FamilialCannibalismSurprise: A number of examples from Greek myth. The most famous is probably the story of Atreus, who caught his brother Thyestes seducing his wife; he surreptitiously fed Thyestes the flesh of his sons at a banquet as punishment.

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* FamilialCannibalismSurprise: A number of examples from Greek myth. The most famous is probably the story of Atreus, Atreus (father of [[Literature/TheTrojanCycle Agamemnon and Menelaus]]), who caught his brother Thyestes seducing his wife; he surreptitiously fed Thyestes the flesh of his sons at a banquet as punishment.
22nd Apr '18 7:46:41 PM karstovich2
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* FamilialCannibalismSurprise: A number of examples from Greek myth. The most famous is probably the story of Atreus, who caught his brother Thyestes seducing his wife; he surreptitiously fed Thyestes the flesh of his sons at a banquet as punishment.
21st Apr '18 8:35:15 AM karstovich2
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* LostOrphanedRoyalty: UnbuiltTrope version. Literature/TheHistories of Herodotus report a story like this about UsefulNotes/CyrusTheGreat. In this story, Astyages, King of the Medes, has a PropheticDream that his advisors interpreted as meaning that the son of his daughter Mandane, whom he had married off to King Cambyses of neighboring Persia, would supplant him. Astyages therefore recalled Mandane to his capital at Ecbatana and waited for her to give birth. When she gave birth to a son named Cyrus, Astyages ordered his general Harpagus to kill the newborn. Harpagus couldn't manage this, so he delegated it to one of the royal shepherds, Mithradanes, who couldn't bring himself to do it, either. Instead, Mithradanes, whose wife had conveniently given birth to a stilborn son about the same time as Mandane was giving birth to Cyrus, presented the stillborn child to Astyages as Cyrus, and took Cyrus as his own son. For ten years, Cyrus was raised as a shepherd's son, but eventually Cyrus does something unshephardlike (he orders the son of a noble to be beaten for failing to follow his orders), and the shepherd tells Astyages everything. At this juncture, Astyages realizes YouCantFightFate and sends the boy to live with his parents in Persia. (This is an unbuilt version because Astyages didn't try to kill all the royals or male royals of Cyrus' house; then again, it looks like there were no others, or at least no other males, of his generation besides Cyrus.)
15th Apr '18 8:14:48 PM karstovich2
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* BurningTheShips: After crossing the Huang He into hostile Quin territory in 208 BC, Xiang Yu of Chu supposedly ordered his army to sink the boats, as well as to pack only supplies for three days and to destroy the rest, along with the cooking utensils. This meant that they could neither go back, nor avoid starvation except by conquering the supplies of the enemy. The traditional wording of the order, "Break the kettles and sink the boats!" (破釜沉舟), are a Chinese idiom.

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* BurningTheShips: After crossing the Huang He into hostile Quin Qin territory in 208 BC, Xiang Yu of Chu supposedly ordered his army to sink the boats, as well as to pack only supplies for three days and to destroy the rest, along with the cooking utensils. This meant that they could neither go back, nor avoid starvation except by conquering the supplies of the enemy. The traditional wording of the order, "Break the kettles and sink the boats!" (破釜沉舟), are a Chinese idiom.
6th Apr '18 3:27:48 PM Totema
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* FunWithAcronyms: Emergent Greek Christians used a symbol of a fish as a TrustPassword for their faith; this is because the Greek word ICTHYS (ΙΧΘΥΣ) was used to stand for Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr (Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ) - Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.

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* FunWithAcronyms: Emergent Greek Christians used a symbol of a fish as a TrustPassword for their faith; this is because the Greek word for "fish", ICTHYS (ΙΧΘΥΣ) (ΙΧΘΥΣ), was used to stand for Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr (Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ) - Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
6th Apr '18 3:26:07 PM Totema
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* FunWithAcronyms: Emergent Greek Christians used a symbol of a fish as a TrustPassword for their faith; this is because the Greek word ICTHYS (ΙΧΘΥΣ) was used to stand for Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr (Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ) - Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.
17th Mar '18 11:50:33 AM Malady
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* SexualEuphemism
10th Mar '18 6:15:48 PM Lymantria
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* AnimalMotifs: The many animal comparisons in Literature/TheBible.
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