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6th Feb '17 4:57:11 PM Mhazard
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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.
30th Jan '17 3:25:11 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* DreadlockRasta: Technically, since [[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah Samson]] is a sort of an Old Testament proto-monk, which fits the "for religious purposes" connotations of the trope.
* DreadlockWarrior: Dreadlocks appeared in a wide variety of warrior cultures throughout the world, from Masai to Spartans to Maori and many more. Notably, [[Literature/SamsonAndDelilah Samson]], the [[SuperStrength inhumanly strong]] OneManArmy from the Bible, is specifically stated to wear his hair in dreadlocks in [[Literature/BookOfJudges Judges 16:13]].
27th Jan '17 11:24:28 AM LordGro
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* DisabledLoveInterest: Hephaestus to Aphrodite. It...doesn't work out.
27th Jan '17 6:51:59 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* DisabledLoveInterest: Hephaestus to Aphrodite. It...doesn't work out.
14th Jan '17 10:12:20 PM WaterBlap
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* ProtectiveCharm: Achilles being dipped in the River Styx to be made invulnerable, ClassicalMythology, 1st century AD.

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* ProtectiveCharm: Achilles being dipped in the River Styx to be made invulnerable, ClassicalMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology, 1st century AD.
13th Jan '17 7:48:52 AM crazysamaritan
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* BloodKnight: Ares, the Greek God of War -- or rather, [[NoExceptYes bloodlust and slaughter]].

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* BloodKnight: Ares, the Greek God of War -- or rather, [[NoExceptYes bloodlust and slaughter]].slaughter.
3rd Jan '17 9:35:50 PM N1KF
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* ''Literature/TheBible''[[note]] As the work page explains, some parts of the ''Torah/Pentateuch'' probably do originate from as early as 1000 BC, but the dating is uncertain, and for simplicity's sake the whole Bible is included on this index.[[/note]]

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* ''Literature/TheBible''[[note]] Literature/TheBible[[note]] As the work page explains, some parts of the ''Torah/Pentateuch'' probably do originate from as early as 1000 BC, but the dating is uncertain, and for simplicity's sake the whole Bible is included on this index.[[/note]]
24th Dec '16 2:00:04 PM jamespolk
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* ProtectiveCharm: Achilles being dipped in the River Styx to be made invulnerable, ClassicalMythology, 1st century AD.
23rd Dec '16 2:01:42 PM karstovich2
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* BiggerIsBetterInBed: The Book of Ezekiel in Literature/TheBible.

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** Sima Qian's ''Records of the Grand Historian'' relate a story from the foundation of the Qin Dynasty based in part on this trope. According to the story, the merchant-turned-Chancellor and regent of Qin Lü Buwei had been carrying on an affair with the Queen Mother, but wanted to break it off as the king (the future UsefulNotes/QinShihuangdi) approached majority. To persuade the queen, Lü found a man named Lao Ai, who had a huge penis, and (indirectly) presented him to her as a replacement lover. This worked (after Lao Ai had been plucked of all his hair to pass as a eunuch) insofar as the queen accepted the trade (apparently she bought into the trope), but although it is known that Lao Ai fathered children with the Queen Mother (causing a revolt and the execution of Lao Ai and Lü Buwei, among many others), it's not clear how much of this is historical fact and how much is Sima Qian embellishing things.
17th Dec '16 8:00:10 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* TheSociopath: Alcibiades of Athens. The nephew of Pericles, intellectually brilliant, personally charming, and stunningly handsome, Alcibiades excelled at virtually everything he applied himself to, from soldiery to statecraft to seducing women (and men, this being Ancient Greece). He was also inconstant, fickle, capricious, and felt lasting affection for few people, if any at all -- except, perhaps, for his surprising purported friendship with/lust for Creator/{{Socrates}}. He was as good at making bitter enemies as he was at making superficial friends, and for this reason he changed sides a dizzying number of times during UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar; a war that he had helped to reignite, for no other reason (according to Creator/{{Plato}}) than to further his political career. In ''The Mask of Sanity'', psychiatrist Hervey M. Cleckley decides that Alcibiades "had the gift of every talent except that of using them consistently to achieve any sensible aim or in behalf of any discernible cause."
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