In the Spartan tradition of Krypteia, young men who successfully completed their rigorous training regime were sent into the countryside unarmed and told to kill any members of Sparta's serf population, or "Helots," that they encountered at night and to take any food they needed. The tradition derives it name from a Greek word meaning "hidden, secret things," and its goal and nature are still a matter of debate among historians. What purposes do scholars believe Krypteia served?
Back in the day
The Korean War Memorial is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Dedicated on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the war, the memorial honors the men and women who served in the conflict. The memorial is laid out in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle; within the triangle are 19 statues of military personnel, representing a squad on patrol in the rugged Korean landscape. How many US soldiers were killed during the war?
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Belloc was an important English writer in the early 20th century. His works include short poems that contain moral lessons intertwined with questions of faith, religion, and politics. He was also a controversial figure for his alleged anti-Semitism and support of authoritarian politics. Belloc's style and personality led others to call him by what nickname?