View Full Version : Slaughter at the Bridge: A forgotten battle

03-26-2016, 09:43 PM
About 3200 years ago, two armies clashed at a river crossing near the Baltic Sea. The confrontation can’t be found in any history books—the written word didn’t become common in these parts for another 2000 years—but this was no skirmish between local clans. Thousands of warriors came together in a brutal struggle, perhaps fought on a single day, using weapons crafted from wood, flint, and bronze, a metal that was then the height of military technology.


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

03-27-2016, 04:30 AM
Blogger Razib Khan has a related post here http://www.unz.com/gnxp/the-long-terror-of-the-warrior/

By the way, for those who are interested in science, population genetics and history in general, Razib Khan is an absolute must read. If you don't read him yet, make some time and look through his blog. Always interesting (occasionally harsh, but never careless with facts)