Monday, November 26, 2007

New Feature: World History Blog Poll

Just for fun, I have added a new feature. I will try to add a new poll weekly asking a question about history. If I get a good response, I will keep it up. If not, I will let the feature die eventually.

A couple of notes:

- It is possible for a person or group of people to rig a poll by voting repeatedly from different IP addresses or computers. There is no promise that any poll result has not been manipulated.

- Polls on blogs are not scientific. They do not represent the views of historians or the general population of the world. They just represent the thoughts of those who saw the poll and voted.

- I will try to ask questions pertaining to different parts of the world and different eras of history. However, I have my preferences and they probably will become apparent over time.

Here is the first question:

Who was the greatest general of antiquity? Possible responses include: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, and Zhuge Liang. I will post the response here next week after the poll closes.

UPDATE:

Alexander won hands down. He got 51%. Hannibal got 18% and Caesar got 17%. Scipio Africanus and Zhuge Liang barely showed with 6%.

4 comments:

Paul said...

I voted for Alexander. He was undefeated in major battles (unlike Hannibal), I've heard of him (unlike the Chinese general), and he is not the major source for our knowledge of his battles (unlike Caesar--I know about Ptolemy, but can anyone actually think that Caesar would have come out as quite the genius, if one of his generals wrote the Gallic War?). Like them or not, those are my reasons. :)

M said...

Paul,

Those are all good reasons for voting for Alexander. Thanks for voting.

Miland

The Minstrel Boy said...

Gaius Marius

his adaptation to the javelin revolutionized the phalanx.
in africa, in spain, in germany and gaul whether facing an army, a barbarian horde or a vicious guerilla campaign he found the way to prevail.

alexander - for co-ordinating infantry and cavalry, the use of cavalry as a shock instrument.

epamindondas - his theban phalanx was deeper, he realigned to pit his best against the best of the enemy. he flat ruined sparta in one summer, freed the helots, built them a fortified city. when he was deposed as a general he merely shrugged and picked up his place in the line as a hoplite.

Grant Jones said...

I also have to go with Epamindondas for the reasons cited by Minstrel Boy.