Total War:Rome II enables you to simulate the blood-drenched battles of classical antiquity, or to orchestrate mass slaughters of your own invention. With a recent add-on you can now recruit female combatants into your army, like these mercenary gladiatrices, seen here fighting other mercenary gladiatrices and somehow knowing who is on which side. There were female gladiators in Roman times -- as attested by this inscription naming two of them, Achillea and Amazon -- however, there's no record of them ever fighting in a war. But if they had, based on this model, the spearwomen would have needed to come up a defence for that serious vulnerability on the back lefthand side.
The Fathers of Confederation pose before Government House, the Lieutenant-Governor's residence in Charlottetown, September 1864, and not Province House, the provincial legislature, which is a stone building.
Views of the Twelve Storey Tower, in the Asakusa district outside Tokyo, before and after the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1, 1923. This post is really just an opportunity to direct you to this excellent website about the quake.
Morton travel to Alloa to play The Wasps. Will both teams wear yellow?
The last time Morton and Alloa played in the same division, 2013-14, the Wasps won all four games. Alloa knocked Morton out of the 2014-15 Challenge Cup as well. Morton's last win against them came in 2011.
The Wasps are, of course, named after the play by Aristophanes. How many other clubs take their name from one of his Old Comedies? Lillestrøm SK are nicknamed Fugla, i.e. The Birds. Levante UD are Les Granotes, The Frogs.
Alloa have not collected a point in three league matches. They have scored two goals and surrendered eleven. They are out of both the Challenge Cup and League Cup.
When a club wins League One, how well should it do the next season in the Championship? Based on the historical record, going back to creation of the four-tier format in 1994, the likiest outcomes are 5th or 8th (four times each), then 7th or 10th (three times each), 1st, 3rd or 4th (twice each), but never 2nd, 6th or 9th. Partick and Gretna were the clubs that went directly from 1st to 1st. When Morton were promoted in 1995 they went to 3rd place the next year; when they were promoted in 2007 they went on to finish 8th.
In three league and three cup matches Morton have still not scored a goal in the first half.
Do teams in yellow receive more yellow cards? At season's end I'll count up Morton's yellow cards at home and away and we'll find out.
Luca Gasparotto has been called up for Canada's September 4th match against Belize.
Celtic have landed in Group A of the Europa League group stage, along with Ajax, Fenerbahçe and Molde.
Canadian Championship final second leg: Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - 0 Montreal Impact. It's Vancouver's first championship.
Yesterday it was Shelbourne 2 - 1 UCD.
[Morton win 0 - 1. Goal by O'Ware.]
Samsunspor [2 - 2] Karşıyaka. Samsun was part of the Roman province of Pontus, and was Kemal Atatürk's base of operations in the War of Independence.
If like me you know basically nothing about the Philippines, a good place to start learning would be the remarkable Boxer Codex, a wonderfully illustrated volume from the 16th Century now residing at Indiana University and available to browse here.