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POLL: Ancients: Taking the Initiative


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Khusrau writes:

Ambush Alley Jim has the right of it. And for the same reason that if treason prospers, then no man dare call it treason.

What records we have are fragmentary, often written to suit a particular agenda, or a patron, and would certainly not give credit to a junior tribune or centurion rather than the commander. Indeed,in the Roman trope, 'initiative' was disobedience, and severely punished. Instances of disobedience were associated with defeat and held up as dire moral examples.


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VOTING RESULTS
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true
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63
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false
57
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
True or false: Generally speaking, leaders below the level of army commander followed orders, they did not take action on their own initiative.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.