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Hey there history enthiousiasts !!!
I've decided to give you guys a "strange" historical fact every week or so...
It's up to you guys to guess why these strange facts were done or why they happened...
At the end of the week, unless I'm on vacation, I will give you the answer to this bizarre fenomenon if it hasn't been guessed yet !!!
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The headless statues of Rome

I don't know if you guys have ever noticed, but there are many ancient Roman statues, in historybooks and in museums, that have no heads at all or that have at least a crack around their necks...
There is however, a logical reason for this...

Anybody care to guess ?



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Died in battle?

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Heads have been stolen at one time or another.

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Dr. S you are wrong, but Half Pint has started well...but it is not the good answer...
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Older heads were replaced with new ones depicting Romans from a later era?

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Close Dr. S....almost on the right track !!!!



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Were the heads made seperatley so that if they ever came to life they would be easier to kill?

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Rulers some times changed so fast that the used one basic body and only had to replace the heads?

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is it when the barbarians got to rome and done a bit of pillaging and ravishing?
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Rulers some times changed so fast that the used one basic body and only had to replace the heads?
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That's right Half Pint !!!!
In the last centuries of the Roman Empire, from 200 AD onwards, the rulers changed so fast that it was impossible to always keep on making the statue of the new ruler ! When the legs and body of the new ruler was finished, he was either murdered or killed on the field of battle ! So they thought of a better thing : just keep the bodies and add a new head to each body !!! This way they could easily follow the different rulers that came to the throne !!!! All they had to do now is sculpt a new head...

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Most interesting.

That was cool - can't wait until the next one!

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The crossing at "Tolhus" !

On the 12th of June 1672, the Prince of Condé, commander of a French army under Louis XIV, crossed the Rhine at "Tolhus" (or sometimes spelled as "Tolouse") to invade Holland !
There is a great painting of this crossing in the palace of Versailles but, the problem is: there is no place as tolhus or tolouse that ever existed !!!!
Where does this name come from then ?
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Does it refer to the fact that there was a Tollhouse at the crossing????
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