I want to end 2009 by thanking all the people who visited this blog in 2009. I have made some new friends and collected many great comments relating to the 120 articles posted this year. There have been over 10,000 unique visitors to the site and over 1,500 good friends who have come here least 10 times. I feel strongly motivated by my readers and I’m impressed with the number of people out there with an interest in ancient history.
The stories of antiquity are important because they tell us about human behavior – how human beings act in groups and how they build cultures. I believe that human motivations and human behavior are essentially the same today as they were in antiquity, so it is our responsibility to figure out how to use history to learn about ourselves. If more people saw history as a tool to look at their own culture, perhaps they would demand that their governments pursue that which is positive and practical rather than negative or idealistic.