What could be a good idea for a one act play based on the Ottoman Empire?

The fratricidal free-for-all of the Ottoman Interregnum. What makes brothers gladly slice each other’s throats: rich opportunity for psychologising there.

I’m sure there’s something tragic about how Abdul Hamid II lost his empire from under him.

Was Napoleon Greek?

Andrew Baird’s block on me means I cannot reply to commenters to his answer, either.

So, Bill Killernic: Laure Junot, Duchess of Abrantes was the person who circulated the notion that Napoleon was Greek. She claimed that Napoleon had proposed to her mother, Panoria Stephanopoli, a Corsican Greek.

Her claims are often repeated by flattered Greeks, but they are not seriously accepted by any historian. I’ve been through all the baptismal records of the Greek community in Corsica, because I’ve had a research interest in it (and published a few papers on it): there was never a Kalomeros family there, and Kalomeros doesn’t really make sense as a Greek surname anyway.

What is true is that the Greek community was an elite in Ajaccio at the time of Napoleon’s birth, and one of the Stephanopolis, Demetrius, sponsored young Napoleon to go to military academy at the age of 10. (See my paper at http://www.24grammata.com/wp-con…, p. 40)

If you saw someone asking the same kind of question over and over again, would you automatically write them off as a bad person?

Hahaha! Hahaha!

You know, OP, I was about to post the same question! Because I too have been deluged this week by:

My inclination would be, yes, because we get it, already, and they’re also eliciting the same response, and templated questions are annoying after you see the second instance.

And yet! And yet those questions come from the divine, amusing, and highly intelligent Ms Carter Clock herself, Annika Schauer:

I will not write off Annika qua Annika. So that has been a lesson, to withhold hasty judgement. It’s maybe even the same lesson she was getting at with those questions.

Still don’t like the questions though. 🙂