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The Great Wall of China

To protect themselves from invaders from north, the ancient Chinese built the Great Wall of China. It is the longest structure ever built, stretching (with all its lengths) about 4,500 miles—about 2000 miles longer than the distance between New York City and L.A. Some parts of the wall are as high as 35 feet, and as thick as 25 feet. It was all built by hand.

The purpose was an impenetrable defense: too high to climb over, too thick to break down, too long to go around. But during the first 100 years of the wall’s existence, China was successfully invaded three times.

But it wasn’t the wall’s fault. The barbarian hordes never climbed over it, broke it down, or went around. They simply bribed a gatekeeper and marched right in through an open door.

Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy through a lack of self control. Proverbs 25:28: Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.

Alexander the Great

By the age of 32, Alexander the Great had conquered much of the ancient world, his victories extending southward from Greece all the way to Egypt and eastward all the way to India. But, according to a recent book by O... [Read More]

Reference: Simon Price and Peter Thonemann, The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine (Penguin Books, 2010), pp. 145-148