This blog is about history, how to write history, and voices from the past.

“Historias apodeixis” is a phrase borrowed from the Greek historian Herodotus. Writing in the fifth-century BCE, he called his own work a historias apodeixis, meaning “publication of inquiries.”

The word history itself comes from Greek historia, meaning inquiry or investigation – no other value or connotation was attached to it. Its descendants include history in English, but also more ambiguous iterations such as storia in Italian – a word which can be both history and, simply, story. And at its most basic, I think, history is just a collection of stories about the past.

I hope you enjoy and I welcome any comments!


I am an officer in the United States Marine Corps, but this site is merely my hobby. This site is not affiliated with, nor do the articles herein represent the views of, the United States Marine Corps, the Department of Defense, or any other U.S. Government Service or Agency.



  1. Always a pleasure to meet another history buff. I’m looking forward to many visits here. And it must be said – Thank you for your service!

    • Hi, thank you for your comment. I appreciate you coming to read. I’m a bit more active at the moment with my artillery history blog at http://artilleryhistory.wordpress.com/.

      • Yes, now I remember the missing cannon story caught my eye – you’ll see me on that site as well.

  2. I come back to this site (an insomniac, as you might see from the time of posting), and would like to know more about your phrase of “imaginative and metaphysical.” As a student of philosophy (literally, a lover of wisdom), I understand metaphysics as the study of reality. “Metaphysics” has another meaning in pop culture, having to do with vague things like ESP and parapsychology. I reject that myself, being more interested in the “reality” meaning, but I’m curious about your linking of imagination and metaphysics. If this has already been addressed elsewhere on your site, I apologize.

  3. I see you have deleted this site—I hope it wasn’t because of my comment, but I wonder about that. I think the linking of imagination and reality is forceful and important. It takes imagination, poetry, to understand reality. My best reference for this is Plato’s dialogue “Phaedrus.” Probably you will never see this comment.

    • I’m not so active on this anymore so much as artilleryhistory.wordpress.com, though I haven’t completely abandoned this place! But I definitely hope to post over there more so check it out when you can.

      Anyway, the quote is from Herman Melville’s story Billy Budd. I didn’t do too much thinking about it in depth, to be honest. I just slapped it up there. I’m sure that Melville & Melville scholars have contemplated it much more. Melville himself was certainly well-versed in Plato, at least from what I can tell from allusions in Moby-Dick, so there may be something to that.

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