Tamerlan and Tamerlane



A name in the news

One of the Boston bombing suspects is named Tamerlan


Tamerlane:  1336-1405

A Turkish conqueror

In religion, he was a zealous Moslem


The ground which had been occupied by flourishing cities was often marked by his abominable trophies, by columns or pyramids of human heads.

Perhaps his conscience would have been startled if a priest of philosopher had dared to number the millions of victims whom he had sacrificed to the establishment of peace and order.

He erected on the ruins of Baghdad a pyramid of ninety thousand heads.

Four thousand Armenians were buried alive for the brave and faithful discharge of their duty.

Christian prisoners were offered the choice of abjurgation or death.


From Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 65


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