Ah, the stories of the past. Of kings and emperors, of gods and goddesses, of wars and conquests, and of sacrifices made in their names. 

From the glorious celebration of Emperor Titus’ opening of the Colosseum in Rome to the gruesome sacrifice of 4,000 prisoners of war at the opening of the sixth Great Temple of Tenochtitlan, to the glass jewelry found in the remains of a middle-aged couple and a young woman sacrificed as part of a ritual to protect Wolseong Palace in South Korea, to the long, costly graveyard of the Great Wall of China, to the Inca child sacrifices made to appease the gods, to the grim reminder of death and execution at Dead Man’s Hole.

These stories of the past, though often tragic, are a reminder of our shared history and the sacrifices made by those who came before us... and the fact that the places where they happened are now major tourist attractions. So, let us take a moment to remember these stories and the people who lived them, and the people who now take selfies there.

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