States have sometimes failed in war not so much because they had an incompetent army or incompetent battlefield commanders, but because they chose to fight at the wrong time, or fought the wrong enemy.

—Barry Strauss and Josiah Obe

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According to the book of Genesis, God created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs. As a result, Judeo-Christian tradition long held that men had one fewer rib than women. Despite the abundance of available evidence to the contrary, that belief survived for some fifteen hundred years, until the Flemish anatomist Andreas Vesalius, a pioneer of modern anatomy and a champion of medical dissection, finally showed otherwise.