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The Myth Of Ixion Murdering His Father-In-Law Over A Horse Dispute

Ixion was a particularly unscrupulous and conniving figure from the tales of ancient Greek mythology. Although he was most famous for stories involving him...

Emperor Nero Allegedly Murdered His Step-Brother

Infamous Emperor Nero (r. 54-68) was the adopted son and heir of Emperor Claudius (r. 41-54). Although Nero, indeed, succeeded Claudius as emperor of...

The Public Funeral Feast Of Marcus Flavius’ Mother

Around 328 BCE, a wealthy Roman man named Marcus Flavius threw a notable funeral event for his recently-deceased mother.  Prior to that time, Marcus...

The Mysterious Death Of Prince Theodore Of Constantinople

Emperor Constans II of Constantinople (641-668/669), according to the historical tradition of his reign, was accused of murdering his own brother, Theodore, around the...

The Tale Of Saborios’ Rebellion And An Awkward Debate Between Rebels And A Byzantine Diplomat At The Court Of Mu’awiya

A man named Saborios served as a general for the lackluster ruler, Emperor Constans II (r. 641-668/669) of Constantinople. This emperor came to power...

The Rebellion Of Pasagnathes Of Armenia

A man named Pasagnathes commanded troops and land in Armenia around the year 650 at the behest of the emperors of Constantinople. It was...

Mark Twain’s Quicksilver Bread Boat Folk Belief Reference

Mark Twain peppered The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (published 1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) with references to intriguing superstitions and folk...

The Jubilant Mirage Sighting of Christopher Columbus

On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from the Spanish city of Palos de Moguer on his flagship, the Santa Maria, which was...

Spain Used Ancient Myth And Legend In An Attempt To Bolster Its Claims On The New World

When Spain began colonizing the American continents, its colonial land-grabs were already condoned by geopolitical norms of the era, as well as papal support....

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The Myth Of Ixion Murdering His Father-In-Law Over A Horse Dispute

Ixion was a particularly unscrupulous and conniving figure from the tales of ancient Greek mythology. Although he was most famous for stories involving him...

Emperor Nero Allegedly Murdered His Step-Brother

Infamous Emperor Nero (r. 54-68) was the adopted son and heir of Emperor Claudius (r. 41-54). Although Nero, indeed, succeeded Claudius as emperor of...

The Mysterious Death Of Prince Theodore Of Constantinople

Emperor Constans II of Constantinople (641-668/669), according to the historical tradition of his reign, was accused of murdering his own brother, Theodore, around the...

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