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Perseus’ Rocky Wedding

After taking the head of the Gorgon, Medusa, the mythical Greek hero, Perseus, somehow found himself on the shores of North Africa. There, according...

The Origin Legends Of The Lacus Curtius At The Roman Forum

In the Forum of the ancient city of Rome, a shallow pool could be found that was known by the name, Lacus Curtius. This...

The Legend Of How A Plague Led To Rome’s Interest In Performance Arts

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17CE), the Roman historian who wrote the definitive narrative of Rome’s ancient monarchy and early republic, curiously claimed that the Roman...

A Rival Pope Denounced Pope Urban II’s Crusade

Human thought is rarely homogenous, and it should come as no surprise that there were differences of opinion in the 11th-century about the First...

The Complicated Germanic/Norse Hundred

Although the phrase, ‘a hundred,’ or ‘one hundred,’ is associated with the number 100 nowadays, this was not always the case in old Germanic...

Emperor Justin II And His Shipment Of Grain To Starving Romans

Very little went well during the reign of Emperor Justin II of Constantinople (r. 565-578). He could not stop King Alboin (r. 565-572/573) and...

The Origin Story Of The Nez Percé Tribe Name

The Nez Percé tribe, which now calls itself the Nimiipuu people, are a sovereign Native American nation that once held extensive territory in the...

Weather Saved The City Of Kokura From An Atomic Blast

In the early morning of August 9, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress named “Bockscar” lifted off from Tinian, in the Northern Marianas Islands, and began...

The Story Of The Poetic Protest Graffiti Left On Hernan Cortes’ Walls

Dividing wealth among treasure-hunters is often a tense task, prone to arguments and suspicion, but relationships in such situations can become especially strained when...

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The Legendary Duel Of Titus Manlius And A Gallic Champion

Around the year 361 BCE, the city of Rome received disturbing intelligence reports that a Gallic army was loitering along the Via Salaria (Salt...

Perseus’ Rocky Wedding

After taking the head of the Gorgon, Medusa, the mythical Greek hero, Perseus, somehow found himself on the shores of North Africa. There, according...

The Origin Legends Of The Lacus Curtius At The Roman Forum

In the Forum of the ancient city of Rome, a shallow pool could be found that was known by the name, Lacus Curtius. This...

The Tale Of Thórarin Loftunga And His Poetic “Head Ransom”

A man called Thórarin, nicknamed Loftunga (or Praise-Tongue), was an 11th-century Icelandic skald who offered his poetic services to the prominent Scandinavian kings of...

A Rival Pope Denounced Pope Urban II’s Crusade

Human thought is rarely homogenous, and it should come as no surprise that there were differences of opinion in the 11th-century about the First...

The Complicated Germanic/Norse Hundred

Although the phrase, ‘a hundred,’ or ‘one hundred,’ is associated with the number 100 nowadays, this was not always the case in old Germanic...

Emperor Justin II And His Shipment Of Grain To Starving Romans

Very little went well during the reign of Emperor Justin II of Constantinople (r. 565-578). He could not stop King Alboin (r. 565-572/573) and...

The Sputtering Start To Christopher Columbus’ First Voyage To The New World

Momentous enterprises do not always have graceful starts. This was true of the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, who—as the popular rhyme recounts—sailed the ocean...

The Legend Of How A Plague Led To Rome’s Interest In Performance Arts

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17CE), the Roman historian who wrote the definitive narrative of Rome’s ancient monarchy and early republic, curiously claimed that the Roman...

Joan of Arc’s Holy Banner

Of all the intriguing and interesting people of medieval Europe, Jeanne d’Arc (commonly known as Joan of Arc, c. 1412-1431) lived one of the...
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