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The Tale Of King Cunincpert’s Body-Double Victory Over Duke Alahis At Bergamo

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The Myth Of Medea Being Criminally Cleared For Killing A King And Princess Of Corinth

In ancient Greek mythology, Medea was an occult-inclined princess from the Black Sea city of Colchis who betrayed her people and her family after...

Achilles Restrained By Athena In Agamemnon’s Tent, By Johan Tobias Sergel (c. 1740-1814)

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The Rival Norwegian Bishop Sigurds At The Turn Of The 11th Century

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Christopher Columbus Was On the Lookout For Monsters On His First Journey To The Americas

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This drawing, by the Swedish artist Johan Tobias Sergel (c. 1740-1814), re-creates the dramatic argument that occurred between King Agamemnon and Achilles in the...

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The Murder Of Larcius Macedo

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Virgil Reading The Aeneid To The Family Of Augustus, By Vincenzo Camuccini (c. 1771-1844)

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