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The Short-Lived Rebellion Of Valentinain Against Emperor Constans II

For the Empire of Constantinople, the 640s began with uncertainty and chaos. The long and stabilizing rule of Emperor Heraclius (r. 610-641) came to...

Tyr Lays His Hand In The Mouth Of The Fenris Wolf, Sculpted By Vilhelm Bissen (c. 1836 – 1913)

This sculpture, by the Danish artist Vilhelm Bissen (c. 1836 – 1913), depicts a tale from Norse mythology. The wolfish figure featured in the...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Consider for a moment the principles of things, and you will see that we are all of one flesh and that...

The Arming Of Erminia, Attributed To Gaspare Diziani (c. 1689-1767)

This artwork, painted by the Italian artist Gaspare Diziani (c. 1689-1767), was inspired by a curious poem called Gerusalemme liberata, written by the Italian...

Ægir’s Feast, By Constantin Hansen (c. 1804 – 1880)

This painting, by the Danish artist Constantin Hansen (c. 1804 – 1880), was inspired by a character named Ægir or Hler from a text...

The Tale Of Herfemar’s Standoff Against King Liutprand’s Palace Guards

In the early 8th century, a warrior named Herfemar served as a high-ranking advisor to Pemmo, a Lombard Duke of the Friuli region of...

James Madison

James Madison (c. 1751-1836) "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and...

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Tyr Lays His Hand In The Mouth Of The Fenris Wolf, Sculpted By Vilhelm Bissen (c. 1836 – 1913)

This sculpture, by the Danish artist Vilhelm Bissen (c. 1836 – 1913), depicts a tale from Norse mythology. The wolfish figure featured in the...

The Bitter-Sweet Myth Of Glaucos’ Death And Resurrection

One of the many children said to have been fathered by the mythical King Minos of Crete was a boy named Glaucus (or Glaucos),...

Cadmus Slaying The Dragon, By Hendrick Goltzius (c. 1558 – 1617)

This artwork, from the German-Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius (c. 1558 – 1617), re-creates a tale from the life of the ancient Greek mythical hero,...

Thórarin Nefjólfsson And King Olaf II Of Norway, Illustrated By Christian Krohg (1852–1925)

Above is an illustration by Christian Krohg (c. 1852-1925), which captures a supposed scene from the life of King Olaf II of Norway (r....

The Buddha

  The Buddha (lived c. 6th-5th century BCE, this quote was recorded by the 3rd century BCE) "In this world hostilities are never appeased by hostility. But by the...

The Buddha

  The Buddha (lived c. 6th-5th century BCE) "As a bee flying from a flower, having taken up its nectar, does not harm its luster or fragrance, so should...

The Massacre Of Scione During The Peloponnesian War Truce

  Between 423 and 422 BCE, the warring coalitions of Athens and Sparta began negotiating a truce after nine years of warfare. Around this time,...

Chuang Tzu Dreaming Of A Butterfly, By Lu Zhi (1496–1576)

In the earthen-colored image shown above, artist Lu Zhi (1496–1576) recreated one of the more famous stories written by the 4th and 3rd century...
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The Wedding of Alexander and Roxana, attributed to Gerard de Lairesse (c. 1641 – 1711)

This painting, attributed to the Dutch artist Gerard de Lairesse (c. 1641 – 1711), is thought to depict the marriage of Alexander the Great...

Nauplios—An Ancient Greek Human Trafficker Of Myth

An intriguing character named Nauplios appeared from time to time in the tales of mythology about the gods and early hero-kings of the ancient...

The Birth Of Bacchus, By An 18th-Century Artist

This painting, by an unidentified 18th-century artist, strives to re-create the mythical birth scene of the ancient god, Bacchus—the Roman equivalent of the Greek...

The Shipwreck Of Agrippina, By Gustav Wertheimer (c. 1847-1902)

This artwork by the Austrian artist, Gustav Wertheimer (c. 1847-1902), was inspired by the elaborate tales of Nero’s plots to assassinate his own mother,...

The Tale Of Sickly Zosimus The Bard

A man named Zosimus was a freedman who was employed as an entertainer by the Roman lawyer and statesman, Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113)....

The Stressed Family Audience At Calpurnius’ Poetry Recital

A young aspiring poet named Calpurnius tried his hand at composing and performing poetry around the late 1st century or early 2nd century. After...

Sketch For The Battle Of Poitiers, By Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863)

This artwork, by the French artist Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863), was created as he visualized and practiced for a painting that he would produce...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad." From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "The course of true love never did run smooth" From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act I,...
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The Arming Of Erminia, Attributed To Gaspare Diziani (c. 1689-1767)

This artwork, painted by the Italian artist Gaspare Diziani (c. 1689-1767), was inspired by a curious poem called Gerusalemme liberata, written by the Italian...

Nauplios—An Ancient Greek Human Trafficker Of Myth

An intriguing character named Nauplios appeared from time to time in the tales of mythology about the gods and early hero-kings of the ancient...

Ægir’s Feast, By Constantin Hansen (c. 1804 – 1880)

This painting, by the Danish artist Constantin Hansen (c. 1804 – 1880), was inspired by a character named Ægir or Hler from a text...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (c. 1712-1778) "Not one of you is so ignorant as not to know that, when the laws lose their force and those who...

Emperor Jing’s Massacre Of The Xian And Zhou Families

During his time in power, Emperor Jing of Han Dynasty China (r. 157-141 BCE) became increasingly worried about the strength and influence of the...

Alexander The Great On His Sickbed, By Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (c. 1783 – 1853)

This painting, by the Danish artist Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (c. 1783 – 1853), depicts a specific tale about Alexander the Great that was said...

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (c. 1755/1757-1804) "Nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties." From The Federalist No....

The Tale Of Herfemar’s Standoff Against King Liutprand’s Palace Guards

In the early 8th century, a warrior named Herfemar served as a high-ranking advisor to Pemmo, a Lombard Duke of the Friuli region of...

The Birth Of Bacchus, By An 18th-Century Artist

This painting, by an unidentified 18th-century artist, strives to re-create the mythical birth scene of the ancient god, Bacchus—the Roman equivalent of the Greek...

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