Tuesday, October 4, 2022

A Priest Of Aphrodite Halted A Persian Invasion Orchestrated By Shapur I

Shapur I (r. 239/242-270/272), of the Sasanian Persian Empire, had a long reign filled with impressive military successes, including the besting of at least...

The Tenth Day Of The Decameron, Painted By Thomas Stothard (c. 1755-1834)

This Painting, by the English artist Thomas Stothard (c. 1755-1834), brings to life the framework story of The Decameron, a masterpiece of literature written...

Æsir-Thor, By Lorenz Frølich (c. 1820-1908)

This watercolor illustration, by the Danish artist Lorenz Frølich (c. 1820-1908), depicts the famous troll-slaying and lightning-wielding god, Thor, from Norse mythology. As a...

The Tale Of Emperor Constans II’s Get-Away Using A Body Double At The Bay Of Phoenix

Emperor Constans II of Constantinople (r. 641-668) had a lot on his imperial plate when he ascended to the throne after a complicated succession....

The Bizarre Medieval Reputation Of The Abasgi People For Producing Most Of Constantinople’s Eunuchs

Regions often can acquire interesting reputations, such as being known for having intricate ceremonies and populations of great warriors, or being sea-faring people with...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "The bad state of the modern world is due— as you may see, then—to bad leadership; and not to natural corruption in you." ...

The Death Of Saint Louis, By Ary Scheffer (c. 1795-1858)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Ary Scheffer (c. 1795-1858), was inspired by the death scene of Saint Louis, more commonly known as King...

James Madison

James Madison (c. 1751-1836) "A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an...

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The Lesser-Known Tale Of Helen Never Actually Going To Troy

Queen Helen of Sparta came to be known as Helen of Troy because of the legendary story involving her being taken or lured away...

Æsir-Thor, By Lorenz Frølich (c. 1820-1908)

This watercolor illustration, by the Danish artist Lorenz Frølich (c. 1820-1908), depicts the famous troll-slaying and lightning-wielding god, Thor, from Norse mythology. As a...

The Combat of the Horatii and the Curiatii, by Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 – 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826)

This artwork, created by the French artist Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 - 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826), re-creates a story...

Alexander The Great And His Army Almost Drowned While They Were Dying Of Thirst In The Gedrosian Desert

  During 325 BCE, Alexander the Great completed his campaigns in India, having conquered any Indian kingdom that opposed his progress along the Indus River....

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) "The best public Measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous Wisdom but forc'd by the Occasion." From The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,...

Thucydides

  Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE) "One cannot regulate fortune to fit in with what one has decided one wants to happen." From a speech attributed to the...

Evening Of The Deluge, Painted By Joseph Mallord William Turner (c. 1775–1851)

Joseph Mallord William Turner (c. 1775–1851), an English painter usually known for bright, colorful and picturesque landscapes, decided on a darker theme for this...

The Other Buried Army Of Chinese Statues—The Tomb Of Emperor Jing

(Mausoleum of Jingdi, Han Emperor, Xianyang, near Xi'an, photographed by Han Yang Ling, via Creative Commons)   The great Terracotta Army of the first emperor...
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Aeschylus

The Ancient Advice For Masters Of Their Craft To Keep Taking Lessons Even After Achieving Greatness

Professional musicians often keep taking music lessons after ascending to stardom. Athletes continue working with coaches after they become professionals and Olympians. Lawyers often...

Picus And Circe, By Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705)

This painting, by the Italian artist Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705), was inspired by the ancient tale of Picus, a man of myth or legend...

The Myth Of The Rebuilding Of Pelops

Several ancient mythological figures, according to the tales told about them, were reportedly torn apart and put back together again by their loved ones....

Pliny the Younger

Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113) "No petition is so honourable as a loyal citizen's, none so effective as a friend's." The Letters of Pliny the...

The Combat of the Horatii and the Curiatii, by Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 – 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826)

This artwork, created by the French artist Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 - 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826), re-creates a story...

The Myth Of The Rebuilding Of Pelops

Several ancient mythological figures, according to the tales told about them, were reportedly torn apart and put back together again by their loved ones....

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 Combat of the Horatii and the Curiatii, by Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 – 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826)

This artwork, created by the French artist Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 - 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826), re-creates a story...

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Chuang Tzu (c. 370-287 BCE) "The understanding of the men of ancient times went a long way. How far did it go? To the point...

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Regions often can acquire interesting reputations, such as being known for having intricate ceremonies and populations of great warriors, or being sea-faring people with...

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This painting, by the Italian artist Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705), was inspired by the ancient tale of Picus, a man of myth or legend...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "The bad state of the modern world is due— as you may see, then—to bad leadership; and not to natural corruption in you." ...

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Several ancient mythological figures, according to the tales told about them, were reportedly torn apart and put back together again by their loved ones....

The Death Of Saint Louis, By Ary Scheffer (c. 1795-1858)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Ary Scheffer (c. 1795-1858), was inspired by the death scene of Saint Louis, more commonly known as King...

Cai Ze (recorded by Sima Qian)

Cai Ze (c. 3rd century BCE) "'The sun at its height moves on, the moon when it's full starts to wane. Things when they flourish...

The Tale Of The Ancient Roman Leaping Lovers At Lake Como

Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113)—a prolific letter-writing lawyer, statesman, and advisor in all things dealing with finance and inheritance—was one day yachting about Lake...

St. Genevieve Of Brabant In The Forest, By George Frederick Bensell (c. 1837-1879)

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