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The Tale Of The Catastrophic Rivalry Between Duke Ferdulf And Magistrate Argait

A man named Ferdulf was the Lombard duke of the Friuli region at the turn of the 7th and 8th centuries. While he was...

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The Monstrous Life Of Steinrod The Strong

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Arnefrit was from a noble family that owed its rise and its fall to the influence of King Grimoald of the Lombards (r. 662-671)....

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In ancient, medieval and modern times, one of the toughest Christian theological ideas for both Christians and non-Christians to grasp has been the Trinity....

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Oedipus At Colonus, Painted By Jean Antoine Théodore Giroust (c. 1753 – 1817)

This painting, by the French artist Jean Antoine Théodore Giroust (c. 1753 - 1817), was inspired by the life of Oedipus, perhaps one of...

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Aeneas Carrying Anchises Out Of Burning Troy, Painted By An Unidentified 17th-Century Artist

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), an English artist and scholar, painted these scenes of an encounter between the famous poet, Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321), and...

The Region Of Lydia Minted The First Greek Coinage To Circulate Around The Aegean Sea

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There Was A Brawl On The Senate Floor Between A Senator And A Congressman At The Onset Of The U. S. Civil War

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Oedipus At Colonus, Painted By Jean Antoine Théodore Giroust (c. 1753 – 1817)

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This painting, by the Italian artist Francesco Salvator Fontebasso (c. 1709 - 1769), draws its inspiration from an event that occurred during the remarkable...

Aeneas Carrying Anchises Out Of Burning Troy, Painted By An Unidentified 17th-Century Artist

This painting, created by an unidentified 17th-century Flemish artist who signed it with “W. D.”, is a copy of a different painting created by...

Antium’s Opportunistic Raids Of 340 BCE

In the year 340 BCE, the city of Antium watched with interest as its long-time foe, Rome, committed itself in a war against the...

Aeneas Carrying Anchises Out Of Burning Troy, Painted By An Unidentified 17th-Century Artist

This painting, created by an unidentified 17th-century Flemish artist who signed it with “W. D.”, is a copy of a different painting created by...

The Legend Of Titus Manlius Jr.’s Miscalculated Campaign To Impress His Father

In the year 340 BCE, the Roman Republic allied with the Samnites to attack the Latin League. That year, the experienced war hero and...

The Viking-British Sibling Settlers Of Iceland

Two brothers, Hildir and Hallgeir, along with their sister, Ljot, journeyed to Iceland during the so-called Age of Settlement (c. 860-930). This trio reportedly...

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During the last decade of the 10th century and the first decades of the 11th century, Norwegians must have been familiar with the name,...
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