Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Life And Dramatic Downfall Of Duke Guntram Boso

Duke Guntram Boso was a prominent Frankish nobleman who gained great notoriety (and some infamy) in the second half of the 6th century. He...

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...

Rinaldo And Armida, Painted By An Unknown Artist In The 16th Century

This worn and well-aged painting was created in the 16th century by an unidentified artist. Inspiration for this artwork came from the poem, Gerusalemme...

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...

Columbus Before The Queen, By Peter Frederick Rothermel (c. 1812-1895)

This painting, by the American artist Peter Frederick Rothermel (c. 1812-1895), depicts the explorer, Christopher Columbus, in an audience with his patron, Queen Isabella...

Machiavelli

Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "The worst that a prince has to expect from a hostile people is to be abandoned, but from hostile nobles he has...

Columbus Before The Queen, By Peter Frederick Rothermel (c. 1812-1895)

This painting, by the American artist Peter Frederick Rothermel (c. 1812-1895), depicts the explorer, Christopher Columbus, in an audience with his patron, Queen Isabella...

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The Legend Of Queen Zarinaia Of The Sacae

Ctesias of Cnidus was a Greek physician and historian who found work in the Achaemenid Empire of Persia during the late 5th century BCE....

Polycrates And The Fisherman, Painted By Salvator Rosa (c. 1615–1673)

This painting, by the Italian artist Salvator Rosa (c. 1615–1673), re-creates a famous legend about Polycrates, ruler of the Greek island of Samos from...

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...

The Comical Tale About The Ugly Feet Of Thórarin Nefjólfsson

  A prominent Icelandic merchant named Thórarin Nefjólfsson happened to be in Túnsberg (now Tønsberg), Norway, at a time when King Olaf II Haraldsson (r....

Benjamin Franklin

  Benjamin Franklin (c. 1706-1790) "Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody." From Poor Richard's...

King Gundobad Of Burgundy And The Covert Capture Of Vienne

  Sometime after the year 500, a Burgundian warlord named Gundobad besieged his own brother in the city of Vienne, France. The trapped brother, whose...

The Didache

  The Didache (anonymously-written Christian text, created around year 100) "Do not hate anybody; but reprove some, pray for others, and still others love more than...

The United States’ Founding Fathers Also Revolutionized Chairs

  The two most widely recognized revolutionaries of the United States, save George Washington, are Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Jefferson was a reserved man,...
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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...

Theocritus, Painted By Jean Charles Cazin (c. 1841-1901)

This painting, by the French artist Jean Charles Cazin (c. 1841-1901), was named after and inspired by the ancient poet, Theocritus (c. 3rd century...

Alcibiades And Socrates, Painted By François André Vincent (c. 1746-1816)

In this painting, the French artist, François André Vincent (c. 1746-1816), features two prominent figures from the history of ancient Greece. On the left...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "Will you never look at facts rather than at those who put them to you?" The History of Rome (book 6,...

Valentinus Taken Prisoner, Painted By Otto van Veen (c. 1556–1629)

This painting, by the Dutch-Flemish artist Otto van Veen (c. 1556–1629), was inspired by ancient history. Particularly, it features a scene from a Gallic-Germanic...

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...

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...

The Awkward Banquet Of Thorir Olvirsson

Thorir Olvirsson was an up-and-coming, youthful 11th-century Norwegian nobleman who cultivated a lot of good will with the people living in the regions around...

King William Rufus’ Constructive Strategy Against Earl Robert Of Northumberland

Robert de Mowbray became the Earl of Northumberland shortly before the death of William the Conqueror in 1087. After the death of the conqueror,...
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In the Forum of the ancient city of Rome, a shallow pool could be found that was known by the name, Lacus Curtius. This...

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Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "We can in our speculations postulate any ideal conditions we like, but they should at least be within the limits of...

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...

Rinaldo And Armida, Painted By An Unknown Artist In The 16th Century

This worn and well-aged painting was created in the 16th century by an unidentified artist. Inspiration for this artwork came from the poem, Gerusalemme...

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...

Columbus Before The Queen, By Peter Frederick Rothermel (c. 1812-1895)

This painting, by the American artist Peter Frederick Rothermel (c. 1812-1895), depicts the explorer, Christopher Columbus, in an audience with his patron, Queen Isabella...

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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...

The Horse Fight At Hlidarendi, Painted By August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), was inspired by a scene from Njal’s Saga, written in Iceland during the 13th...

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