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Valhalla, Illustrated By Emil Doepler (c. 1855-1922)

This boisterous illustration by the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855-1922) is a depiction of Valhöll (better known as Valhalla), the great hall of...

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This painting, by the English artist John William Waterhouse (1849–1917), depicts two ill-fated lovers from Greek legend and mythology. On the right, the armed...

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When A Spartan Fleet Was Devastated In 410 BCE, The Persians Helped Them Rebuild

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When A Spartan Fleet Was Devastated In 410 BCE, The Persians Helped Them Rebuild

At the start of the second phase of the decades-long Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BCE) between the alliances of Athens and Sparta, an Athenian...

Hesiod and the Muse painted by Gustave Moreau (c. 1826–1898)

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The Costly Aggression Of Labici

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The Battle of Stamford Bridge, painted by Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831–1892)

This image, painted by the Norwegian artist Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831–1892), showcases the deadly clash between King Harald “Hardrada” Sigurdsson of Norway and...

Edmund Ironside And Canute The Great, Painted by Matthew Paris (d. 1259) For His Chronica Majora

This image, created by the monk, historian and artist Matthew Paris (d. 1259) for his Chronica Majora, depicts an interesting tale from English history....
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