Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "The highest Good Unlimited, ineffable, doth so speed To love, as beam to lucid body darts, Giving as much of ardour as it finds." ...

Gisa—The Unrescued Daughter Of King Grimoald

Emperor Constans II ascended to the throne of the Empire of Constantinople in 641. About two decades later, around the year 662/663, Constans notably...

The Impressive, Battle-Winning, Stab Of Amalong At The Battle Of Forino

Between the years 662 and 663, Emperor Constans II of Constantinople (r. 641-668) personally sailed off from his base of power in Greece and...

The Crash And Camel Stories Of The Colossus Of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the so-called Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was a bronze and iron statue of the sun-god, Helios,...

Rinaldo And The Mirror-Shield, Painted By Francesco Maffei (c. 1605 – 1660)

This painting, by the Italian artist Francesco Maffei (c. 1605 – 1660), re-creates a fantastical episode from the poetic works of Torquato Tasso (c....

The Curious Origin Of Yngvild All-Men’s-Sister’s Name

A woman known as Yngvild All-Men’s-Sister lived in Iceland around the 10th century. Her parents were Hamund Hell-Skin and Helga Helgadottir, but there was...

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph (Nez Percé/Nimiipuu leader, c. 1840-1904) "I have heard talk and talk, but nothing is done. Good words do not last long until they amount...

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The Satyr And The Peasant, By Johann Liss (1597 – 1631)

This painting, by the German artist Johann Liss (1597 - 1631), was inspired by one of the fables attributed to the legendary tale-teller, Aesop,...

Tarquin The Elder Consulting Attus Navius, Painted by Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659 – 1734)

This painting, created by Italian artist Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659 - 1734), brings to life an interesting legend from the history of ancient Rome....

The Judgment Of Jupiter, By Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872)

This painting, by the American artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872), depicts a scene of Greco-Roman mythology. Although the painter graced the work...

The Tale Of The Vanished Steward, Areobindus

In an odd text called the Anecdota (or the Secret History), a 6th-century historian named Procopius compiled a slew of nasty rumors, conspiracies, scandals,...

Socrates

Socrates (c. 469-399 BCE) "Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively." This...

The Bizarre Legend Of King Guntram Being Led To A Treasure By A Dream Reptile

King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593), even during his own lifetime, was rumored to be able to perform miracles. Guntram’s acquaintances in the church,...

Anna Komnene

Anna Komnene (Princess of the Byzantine Empire, 1083-1153) "Blaming that which is blameless (a human characteristic which was after all familiar to Homer's Muse too)...

Confucius

Confucius (Lived around 551-479 BCE) "He who will not worry about what is far off will soon find something worse than worry close at hand." From...
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The Satyr And The Peasant, By Johann Liss (1597 – 1631)

This painting, by the German artist Johann Liss (1597 - 1631), was inspired by one of the fables attributed to the legendary tale-teller, Aesop,...

The Crash And Camel Stories Of The Colossus Of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the so-called Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was a bronze and iron statue of the sun-god, Helios,...

An Ancient Law So Bad That It Served As Aristotle’s Prime Example Of Laws That Need Amending

In regard to amending laws, the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE), believed that law codes should indeed be fixed and improved when...

Death Of Messalina, Painted By Francesco Solimena (c. 1657 – 1747)

This painting, by the Italian artist Francesco Solimena (c. 1657 - 1747), was inspired by the historical death of Empress Messalina, a wife of...

Tarquin The Elder Consulting Attus Navius, Painted by Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659 – 1734)

This painting, created by Italian artist Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659 - 1734), brings to life an interesting legend from the history of ancient Rome....

Verginius Rufus’ Surprising Rejection Of A Chance To Become Emperor Of Rome

In the year 68, Lucius Verginius Rufus was serving as a Roman governor on the German border when he learned that Gaius Julius Vindex,...

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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Verginius Rufus’ Surprising Rejection Of A Chance To Become Emperor Of Rome

In the year 68, Lucius Verginius Rufus was serving as a Roman governor on the German border when he learned that Gaius Julius Vindex,...

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This painting, by the American artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872), depicts a scene of Greco-Roman mythology. Although the painter graced the work...

An Ancient Law So Bad That It Served As Aristotle’s Prime Example Of Laws That Need Amending

In regard to amending laws, the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE), believed that law codes should indeed be fixed and improved when...

The Battle Of The Soldiers Born Of The Serpent’s Teeth, Painted By Jean-François de Troy (c. 1679 -1752)

This painting, by the French artist Jean-François de Troy (c. 1679 -1752), depicts an ancient Greek tale of a brawl between magical warriors who...

Socrates

Socrates (c. 469-399 BCE) "The lover of inquiry must follow his beloved wherever it may lead him." This saying, attributed to Socrates, was recorded in...

Emperor Claudius’ Unsuccessful Mission To Secretly Attend A Roman Historian’s Public Reading

According to Roman tradition, the Roman Emperor Claudius (r. 41-54) was one day strolling through the city of Rome when he learned that a...

Priestess of Delphi, by John Collier (c. 1850 – 1934)

This painting, by the British artist John Collier (c. 1850 – 1934), endeavors to bring to life an ancient priestess from the famous temple...

The Curious Origin Of Yngvild All-Men’s-Sister’s Name

A woman known as Yngvild All-Men’s-Sister lived in Iceland around the 10th century. Her parents were Hamund Hell-Skin and Helga Helgadottir, but there was...

Oedipus At Colonus, Painted By Fulchran Jean Harriet (c. 1778-1805)

This painting, by the French artist Fulchran Jean Harriet (c. 1778-1805), takes its name from the last play that the ancient Greek playwright, Sophocles...

Ovid

Ovid (43 BCE-17 CE) "If you want a cure for slackness, fall in love!" From The Amores (1.9.46) by Ovid, translated by Peter Green in...

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