Monday, April 6, 2020

The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita (dated between the 2nd century BCE and 2nd century CE) "When the mind is led by the roving senses, then it steals one's wisdom like the wind steals...

The Embarrassing Failed Invasion Of Crete By Constantine VII

Emperor Constantine VII of Constantinople (r. 913-959) had a bizarre reign. He ascended to the throne as a child, and after his marriage to...

The Decameron, Painted By John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

In the colorful painting above, artist John William Waterhouse (1849–1917) brings to life the framework story of The Decameron, a masterpiece of literature written...

Thor Vs The Midgard Serpent, By Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922)

In the action-packed scene above, the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922) recreated an apocalyptic showdown between figures from Norse mythology. On the Right,...

Olvir Of Egg And His Downfall In An Ambush By Saint Olaf

Olaf Haraldsson, a Christian convert with a background as a Viking and a mercenary, declared himself to be the next king of Norway in...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "Of gold and silver ye have made your god, Differing wherein from the idolater, But that he worships one, a hundred ye?" Dante Alighieri’s Divine...

The Tale Of A Medieval Thief Who Confessed To His Crimes Because Of A Muscle Spasm

Around 585, Bishop Gregory Of Tours (c. 539-594) traveled through a community called Carignan, located where the Chiers and the Meuse Rivers meet. A...

The Decameron, Painted By John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

In the colorful painting above, artist John William Waterhouse (1849–1917) brings to life the framework story of The Decameron, a masterpiece of literature written...

Thor Vs The Midgard Serpent, By Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922)

In the action-packed scene above, the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922) recreated an apocalyptic showdown between figures from Norse mythology. On the Right,...

Calgacus at Mons Graupius, by William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885)

In the scene displayed above, the British illustrator William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885) brought to life a pre-battle speech said to have occurred in the...

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Thor Vs The Midgard Serpent, By Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922)

In the action-packed scene above, the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922) recreated an apocalyptic showdown between figures from Norse mythology. On the Right,...

Calgacus at Mons Graupius, by William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885)

In the scene displayed above, the British illustrator William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885) brought to life a pre-battle speech said to have occurred in the...

Surrender Of King John II Of France At The Battle Of Poitiers, By Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909)

This image, created by the French artist Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909), depicts the surrender of King John II of France to the forces of...

Li Guangli’s Incredibly Costly Campaign In Dayuan

In 104 BCE, Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty in China (r. 141-87 BCE) sent Li Guangli west to campaign against a kingdom they...

Thor Vs The Midgard Serpent, By Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922)

In the action-packed scene above, the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922) recreated an apocalyptic showdown between figures from Norse mythology. On the Right,...

Aeneas’ Flight From Troy, By Federico Barocci (16th Century)

This scene, painted by the 16th-century Italian artist Frederico Barocci, depicts the famous escape of Aeneas from Ilium at the end of the legendary...

The Tale Of A Medieval Thief Who Confessed To His Crimes Because Of A Muscle Spasm

Around 585, Bishop Gregory Of Tours (c. 539-594) traveled through a community called Carignan, located where the Chiers and the Meuse Rivers meet. A...

The Horror Stories Of Duke Rauching And The Sad Tale Of His Runaway Servants

  Duke Rauching was a leading Frankish nobleman of the 6th century who lived and died by the courtly intrigue of the Merovingian era. He...

Sima Qian

  Sima Qian (c. 145-90 BCE) "Truly, whether one achieves order or unrest in government depends in the end upon how well one plans." From the Records...

Geoffrey Chaucer

  Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400) "He who accepts his poverty unhurt I'd say is rich although he lacked a shirt, But truly poor are they who whine and...

Geoffrey Chaucer

  Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400) "Never let innocence besot your head, But take the helm yourselves and trim the sail." The Canterbury Tales (Envoy to the Clerk's Tale) by...

10 Wise Quotes From Anna Komnene

Check out our Youtube channel HERE. Anna Komnene was born to Emperor Alexios and Empress Eirene in 1083, just two years after Alexios wrested the...

10 Insightful Thucydides Quotes

Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE) was an Athenian general and historian who lived through the Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BCE) between Athens and Sparta. He...

Ten Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 to David and Elizabeth Poe, two actors who lived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, David...

10 Witty Quotes From Benjamin Franklin

Over the course of his life, Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790) underwent a tremendous transformation, from a poorly educated boy who ran away from his...
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Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "Most people seem to want to be loved rather than to love, the reason being their desire for honour." From The Nicomachean Ethics...

Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "If your spirit in your breast yearns for riches, do as follows, and work, work upon work." From Hesiod’s Works and...

Triumph Of Achilles, Painted In 1892 By Franz Von Matsch (c. 1861-1942)

This painting, created in 1892 by the Austrian artist, Franz von Matsch (c. 1861-1942), depicts an ignoble scene of Achilles from the legendary Trojan...

Thucydides

Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE) "He who thinks of his own pleasures and shrinks from fighting is very likely, because of his irresolution, to lose those...

Calgacus at Mons Graupius, by William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885)

In the scene displayed above, the British illustrator William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885) brought to life a pre-battle speech said to have occurred in the...

Aeneas’ Flight From Troy, By Federico Barocci (16th Century)

This scene, painted by the 16th-century Italian artist Frederico Barocci, depicts the famous escape of Aeneas from Ilium at the end of the legendary...

The Generous Rise And Authoritarian Crash Of Spurius Maelius

According to ancient scholars such as Quintus Ennius (c. 239-169 BCE), Lucius Cincius Alimentus (flourished c. 200 BCE) and Livy (59 BCE-17 CE), their...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17CE) "The enemy are at the gates. If he is not forced back, we shall soon be fighting in the streets." The History...

Surrender Of King John II Of France At The Battle Of Poitiers, By Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909)

This image, created by the French artist Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909), depicts the surrender of King John II of France to the forces of...

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1314-1400) "Think! We are prisoners and shall always be. Fortune has given us this adversity, Some wicked planetary dispensation, Some Saturn's trick or evil constellation Has...

The Curious Response Of William The Conqueror’s Contemporaries To His Domesday Book

In 1086, William the Conqueror launched his plan to survey and analyze the lands he controlled in England. It was a project which would...

Operation Titanic And The Airborne Invasion Of The Ruperts

As the date of the D-Day invasion of Normandy approached during WWII, the allied forces barraged Germany with a slew of deceptions. In order...
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This scene, painted by the 16th-century Italian artist Frederico Barocci, depicts the famous escape of Aeneas from Ilium at the end of the legendary...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "Of gold and silver ye have made your god, Differing wherein from the idolater, But that he worships one, a hundred ye?" Dante Alighieri’s Divine...

The Tale Of A Medieval Thief Who Confessed To His Crimes Because Of A Muscle Spasm

Around 585, Bishop Gregory Of Tours (c. 539-594) traveled through a community called Carignan, located where the Chiers and the Meuse Rivers meet. A...

Surrender Of King John II Of France At The Battle Of Poitiers, By Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909)

This image, created by the French artist Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909), depicts the surrender of King John II of France to the forces of...

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The Buddha (c. 6th-5th century BCE) "An uninstructed person ages like an ox: his bulk increases, his insight does not." The Dhammapada (Verses on the Way, Chapter 11), recorded in...

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According to ancient scholars such as Quintus Ennius (c. 239-169 BCE), Lucius Cincius Alimentus (flourished c. 200 BCE) and Livy (59 BCE-17 CE), their...

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Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "If your spirit in your breast yearns for riches, do as follows, and work, work upon work." From Hesiod’s Works and...

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By mid-year in 585, King Guntram was the undisputed senior member of the Frankish Merovingian Dynasty in France and he was able to bring...

The Long Serpent, Illustrated by Halfdan Egedius (1877–1899)

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Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (c. 6th-5th century BCE) "The empire is a sacred vessel and nothing should be done to it. Whoever does anything to it will...

Virgil

  Virgil (c. 70-19 BCE) "Since Fortune's got the upper hand, let's follow her where she calls and change course." From The Aeneid (Book V) by Virgil, translated...

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "Injustice armed is hardest to deal with; and though man is born with weapons which he can use in the service...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "Are we never to make changes? Because a thing had not been done before--and in a young country there are...
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