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Aldo, Grasuo, And The Buzzy Legend Of A Medieval Italian Shapeshifter Who Saved Their Lives

Aldo and Grasuo were the names of two wealthy noblemen brothers who reportedly hailed from the Brescia region of Italy in the 7th century....

People Who Professed Disbelief In Witchcraft Were Deemed Highly Suspect Of Being Witches

During the height of the regrettable witch-hunting craze in Europe and its colonies, numerous theologians and inquisitors built careers and reputations by theorizing about...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Whatever happens, my fate can be no worse than that of the fine-grained dust, which, when a gale blows, either stays...

The Rise And Decline Of Japan’s Cloistered Governments And The Disastrous 1-Month Challenge Of Ex-Emperor Go-Toba Against The Kamakura Bakufu

Japan’s imperial dynasty, the Yamato Dynasty, traces its origins back to times of myth and legend, but its imperial government apparatus really began to...

Duke Romoald II Of Benevento And The Crazy Succession After His Death

Romoald (or Romuald) II, son of Duke Gisulf I of the Beneventan Lombards, succeeded his father as Duke of Benevento around the year 706....

The Revenge And New Life Of Thorstein Asgrimsson

Thorstein Asgrimsson was a Norwegian man who lived around the 9th and 10th century. He was said to have come from a line of...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "The course of true love never did run smooth" From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act I,...

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Aldo, Grasuo, And The Buzzy Legend Of A Medieval Italian Shapeshifter Who Saved Their Lives

Aldo and Grasuo were the names of two wealthy noblemen brothers who reportedly hailed from the Brescia region of Italy in the 7th century....

The Sacrifice Of Iphigenia, Painted By Vinzenz Fischer (c. 1729 – 1810)

This painting was created by the artist, Vinzenz Fischer (c. 1729 – 1810), who operated out of Austria. In this artwork, Fischer re-creates the...

The Mythical Greek Ship, The Argo, Could Talk To Its Sailors

Of the ancient ships featured in Greek myth and legend, few were as famous as a vessel called the Argo. It was a fifty-oar...

Legendary Monster Clouds Near Cyrene

Diodorus Siculus (c. 1st century BCE) was an ancient scholar from Sicily who compiled, combined, and (for the most part) chronologically organized the content...

The Dramatic Death of Duke Rauching

Duke Rauching was an influential Frankish nobleman in the 6th century, whose specialty was to hunt down and arrest renegade noblemen who had run...

Anna Komnene

  Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153) "The opposition is strong when the whole body is welded together and of one mind; but let there be faction, and...

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  Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400) "God has some secrets that we shouldn't know. How blessed are the simple, aya, indeed, That only know enough to say their creed!" The...

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

Halfdan Egedius (c. 1877-1899), a Norwegian artist, illustrated this scene for an 1899 edition of the Heimskringla, an ambitious text by the medieval historian...
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The Mythical Greek Ship, The Argo, Could Talk To Its Sailors

Of the ancient ships featured in Greek myth and legend, few were as famous as a vessel called the Argo. It was a fifty-oar...

Alexander and Bucephalas, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770), was inspired by ancient stories about the first meeting of Alexander the Great...

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Aeschylus (c. 525-456 BCE) "Neither the life of anarchy nor the life enslaved by tyrants, no, worship neither." From The Eumenides (approximately between lines 508-549) by Aeschylus, translated...

Was The Head Of Pompey The Great Embalmed?

In the Autumn of 48 BCE, the defeated Roman general, Pompey, arrived in Ptolemaic Egypt—a possible safe haven and potential ally—after being decisively beaten...

The Retirement Lifestyle And Awkward Pre-Bath Ritual Of The Roman Statesman Spurinna

Titus Vestricius Spurinna (c. 24/25-101/102+) lived an accomplished life in imperial Rome. He was an admirable military commander, held the auspicious political office of...

The Abduction Of The Sabines, Painted By Girolamo del Pacchia (c. 1477 – 1533)

This painting, by the Italian artist Girolamo del Pacchia (c. 1477 - 1533), was inspired by an infamous legend involving the ancient Romans and...

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays; the more the pity, that some...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 - 1616) "Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes,...

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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Romoald (or Romuald) II, son of Duke Gisulf I of the Beneventan Lombards, succeeded his father as Duke of Benevento around the year 706....

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