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Confucius

Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE) "Respect the young. How do you know that they will not one day be all that you are now?" The Analects of...

Egil Skallagrimsson Vs. Berg Onund, Painted By Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870)

This painting, created by the Danish-Norwegian artist Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870), depicts a scene from Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic text that recounts tales about the...

The Humble Folklore Origins Of The Danes, According To Saxo Grammaticus

Saxo Grammaticus (c. 12th and 13th century), like other medieval and ancient historians, began his Gesta Danorum (History of the Danes) with an account...

Education Of The Sons Of Clovis, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912)

This painting, by the Dutch-British artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912), depicts a scene of daily life from the reign of King Clovis I of the...

Baptism of King Guthrum, by James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892)

This image was created by the artist James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892) and engraved for mass-production by Edmund Evans (1826–1905). It was one of...

Illustration of Einar Thambarskelfir by Christian Krohg (1852–1925)

In this image, the Norwegian artist Christian Krohg re-creates a peculiar tale about a man named Einar Thambarskelfir, found in the Heimskringla (History of...

King Guntram of Burgundy

King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593) "It is better that the one or two who are disobedient should perish rather than the wrath of God...

Egil Skallagrimsson Vs. Berg Onund, Painted By Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870)

This painting, created by the Danish-Norwegian artist Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870), depicts a scene from Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic text that recounts tales about the...

Education Of The Sons Of Clovis, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912)

This painting, by the Dutch-British artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912), depicts a scene of daily life from the reign of King Clovis I of the...

Baptism of King Guthrum, by James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892)

This image was created by the artist James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892) and engraved for mass-production by Edmund Evans (1826–1905). It was one of...

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Bernal Díaz’s Graphic Account Of The Human Sacrifice Of His Friends

Bernal Díaz del Castillo was an experienced conquistador who served on several Spanish voyages around Yucatan and Mexico, including the expedition of Hernan Cortes...

Egil Skallagrimsson Vs. Berg Onund, Painted By Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870)

This painting, created by the Danish-Norwegian artist Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870), depicts a scene from Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic text that recounts tales about the...

Illustration of Einar Thambarskelfir by Christian Krohg (1852–1925)

In this image, the Norwegian artist Christian Krohg re-creates a peculiar tale about a man named Einar Thambarskelfir, found in the Heimskringla (History of...

The Alexander Mosaic, By An Anonymous Artist In Pompeii

This mosaic is perhaps the most famous ancient image of Alexander the Great (r. 336-323 BCE), the king of Macedon who led his army...

The Humble Folklore Origins Of The Danes, According To Saxo Grammaticus

Saxo Grammaticus (c. 12th and 13th century), like other medieval and ancient historians, began his Gesta Danorum (History of the Danes) with an account...

Christopher Columbus Was On the Lookout For Monsters On His First Journey To The Americas

Faced with the great unknown as far as the eye can see, it is understandable for the human mind to run wild. When Christopher...

Confucius Reportedly Fantasized About Living With Ancient China’s Nomadic Neighbors

Like many artists and thinkers who would come after him, Master Kong (better known to English readers as Confucius) faced the frustrating experience of...

Emperor Vespasian Was Reportedly Pelted With Turnips

  Vespasian was born around the year 9, and in his early decades of life, he followed the average path of the up-and-coming Roman statesman....

Homer

Homer (8th and 7th century BCE Greek Poet) "Young men are never dependable, but when an old man takes a hand in such affairs, he considers...

Emperor Tiberius

  Emperor Tiberius (r. 14-47) "A good shepherd shears his flock; he does not flay them." In The Twelve Caesars (Tiberius, sec. 32), Suetonius recorded the above...

Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "A bad neighbor is as big a bane as a good one is a boon: he has good value...

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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Homer

  Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE) "The whole world prays that a heartless man who behaves heartlessly will suffer misfortune in his life, and derides him...

Rome’s Underwhelming First Reaction To Carthage’s First Meddling In Sicily

Ancient Romans and Carthaginians had known of each other for centuries before they ultimately clashed in the fateful Punic Wars of the 3rd and...

Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "Inhibition is no good provider for a needy man, Inhibition, which does men great harm and great good. Inhibition attaches to...

Circe And Her Swine, Painted By Briton Rivière (c. 1840-1920)

In this painting, the British artist Briton Rivière (c. 1840-1920) shows a scene of a goddess that the Greek hero, Odysseus, encountered during his...

Livy

Livy (59 BCE-17 CE) "A man will work hard and face risks when he can hope for profit and place as a result, and he...

Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl, by François Perrier (c. 1594–1649)

In the painting above, the French artist François Perrier (c. 1594–1649) re-created a scene from book 6 of The Aeneid, an epic poem written...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "The Madness of war is upon us, the power of iron, the fist, will confound all justice, and wicked crimes will be called virtue—and...

Rome’s Underwhelming First Reaction To Carthage’s First Meddling In Sicily

Ancient Romans and Carthaginians had known of each other for centuries before they ultimately clashed in the fateful Punic Wars of the 3rd and...

Baptism of King Guthrum, by James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892)

This image was created by the artist James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892) and engraved for mass-production by Edmund Evans (1826–1905). It was one of...

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....

Vicar Richard’s Bizarre Noon Encounter With A Mystic Woman

A man named Richard of Caister was the vicar of the church of St. Stephens in Norwich, England, from 1402 until 1420. In addition...
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