Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Prioress’s Tale, Painted By Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898)

This painting, by Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898), re-creates with paint a story that was told by the English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400). Burne-Jones’s inspiration...

King Ælla’s Messengers Before Ragnar Lodbrok’s Sons, Painted by August Malmström (c. 1829–1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829–1901), depicts some of the most famous figures from the Viking Age. On the left...

The Story Of Philoraios, A Talented Showman Bodyguard In Constantinople

Philoraios was a bodyguard known to have been working in Constantinople during the reign of Emperor Romanos II (r. 959-963). He was employed by...

The Thousand and One Nights

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Capture Of King Gryting By Harald Finehair, Artwork By Erik Werenskiold (c. 1855-1938)

This image, created by the Norwegian artist Erik Werenskiold (c. 1855-1938), is one of many illustrations made for an 1899 reprint of the Heimskringla,...

The Last Moments Of Chlodobert, Painted By Albert Maignan (1845–1908)

This painting, by the French artist Albert Maignan (1845–1908), depicts the death of  Chlodobert, son of the Frankish King Chilperic I (r. 561-584) and...

The Story Of The Poetic Protest Graffiti Left On Hernan Cortes’ Walls

Dividing wealth among treasure-hunters is often a tense task, prone to arguments and suspicion, but relationships in such situations can become especially strained when...

The Prioress’s Tale, Painted By Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898)

This painting, by Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898), re-creates with paint a story that was told by the English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1342-1400). Burne-Jones’s inspiration...

Birth of Minerva, painted by René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710)

This painting, created by the French artist René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710), depicts the origin story of a prominent member of the Greco-Roman pantheon of...

King Ælla’s Messengers Before Ragnar Lodbrok’s Sons, Painted by August Malmström (c. 1829–1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829–1901), depicts some of the most famous figures from the Viking Age. On the left...

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The Story Of The Poetic Protest Graffiti Left On Hernan Cortes’ Walls

Dividing wealth among treasure-hunters is often a tense task, prone to arguments and suspicion, but relationships in such situations can become especially strained when...

The Bizarre Legend Of The Entrail Heist Before The Roman Siege Of Veii

Unfortunately, history for the period of the Third Veientine War between Rome and Veii is incredibly vague. It was such a pivotal and prideful...

The Sneaky Volscian Infiltration Of A Roman Garrison At Anxur

Well into the Third Veientine War (c. 406-396 BCE), when the Roman Republic was in its final struggle against the city of Veii, a...

Capture Of King Gryting By Harald Finehair, Artwork By Erik Werenskiold (c. 1855-1938)

This image, created by the Norwegian artist Erik Werenskiold (c. 1855-1938), is one of many illustrations made for an 1899 reprint of the Heimskringla,...

The Mysterious Deaths Of King Liu Chang And His Negligent Minders

King Liu Chang of Huainan was the son of Emperor Gaozu (r. 202-195) and the half-brother of emperors Hui (r. 195-188 BCE) and Wen...

Birth of Minerva, painted by René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710)

This painting, created by the French artist René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710), depicts the origin story of a prominent member of the Greco-Roman pantheon of...

The Bizarre Legend Of The Entrail Heist Before The Roman Siege Of Veii

Unfortunately, history for the period of the Third Veientine War between Rome and Veii is incredibly vague. It was such a pivotal and prideful...

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Herodotus (490-425/420 BCE) "I propose that we do away with the monarchy, and raise the people to power; for the stat and the people are...

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  Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE) "So long as the ruler loves ritual, the people will be easy to handle." The Analects of Confucius (Book XIV, section 44) translated...

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  Edgar Allan Poe (c. 1809-1849) "The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends,...

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  Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "It is proportional requital that holds the state together; because people expect either to return evil for evil - and if...

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...

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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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Diodorus Siculus

Diodorus Siculus (c. 1st century BCE) "The understanding of the failures and successes of other men acquired by the study of history, affords a schooling...

Birth of Minerva, painted by René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710)

This painting, created by the French artist René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710), depicts the origin story of a prominent member of the Greco-Roman pantheon of...

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "The man who exercises his intellect and cultivates it seems likely to be in the best state of mind and to...

Athena Appearing To Odysseus To Reveal The Island Of Ithaca, By Giuseppe Bottani (1717–1784)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giuseppe Bottani (1717–1784), re-creates a scene from the final stretch of Odysseus’ much-troubled journey home in the years...

Diodorus Siculus

Diodorus Siculus (c. 1st century BCE) "The understanding of the failures and successes of other men acquired by the study of history, affords a schooling...

Birth of Minerva, painted by René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710)

This painting, created by the French artist René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710), depicts the origin story of a prominent member of the Greco-Roman pantheon of...

The Bizarre Legend Of The Entrail Heist Before The Roman Siege Of Veii

Unfortunately, history for the period of the Third Veientine War between Rome and Veii is incredibly vague. It was such a pivotal and prideful...

The Sneaky Volscian Infiltration Of A Roman Garrison At Anxur

Well into the Third Veientine War (c. 406-396 BCE), when the Roman Republic was in its final struggle against the city of Veii, a...

King Ælla’s Messengers Before Ragnar Lodbrok’s Sons, Painted by August Malmström (c. 1829–1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829–1901), depicts some of the most famous figures from the Viking Age. On the left...

Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe (c. 1373-1439+) "There is no gift so holy as is the gift of love, nor anything so much to be desired as love,...

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...
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