Monday, September 28, 2020

Eteonicus’ Deceitful Withdrawal From Mytilene

In 406 BCE, Eteonicus was a trusted officer serving under the Spartan nauarch (or admiral), Callicratidas. Together, they campaigned against Athenian positions in the...

The Rebellion And Unconventional Killing Of Duke Berthefried

Around the year 587, three dukes formulated a dangerous conspiracy against King Childebert II of Austrasia (r. 575-595). Two of the conspirators were Berthefried...

Tyr and Fenrir, by John Bauer (c. 1882–1918)

This illustration, by the Swedish artist John Albert Bauer (c. 1882–1918), depicts a tale from Norse mythology. The wolfish figure on the left side...

Empress Theodora Vs. The Corrupt Letter-Writer Priscus

Procopius, a 6th-century lawyer, historian, and secretary to the prominent general, Belisarius, claimed that Emperor Justinian of Constantinople (r. 527-565) had in his employ...

How To End A Hailstorm, According To The Malleus Maleficarum

Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, who published the Malleus Maleficarum around 1487, believed that witches could weaponize weather, especially tempests and hailstorms. Naturally, if...

Illustration Of Fredegund’s Actions After The Death Of Her Son Theuderic, From A 14th-Century Manuscript Of The Chroniques de France ou de St Denis

This illustration comes from a 14th-century manuscript of the Chroniques de France ou de St Denis that is housed in The British Museum, where...

Illustration Of Harald Sigurdsson Attacking A Sicilian City, By Wilhelm Wetlesen (c. 1871-1925)

This image, created by the Norwegian artist Wilhelm Wetlesen (c. 1871-1925), was produced for an 1899 reprint of the Heimskringla—a medieval collection of sagas composed...

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph (Nez Percé/Nimiipuu leader, c. 1840-1904) "I believe much trouble and blood would be saved if we opened our hearts more." Chief Joseph’s Own Story,...

The Burning Of Sodom, By Camille Corot (c. 1796-1875)

This painting, by the French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (often shortened to just Camille Corot, c. 1796-1875), was inspired by the Biblical story of Sodom...

Alexander Entering Babylon, By Sébastien Leclerc (c. 1637-1714)

This drawing, by the French artist Sébastien Leclerc (c. 1637-1714), was inspired by accounts of Alexander the Great’s entrance into Babylon. The Macedonian conqueror...

Ulysses And The Sirens, Painted By John William Waterhouse (c. 1849–1917)

This painting, by the British artist John William Waterhouse (c. 1849–1917), depicts one of the famous obstacles faced by Odysseus (a name Latinized to...

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The Rebellion And Unconventional Killing Of Duke Berthefried

Around the year 587, three dukes formulated a dangerous conspiracy against King Childebert II of Austrasia (r. 575-595). Two of the conspirators were Berthefried...

Crossing The Rubicon, Commissioned By Jacob Abbot (c. 1803-1879)

This artwork, by an unknown artist, was commissioned by the American author, Jacob Abbot (c. 1803-1879), for use in his History of Julius Caesar,...

Illustration Of Harald Sigurdsson Attacking A Sicilian City, By Wilhelm Wetlesen (c. 1871-1925)

This image, created by the Norwegian artist Wilhelm Wetlesen (c. 1871-1925), was produced for an 1899 reprint of the Heimskringla—a medieval collection of sagas composed...

The Story Of Julius Caesar And The Sacred Grove Of Massilia

In 49 BCE, after Julius Caesar drove Pompey out of Italy at the start of their Roman civil war, Caesar next set his sights...

Ulysses And The Sirens, Painted By John William Waterhouse (c. 1849–1917)

This painting, by the British artist John William Waterhouse (c. 1849–1917), depicts one of the famous obstacles faced by Odysseus (a name Latinized to...

Humans Have Been Giving Milk To Cats For Thousands Of Years

Ancient Egyptians long had an intense love and protective disposition toward their cats. It was a distinct cultural feature that intrigued visitors from other...

Tyr and Fenrir, by John Bauer (c. 1882–1918)

This illustration, by the Swedish artist John Albert Bauer (c. 1882–1918), depicts a tale from Norse mythology. The wolfish figure on the left side...

Xenophon

  Xenophon (c. 420-350 BCE) "As you know, everything that belongs to the losers in a war becomes someone else's property, while if we win we...

Alexander The Great And The Family Of Darius, By Felice Giani (c. 1758–1823)

This drawing, created by the Italian artist Felice Giani (c. 1758–1823) and housed by the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, depicts an event from...

Sun Tzu

  Sun Tzu (sayings recorded between the 6th and 3rd centuries BCE) "Without its equipment, An army is lost; Without provisions, An army is lost; Without base stores, An army is...

The Drug-Fueled Assassination Plot Against The Royal Family Of Austrasia

Around 585 or 586, two suspicious individuals were arrested in the city of Soissons by Duke Rauching, one of the most talented manhunters of...

Plato

Plato (427-347 BCE) "We see the same thing simultaneously as one and as infinitely many." From Plato's Republic (Educating Philosopher Kings), translated by Robin Waterfield, 1994....

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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Alexander Entering Babylon, By Sébastien Leclerc (c. 1637-1714)

This drawing, by the French artist Sébastien Leclerc (c. 1637-1714), was inspired by accounts of Alexander the Great’s entrance into Babylon. The Macedonian conqueror...

Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "Hope is no good provider for a needy man sitting in the parlour without substance to depend on." From...

Ulysses And The Sirens, Painted By John William Waterhouse (c. 1849–1917)

This painting, by the British artist John William Waterhouse (c. 1849–1917), depicts one of the famous obstacles faced by Odysseus (a name Latinized to...

The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Louis David (c. 1748–1825)

This painting, by French artist Jacques-Louis David (c. 1748–1825), depicts the death scene of the famous Greek inquirer, Socrates. In 399 BCE, the seventy-year-old...

The Bloody-Armed Followers Of Bellona

Bellona was an ancient Roman war-goddess, often likened to the similar Greek war-goddess, Enyo. As a goddess of war, Bellona was always associated with...

Tacitus

Tacitus (c. 56/57-117) "Many insist that heaven is unconcerned with our births and deaths—is unconcerned, in fact, with human beings—so that the good often suffer,...

Crossing The Rubicon, Commissioned By Jacob Abbot (c. 1803-1879)

This artwork, by an unknown artist, was commissioned by the American author, Jacob Abbot (c. 1803-1879), for use in his History of Julius Caesar,...

Aeneas Meeting Pallas and Evander, By Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682)

This illustration, by the French artist Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682), depicts the meeting of several legendary and mythological figures. On the left side of...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "I dare engage, these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call...

Examination Of A Witch, Painted By Tompkins Harrison Matteson (c. 1813–1884)

This painting was created by the American artist, Tompkins Harrison Matteson (c. 1813–1884), and is housed within the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts....

Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe (c. 1373-1439+) "It is a pity that money should succeed before truth." The Book of Margery Kempe (Book 1, chapter 25), dictated by Margery...

The Assassination Of Edward The Martyr, By Joseph Martin Kronheim (c. 1810–1896)

This illustration, created by the German artist Joseph Martin Kronheim (c. 1810–1896), depicts the final moments of King Edward the Martyr of England, who...
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