Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Deadly Overextension of Chramnichis Against The Lombards

After suffering several raids from the Lombards between 570 and 575, the Frankish King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593) decided to take preventative action...

The Tale Of Saint Olaf’s Fiery Conversion Of The Lake Vangsmjøse Region

Despite being posthumously labeled as a saint, King Olaf II of Norway (r. 1015-1028) rarely acted saintly. He gained his title of sainthood due...

Machiavelli

Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "How we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what...

The Bizarre Medieval Tale Of A Miraculous Spiritual Leader Who Was Assassinated By A Bishop

In the 6th century, an intriguing figure was born in the vicinity of Bourges, in central Gaul (now France). His name, unfortunately, has been...

The Tale Of The Disappearing Faroe Tribute Ships Of King Olaf II Of Norway

Toward the end of the reign of King Olaf II of Norway (r. 1015-1028), the king began offering overtures of vassalage and tribute payment...

The Tale Of Delirious Bishop Gunther

A man named Gunthar was the seventeenth person to fill the role of bishop of Tours, or technically the eighteenth if a pair of...

Machiavelli

Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "How we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what...

Coriolanus, by Henry Singleton (c. 1766-1839)

This illustration, created by the English artist Henry Singleton (c. 1766-1839) and printed by H. Gillbank in 1802, was inspired by the legend of...

Julius Caesar’s Dismay Upon Seeing The Head Of Pompey, By Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (c. 1725–1805)

This painting, by the French artist Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (c. 1725–1805), tells the story of the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar’s, reaction upon his learning of...

The Death Of Caesar, Painted By Jean-Léon Gérôme (c. 1824-1904)

This painting, by the French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme (c. 1824-1904), depicts the assassination of the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, on the Ides of March...

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Coriolanus, by Henry Singleton (c. 1766-1839)

This illustration, created by the English artist Henry Singleton (c. 1766-1839) and printed by H. Gillbank in 1802, was inspired by the legend of...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "Sometimes a war is entered upon, because the enemy is too strong, and sometimes because he is too weak. Sometimes our...

Julius Caesar And His Army Cross The Rubicon, By Bartolomeo Pinelli (c. 1781-1835)

This illustration, by the Italian artist Bartolomeo Pinelli (c. 1781-1835), depicts Julius Caesar’s famous crossing of the Rubicon—a small stream that, in Caesar’s day,...

Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu (sayings recorded between 6th-3rd century BCE) "With an understanding of Weakness and Strength, An army Can strike Like a millstone Cast at an egg." Sun Tzu’s The Art of War...

The Tale Of Saint Olaf’s Fiery Conversion Of The Lake Vangsmjøse Region

Despite being posthumously labeled as a saint, King Olaf II of Norway (r. 1015-1028) rarely acted saintly. He gained his title of sainthood due...

The Odd Myth Of Semiramis’ Army Of Fake Elephants

Semiramis was a legendary and mythologized figure whose tales likely were built around the historical Assyrian Queen Sammu-Ramat, who held power as a regent...

Blind Orion Searching For The Rising Sun, Painted By Nicolas Poussin (c. 1594–1665)

This painting, by the French artist Nicolas Poussin (c. 1594–1665), illustrates a tale about the Greek mythological figure, Orion. In the prelude to this...

The Battle of Mons Graupius

  Julius Agricola arrived in Britannia in the year 77 and took up the office of governor. He had a decorated résumé, as he previously...

The Banquet-Inspired Raid Of Saktikios

  Simeon I of Bulgaria (r. 893-927) was a constant and formidable foe of the emperors of Constantinople. As the Bulgarian leader declared war on...

Tacitus

  Tacitus (c. 56-117+) "Apprehension and terror are weak bonds of affection; just break them, and, where fear has ended, hatred will begin." Tacitus wrote this quote...

The Miraculous Prisoner Rescue Of Saint Eparchius

  Saint Eparchius was an influential 6th-century priest from the region of Pèrigueux, France. He eventually moved to Angoulême, where, for a time, he lived...

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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Blind Orion Searching For The Rising Sun, Painted By Nicolas Poussin (c. 1594–1665)

This painting, by the French artist Nicolas Poussin (c. 1594–1665), illustrates a tale about the Greek mythological figure, Orion. In the prelude to this...

Pygmalion From A 14th-Century Manuscript

This illustration is from a 14th-century manuscript of the poem, Roman de la Rose, written by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun in...

Triton, By Jacob de Gheyn III (c. 1596-1641)

This illustration, created by the Dutch engraver Jacob de Gheyn III (c. 1596-1641), depicts the ancient Greco-Roman sea-god, Triton. Although not as powerful as...

The Sacrifice Of Polyxena, Painted By Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (c. 1610-1662)

This painting, created by the Italian artist Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (c. 1610-1662), was inspired by the tragic myth of Polyxena. She was the daughter...

Coriolanus, by Henry Singleton (c. 1766-1839)

This illustration, created by the English artist Henry Singleton (c. 1766-1839) and printed by H. Gillbank in 1802, was inspired by the legend of...

Julius Caesar’s Dismay Upon Seeing The Head Of Pompey, By Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (c. 1725–1805)

This painting, by the French artist Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (c. 1725–1805), tells the story of the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar’s, reaction upon his learning of...

The Death Of Caesar, Painted By Jean-Léon Gérôme (c. 1824-1904)

This painting, by the French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme (c. 1824-1904), depicts the assassination of the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, on the Ides of March...

Pygmalion From A 14th-Century Manuscript

This illustration is from a 14th-century manuscript of the poem, Roman de la Rose, written by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun in...

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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