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The Legend Of Tusculum’s Peaceful Gamble To Avoid Punishment From Rome

In the aftermath of the Gallic sack of Rome, dated between 390-386 BCE, the Romans had to reassert their power in Italy. Enemies needed...

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The Legend Of Tusculum’s Peaceful Gamble To Avoid Punishment From Rome

In the aftermath of the Gallic sack of Rome, dated between 390-386 BCE, the Romans had to reassert their power in Italy. Enemies needed...

The Legend Of Duke Ariulf’s Guardian Saint

Duke Ariulf ruled the dukedom of Spoleto for just over a decade at the turn of the 6th and 7th centuries. He was the...

Vertumnus And Pomona, By Jan Tengnagel (c. 1584-1635)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Jan Tengnagel (c. 1584-1635), depicts a myth about the god Vertumnus and the goddess Pomona. In the scene...

Aristotle

  Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "As a matter of fact, every bad man is ignorant of what he ought to do and refrain from doing, and...

The Tale of Priestess-Architect Aristarcha And Her Dream Blueprints

  Greek settlers from the city of Phocaea colonized southern France, founding the city of Massilia (modern Marseilles) in 600 BCE or earlier. Folklore, legend...

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  The Buddha (c. 6th-5th century BCE) "The person who is harmonious amid the hostile, peaceful amid the violent, free from grasping amid the greedy, that one I call...

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This curious painting, created by the Italian artist Girolamo Troppa (c. 1637-1733), displays a scene from a horrific myth. On the right side, the...

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This painting, by the American artist Alice Pike Barney (c. 1857-1931), is a curious mix of family portrait and myth. Alice Pike Barney used...

Aristotle

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Vertumnus And Pomona, By Jan Tengnagel (c. 1584-1635)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Jan Tengnagel (c. 1584-1635), depicts a myth about the god Vertumnus and the goddess Pomona. In the scene...

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Lucan (c. 39-65) "Given the gift of peace, how each regrets he ever held a sword or lobbed a spear, or suffered thirst or prayed the gods...

Apollo Flaying Marsyas, By Girolamo Troppa (c. 1637-1733)

This curious painting, created by the Italian artist Girolamo Troppa (c. 1637-1733), displays a scene from a horrific myth. On the right side, the...

The Ill-Timed Wars of Malcolm III Of Scotland Against King William II of England

When William the Conqueror died in 1087, his dominion was divided between two sons. The Norman homeland of Normandy was left to Robert II,...

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....
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