Saturday, March 6, 2021

A Palace Portrait of Lombard Fashion

Queen Theudelinda was a Bavarian noblewoman who married into Lombard high society at the turn of the 6th and 7th century. She wed King...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "Heaven calls, And, round about you wheeling, courts your gaze With everlasting beauties. Yet your eye Turns with fond doting still upon the earth. Therefore...

Erminia And The Shepherds, By Francesco Guardi (c. 1712 – 1793) And Gian Antonio Guardi (c. 1699 – 1761)

This painting, by the Venetian artists Francesco Guardi (c. 1712 - 1793) and Gian Antonio Guardi (c. 1699 - 1761), was inspired by a...

The Life And Dramatic Downfall Of Duke Guntram Boso

Duke Guntram Boso was a prominent Frankish nobleman who gained great notoriety (and some infamy) in the second half of the 6th century. He...

The Tale Of Thórarin Loftunga And His Poetic “Head Ransom”

A man called Thórarin, nicknamed Loftunga (or Praise-Tongue), was an 11th-century Icelandic skald who offered his poetic services to the prominent Scandinavian kings of...

Rinaldo And Armida, Painted By An Unknown Artist In The 16th Century

This worn and well-aged painting was created in the 16th century by an unidentified artist. Inspiration for this artwork came from the poem, Gerusalemme...

Spain Used Ancient Myth And Legend In An Attempt To Bolster Its Claims On The New World

When Spain began colonizing the American continents, its colonial land-grabs were already condoned by geopolitical norms of the era, as well as papal support....

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Jove Casts His Thunderbolts At The Rebellious Giants, By Johann Michael Rottmayr (c. 1654-1730)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Johann Michael Rottmayr (c. 1654-1730), was inspired by myths about the ancient Greco-Roman gods. Jove is an alternative...

The Tale Of The Sacrificial Prophet At The Battle Of Munychia

Around the year 403 BCE, a revolution erupted against a Spartan-supported Athenian oligarchic government, known as ‘the Thirty’. Leading the revolutionary cause was an...

Spain Used Ancient Myth And Legend In An Attempt To Bolster Its Claims On The New World

When Spain began colonizing the American continents, its colonial land-grabs were already condoned by geopolitical norms of the era, as well as papal support....

Startling Saints: Saint Sigismund of Burgundy

  (Sigismund painting, photographed by Georges Jansoone (JoJan), Public Domain via Creative Commons)     Strangulation, War and Deadly Curses Saints are not born in their perfect, saintly, form....

Xenophon

Xenophon (c. 420-350 BCE) "Lies and mistrust have made people so frightened of one another that, wanting to act before the others did, they have...

Startling Saints—Saint Clare of Montefalco

(St Clare of Montefalco, circa 1670, from the Iglesia del Convento de Nuestra Señora del Pópulo de Agustinos Descalzos. Sevilla, via Creative Commons)   The...

The Morbid Loyalty of King Tian Heng’s Followers

  Tian Heng was one of many unlucky kings of ancient Qi. His family had successfully rebelled against the Qin Dynasty during the widespread rebellions...

The Priests of the Magna Mater (Great Mother), Cybele, Were Eunuchs

(Funerary relief of a priest of Magna Mater (gallus) from Lavinium. Rome, Capitoline Museums (mid-second century AD), via Creative Commons) It took balls to...
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Jove Casts His Thunderbolts At The Rebellious Giants, By Johann Michael Rottmayr (c. 1654-1730)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Johann Michael Rottmayr (c. 1654-1730), was inspired by myths about the ancient Greco-Roman gods. Jove is an alternative...

Socrates

Socrates (c. 469-399 BCE) "Surely it is the most blameworthy ignorance to believe that one knows what one does not know." This saying, attributed to...

The Tale Of The Sacrificial Prophet At The Battle Of Munychia

Around the year 403 BCE, a revolution erupted against a Spartan-supported Athenian oligarchic government, known as ‘the Thirty’. Leading the revolutionary cause was an...

Perseus’ Rocky Wedding

After taking the head of the Gorgon, Medusa, the mythical Greek hero, Perseus, somehow found himself on the shores of North Africa. There, according...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "Will you never look at facts rather than at those who put them to you?" The History of Rome (book 6,...

Valentinus Taken Prisoner, Painted By Otto van Veen (c. 1556–1629)

This painting, by the Dutch-Flemish artist Otto van Veen (c. 1556–1629), was inspired by ancient history. Particularly, it features a scene from a Gallic-Germanic...

Joan of Arc’s Holy Banner

Of all the intriguing and interesting people of medieval Europe, Jeanne d’Arc (commonly known as Joan of Arc, c. 1412-1431) lived one of the...

The Awkward Banquet Of Thorir Olvirsson

Thorir Olvirsson was an up-and-coming, youthful 11th-century Norwegian nobleman who cultivated a lot of good will with the people living in the regions around...

King William Rufus’ Constructive Strategy Against Earl Robert Of Northumberland

Robert de Mowbray became the Earl of Northumberland shortly before the death of William the Conqueror in 1087. After the death of the conqueror,...
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