Sunday, April 11, 2021

Count Hugh of Vermandois’ Double Shipwreck In 1096

King Philip I of France (r. 1059-1108) had a brother named Hugh “the Great,” who held the rank of Count of Vermandois. As King...

The Disastrous Wedding Celebration Of Princess Domentzia

In the year 606 or 607, Emperor Phokas of Constantinople (r. 602-610) arranged for his daughter, Domentzia, to marry an influential man named Priskos....

King Heimer And Aslög, Painted By August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), was inspired by famous Germanic and Norse legends and myths. The older man seen...

The Fiery Surrender of Narses To Emperor Phokas

Emperor Phokas became the ruler of Constantinople and its empire in 602, after successfully leading a military revolt that overthrew Emperor Maurice (r. 582-602)....

Valkyrie And A Dying Hero, Painted By Hans Makart (c. 1840–1884)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Hans Makart (c. 1840–1884), draws inspiration from ancient and early medieval Germanic-Norse religious beliefs. It features a being...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "All love that glows within you; to dismiss Or harbour it, the power is in yourselves." Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy (Purgatory, Canto XVIII), translated...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "Having strictly examined all the persons of greatest name in the courts of princes for an hundred years past, I found...

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Pegasus Departing, Painted By Albert Pinkham Ryder (c. 1847-1917)

This abstract and hazy painting, by the American artist Albert Pinkham Ryder (c. 1847-1917), depicts the famous flying horse, Pegasus, surrounded by other figures...

The Story Of The Farmer And The Satyr From Aisopus’ Fables, Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674)

In the title provided for this painting, the Dutch artist Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674) clearly laid out his goal for this artwork:...

King Heimer And Aslög, Painted By August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), was inspired by famous Germanic and Norse legends and myths. The older man seen...

Themel the Priest, Illustrated In The 12th-century Skylitzes Matritensis Manuscript

This curious image comes from the 12-century Skylitzes Matritensis manuscript of the Synopsis Historion by John Skylitzes (c. 1040-1101). The scene above features a...

The Nighttime Sandstorm Maneuver Of Wei Qing In 119 BCE

  In the spring of 119 BCE, Emperor Wu (r. 141-87 BCE) of Han Dynasty China sent his greatest duo of military generals—the uncle and...

Surrender Of King John II Of France At The Battle Of Poitiers, By Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909)

This image, created by the French artist Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909), depicts the surrender of King John II of France to the forces of...

Brunhild of Austrasia—The 6th-Century Kingmaker Of The Franks

  (15th-century depiction of the marriage between King Sigebert I and Brunhild from the Grandes Chroniques de France, via Creative Commons) In 566 or...

Polygamy in Ancient Macedonia

(Alexander the Great mosaic c. 100 BCE, via Creative Commons) Many ancient cultures practiced polygamy at one point in time, or at least condoned...
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The Story Of The Farmer And The Satyr From Aisopus’ Fables, Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674)

In the title provided for this painting, the Dutch artist Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674) clearly laid out his goal for this artwork:...

Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE) "For a man to help others with all his gifts and native strength: that is the noblest work." Sophocles, Oedipus the King, approximately...

Odysseus before Alcinous, King of the Phaeacians, painted by August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), depicts a scene from Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. In the prelude to the...

The Ineffective Tiburtine Siege Of Rome

Around the year 360 BCE, the relatively weak city of Tibur infuriated Rome by allegedly harboring and accommodating Gallic warbands. In response, Rome declared...

Pliny The Younger Gave His Nurse A Small Farm

Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113) was a successful lawyer, bureaucrat, politician, and financial advisor. Judged in the currency of denarii and sesterces of his...

Apollo Killing Python, Painted By An Unidentified Artist In The 17th Century

This painting, produced by an unidentified artist around 1625, depicts one of the early heroic accomplishments carried out by the ancient Greek god, Apollo....

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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