Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Dante Alighieri

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The Satyr And The Peasant, By Johann Liss (1597 – 1631)

This painting, by the German artist Johann Liss (1597 - 1631), was inspired by one of the fables attributed to the legendary tale-teller, Aesop,...

Tarquin The Elder Consulting Attus Navius, Painted by Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659 – 1734)

This painting, created by Italian artist Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659 - 1734), brings to life an interesting legend from the history of ancient Rome....

The Judgment Of Jupiter, By Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872)

This painting, by the American artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872), depicts a scene of Greco-Roman mythology. Although the painter graced the work...

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE) "You shall see by the success, what you are to expect from your soldiers." From Julius Caesar's  War Commentaries (The African War),...

John Calvin

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Sima Xiangru

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Julius Caesar’s Wardrobe And His Special Sleeves

  When discussing Julius Caesar, most ancient authors (including Caesar in his own war memoirs) mainly focused on the dictator’s military and political maneuverings. The...

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  Mencius (4th and 3rd century BCE) "If you honour the good and wise and employ the able so that outstanding man are in high position,...
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The Satyr And The Peasant, By Johann Liss (1597 – 1631)

This painting, by the German artist Johann Liss (1597 - 1631), was inspired by one of the fables attributed to the legendary tale-teller, Aesop,...

The Crash And Camel Stories Of The Colossus Of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the so-called Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was a bronze and iron statue of the sun-god, Helios,...

An Ancient Law So Bad That It Served As Aristotle’s Prime Example Of Laws That Need Amending

In regard to amending laws, the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE), believed that law codes should indeed be fixed and improved when...

Death Of Messalina, Painted By Francesco Solimena (c. 1657 – 1747)

This painting, by the Italian artist Francesco Solimena (c. 1657 - 1747), was inspired by the historical death of Empress Messalina, a wife of...

Tarquin The Elder Consulting Attus Navius, Painted by Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659 – 1734)

This painting, created by Italian artist Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659 - 1734), brings to life an interesting legend from the history of ancient Rome....

Verginius Rufus’ Surprising Rejection Of A Chance To Become Emperor Of Rome

In the year 68, Lucius Verginius Rufus was serving as a Roman governor on the German border when he learned that Gaius Julius Vindex,...

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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