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The Crossfire Death Of Aufusus

Aufusus was a young Lombard nobleman who flourished during the first half of the 8th century. He had links to the royal family, for...

The Coated Land Exchange Of Steinunn The Old

A woman named Steinunn the Old was a kinswoman of the famed Icelandic frontiersman, Ingolf (or Ingólfr) Arnarson. Also known as Ingolf the Settler,...

The Tale Of King Liutprand’s Bloody Banquet With His Kinsman Rothari

King Liutprand (r. 712-744) came to power by riding on a wave of chaos and twists of fate. Liutprand’s path to the kingship originated...

Hermia And Helena, Painted By Washington Allston (c. 1779-1843)

Washington Allston (c. 1779-1843), an American artist, drew inspiration for this painting from the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play is an entertaining...

The Adventurous Life Of Gunnstein Berserks’-Killer

During the 9th and 10th centuries, a mysterious adventurer named Gunnstein Berserks’-Killer gained fame for impressive exploits spanning the lands and seas between Scandinavia,...

The Life Of Duke Gisulf And The Tale Of Him Forcing A Pope To Pay Ransoms

Duke Gisulf (or Gisulfo) was a Lombard duke of Benevento who operated with substantial autonomy during the tumultuous reigns of the Lombard kings Cunincpert...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays; the more the pity, that some...

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The Judgement Of Midas In The Contest Between Apollo And Pan, By Pieter Codde (c. 1599 – 1678)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Pieter Codde (c. 1599 – 1678), re-creates a myth about the god, Phoebus Apollo, competing in a music...

The Tale Of Heracles’ Ironic Name

Ancient Greece’s mightiest hero, Heracles (known in Rome as Hercules), was said to have been actually born with the name Alcaeus. As the ancient...

Orpheus and Eurydice, painted by Anselm Feuerbach (c. 1829-1880)

This painting, by the German artist Anselm Feuerbach (c. 1829-1880), was inspired by the sad and tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The instrument-wielding...

Confucius

Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE) "A gentleman is proud, but not quarrelsome, allies himself with individuals, but not with parties." The Analects of Confucius (Book XV, section...

Tacitus

    Tacitus (c. 56/57-117+) "It seems to me a historian's foremost duty to ensure that merit is recorded, and to confront evil deeds and words...

Zeus Was Disturbingly Creative In The Ways He Punished His Wife, Hera

(Hera Campana. Marble, Roman copy of an Hellenistic original, 2nd century AD, via Creative Commons)   In Greek mythology, few divine couples were perfect. More...

Lao Tzu

  Lao Tzu (6th-5th century BCE) "The net of heaven is cast wide. Though the mish is not fine, yet nothing ever slips through." From Lao Tzu's Tao Te...

This Is A Photograph Of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

(A childhood photograph of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, c. 1884, via Creative Commons)   If your parents have ever humiliated you by showing embarrassing photographs of...
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The Tale Of Heracles’ Ironic Name

Ancient Greece’s mightiest hero, Heracles (known in Rome as Hercules), was said to have been actually born with the name Alcaeus. As the ancient...

Orpheus and Eurydice, painted by Anselm Feuerbach (c. 1829-1880)

This painting, by the German artist Anselm Feuerbach (c. 1829-1880), was inspired by the sad and tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The instrument-wielding...

Hesiod And The Muse, Painted By Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863)

This abstract painting, by the French artist Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863), was titled Hésiode Et La Muse (or Hesiod and the Muse). As the...

Cincinnatus Receiving The Ambassadors From Rome, by Alexandre Cabanel (c. 1823-1889)

This painting, titled Cincinnatus Recevant Les Ambassadeurs De Rome (or Cincinnatus Receiving The Ambassadors From Rome), was created by the French artist Alexandre Cabanel...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Blind fool! What god besides Death can guarantee that you'll feel no shock of war, that you'll be free from a world in trouble?" ...

The Legendary Slippery First Step Of The Roman-Latin War

Rome faced great trials and tribulations in the 4th century BCE. The awkward and embarrassing Gallic sack of Rome occurred that century, happening sometime...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 - 1616) "Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes,...

The Viking-British Sibling Settlers Of Iceland

Two brothers, Hildir and Hallgeir, along with their sister, Ljot, journeyed to Iceland during the so-called Age of Settlement (c. 860-930). This trio reportedly...

The Gods Of The English Weekdays

Although religions have come and gone since the days of the ancient world and the Middle Ages, belief systems from those eras have left...
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