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The Monstrous Life Of Steinrod The Strong

Steinrod the Strong was an Icelander whose father, Thorir, traveled from Norway to settle in Iceland during the time period known as the Age...

The Violent Friulan Rejection Of Arnefrit

Arnefrit was from a noble family that owed its rise and its fall to the influence of King Grimoald of the Lombards (r. 662-671)....

The Dramatic Life Of Hrafn Haven-Key

A mysterious man known as Hrafn Haven-Key settled with his family in Iceland during the so-called Age of Settlement (c. 860-930). Much about his...

The Attempted Trinity Reform Of King Chilperic Of The Franks

In ancient, medieval and modern times, one of the toughest Christian theological ideas for both Christians and non-Christians to grasp has been the Trinity....

Murasaki Shikibu

Murasaki Shikibu (c. 11th century) "It does not suit me to be so busy with affairs, whether the government's or my own. I must manage...

Eystein’s Shipwreck Settlement In Iceland

A Norwegian named Eystein decided to sail to Iceland during the so-called Age of Settlement period (c. 860-930). His father had been a figure...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (c. 1835-1910) "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will...

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The Legend Of Titus Manlius Jr.’s Miscalculated Campaign To Impress His Father

In the year 340 BCE, the Roman Republic allied with the Samnites to attack the Latin League. That year, the experienced war hero and...

The Monstrous Life Of Steinrod The Strong

Steinrod the Strong was an Icelander whose father, Thorir, traveled from Norway to settle in Iceland during the time period known as the Age...

Odysseus Takes Counsel With Teiresias, By Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809)

This painting, by the Danish artist Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809), re-creates a scene from the ancient Greek epic poem, The Odyssey, written...

Illustration Depicting The Demise Of Vortigern, From A 14th-Century Manuscript

This illustration, from a 14th-century manuscript (labeled BL Royal 20 A II, f. 3 in The British Library) depicts a scene from British legend....

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "The truth is that men's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts...

Chuang Tzu And His Hilarious Character, Crippled Shu

Chuang Tzu was one of the many great philosophers to come out of ancient China. He was a major Daoist intellectual who lived in...

The Peloponnesians Gave Their Enemy, Athens, A Large Fleet In The Middle Of The Battle Of Pylos

  425 BCE began almost identically to the six years of the Peloponnesian War that came before it. The Peloponnesians launched an invasion of the...

Althaea, Attributed To Henry Price Bone (1779-1855) Or Charles Leslie (c. 1835-1863)

This drawing, attributed to the English artists Henry Price Bone (1779-1855) or Charles Leslie (c. 1835-1863), drew inspiration from the vengeful myth of Althaea...
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Odysseus Takes Counsel With Teiresias, By Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809)

This painting, by the Danish artist Nicolai Abildgaard (c. 1743 – 1809), re-creates a scene from the ancient Greek epic poem, The Odyssey, written...

Philemon And Baucis, By Elias van Nijmegen (c. 1667-1755)

This drawing, by Elias van Nijmegen (c. 1667-1755) of the Netherlands, was inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Philemon and Baucis. As the...

The Anti-Hangover Headband Origin Myth For Diadems And Crowns

One of the many nicknames for the ancient Greek wine-god, Dionysus, was the title Mitrephorus—meaning “Wearer of mitra”—with the key word, mitra, being a...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "Certainly by far the strongest government is one to which men are happy to be subject." The History of Rome (book...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Don't let the glory of this brief life disturb you. The hour comes that will level all the leaders." From Lucan’s Civil War...

The Abduction Of The Sabine Women, Painted By Nicolas Poussin (c. 1594–1665)

This painting, by the French artist Nicolas Poussin (c. 1594–1665), was inspired by an uncomfortable and infamous legend from the history of ancient Rome....

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...

The Rival Norwegian Bishop Sigurds At The Turn Of The 11th Century

During the last decade of the 10th century and the first decades of the 11th century, Norwegians must have been familiar with the name,...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "His Majesty's present severities acquitted me of all past obligations." Gulliver’s Travels (Voyage to Laputa, chapter 7) by Jonathan Swift. New...
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