Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Bizarre Medieval Reputation Of The Abasgi People For Producing Most Of Constantinople’s Eunuchs

Regions often can acquire interesting reputations, such as being known for having intricate ceremonies and populations of great warriors, or being sea-faring people with...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "The bad state of the modern world is due— as you may see, then—to bad leadership; and not to natural corruption in you." ...

The Death Of Saint Louis, By Ary Scheffer (c. 1795-1858)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Ary Scheffer (c. 1795-1858), was inspired by the death scene of Saint Louis, more commonly known as King...

St. Genevieve Of Brabant In The Forest, By George Frederick Bensell (c. 1837-1879)

This painting, by the American artist George Frederick Bensell (c. 1837-1879), was inspired by the medieval legends of Saint Genevieve of Brabant. Not to...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "I maintain that if one conducts one's life virtuously, there is no reason to be afraid of any dream that encourages...

The Tale Of A Jail-Break And Assassination Carried Out By Prisoners From Constantinople

In the mid-7th century, the realm of the emperors of Constantinople came under attack from aggressive Arab armies. During the reign of the first...

Machiavelli

Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "There are three different kinds of brains, the one understands things unassisted, the other understands things when shown by others, the third...

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The Combat of the Horatii and the Curiatii, by Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 – 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826)

This artwork, created by the French artist Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 - 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826), re-creates a story...

Picus And Circe, By Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705)

This painting, by the Italian artist Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705), was inspired by the ancient tale of Picus, a man of myth or legend...

The Myth Of The Rebuilding Of Pelops

Several ancient mythological figures, according to the tales told about them, were reportedly torn apart and put back together again by their loved ones....

Anna Komnene

  Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153) "Victory means the same thing always, but the means by which generals attain it are varied and of intricate patterns." The Alexiad (Book...

Plato

Plato (427-347 BCE) "The field of knowledge is reality, isn't it? Its function is to know the reality of anything real?" From Republic (478a) by...

The Struggle Of King Sigebert And King Guntram Over Arles

  The medieval Franks had a troublesome habit of dividing their empire between several related co-kings, often numbering four monarchs. This occurred after the death...

The Drug-Fueled Assassination Plot Against The Royal Family Of Austrasia

Around 585 or 586, two suspicious individuals were arrested in the city of Soissons by Duke Rauching, one of the most talented manhunters of...

Herodotus

Herodotus (5th century BCE Greek Historian) "Indeed, I will do anything you bid me; but I will tell you none the less what I think...
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Picus And Circe, By Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705)

This painting, by the Italian artist Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705), was inspired by the ancient tale of Picus, a man of myth or legend...

The Myth Of The Rebuilding Of Pelops

Several ancient mythological figures, according to the tales told about them, were reportedly torn apart and put back together again by their loved ones....

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "It is clear then that those constitutions which aim at the common good are right, as being in accord with absolute...

The Myth Of The Rebuilding Of Pelops

Several ancient mythological figures, according to the tales told about them, were reportedly torn apart and put back together again by their loved ones....

The Tale Of The Ancient Roman Leaping Lovers At Lake Como

Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113)—a prolific letter-writing lawyer, statesman, and advisor in all things dealing with finance and inheritance—was one day yachting about Lake...

The Legal Showdown Between Lustricius Bruttianus And Montanius Atticinus In Ancient Rome

In the Roman Empire of the 1st and 2nd centuries, there lived two lawyers known as Lustricius Bruttianus and Montanius Atticinus. The latter of...

Sketch For The Battle Of Poitiers, By Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863)

This artwork, by the French artist Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863), was created as he visualized and practiced for a painting that he would produce...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad." From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "The course of true love never did run smooth" From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act I,...
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Virgil (Roman poet, 70-19 BCE) "Come, with the first light of day, our spirits high, let's explore the land." From The Aeneid (Book VII, approximately line 145)...

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400) "Properly pasted was this miller's head, Pale-drunk he was, he'd passed the stage of red; Hiccupping through his nose he talked and trolled As if...

In The Late 19th Century, China Was Divided Like A Pie Between Imperialist Powers

(French Political Cartoon "China -- the cake of kings and... of emperors," c. 1898, via Creative Commons)   The diplomatic relationship between China and the...

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Christine de Pizan (1364-1430) "There's nothing like a whole range of different experiences and activities for expanding the mind of any rational creature." From The...

The Government Of Charlemagne Was Not Feudal

(Charlemagne at Alcuin, painted 1830, at the Louvre, via Creative Commons)   When you think of medieval Europe, two words often come to the forefront...

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Martin Heidegger (German Philosopher, 1889-1976) "In the broadest sense, death is a phenomenon of life. Life must be understood as a kind of being to...

Alexander The Great Crushed An Invading Army When He Was Only 16 Years Old

(Alexander the Great receiving news, painting by Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne, 1672, via Creative Commons)   In the year 340 BCE, King Philip II of Macedonia...

The Tragic Greek Myth Of Niobe, And Her Family That Was Massacred By The Gods

(Apollo and Artemis Killing The Niobids, c. 1772, by Pierre-Charles Jombert, via Creative Commons) The myth of Niobe is definitely a contender for ancient...

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(Left to Right: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George III. All paintings are licensed as public Domain)   John Adams (the future second president of the United...

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