Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Odyssey Of Mythical Princess, Auge

In ancient Greek mythology, a man named Aleos was said to have ruled the Kingdom of Tegea in the Arcadian region of the Peloponnesian...

The Matriarchal Settlement Of Thorgerd

In the 9th or 10th century, there lived a woman named Thorgerd, who was married to a wealthy individual named Asbjorn. This Asbjorn reportedly...

Aldo, Grasuo, And The Buzzy Legend Of A Medieval Italian Shapeshifter Who Saved Their Lives

Aldo and Grasuo were the names of two wealthy noblemen brothers who reportedly hailed from the Brescia region of Italy in the 7th century....

People Who Professed Disbelief In Witchcraft Were Deemed Highly Suspect Of Being Witches

During the height of the regrettable witch-hunting craze in Europe and its colonies, numerous theologians and inquisitors built careers and reputations by theorizing about...

Giovanni Boccaccio

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The Rise And Decline Of Japan’s Cloistered Governments And The Disastrous 1-Month Challenge Of Ex-Emperor Go-Toba Against The Kamakura Bakufu

Japan’s imperial dynasty, the Yamato Dynasty, traces its origins back to times of myth and legend, but its imperial government apparatus really began to...

Duke Romoald II Of Benevento And The Crazy Succession After His Death

Romoald (or Romuald) II, son of Duke Gisulf I of the Beneventan Lombards, succeeded his father as Duke of Benevento around the year 706....

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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The Odyssey Of Mythical Princess, Auge

In ancient Greek mythology, a man named Aleos was said to have ruled the Kingdom of Tegea in the Arcadian region of the Peloponnesian...

Dying Hercules, Painted By Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872)

This painting, by the American artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872), was inspired by stories of the death of the mythical hero, Hercules...

Orpheus and Eurydice, By An Unidentified 19th-Century Artist

This illustration, by an unidentified 19th-century artist, re-creates the end of the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Of the unfortunate pair, Orpheus is...

Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE) "Whoever, therefore, applies himself to the study of Eloquence, is at the same time improving his judgment, which is a...

Four Pranks That Caligula Allegedly Played On His People

  The ancient accounts on the reign of the Roman Emperor Caligula (r. 37-41) are so biased and filled with folklore and rumor that it...

The Stout Vengeance Against Duke Garipald Of Turin

When King Aripert of the Lombards died in 661, the Lombard realm was divided between his two young sons, Godepert and Perctarit. Both sons...

The Oracle, painted by Camillo Miola (c. 1840 – 1919)

This painting, entitled The Oracle, was created by the Italian artist Camillo Miola (c. 1840-1919), who is also known by the name, Biacca. His...

Abū Hāmid al-Gharnātī

  Abū Hāmid al-Gharnātī (c. 1080-1170) "In a book, there is no knowledge, there is only writing that guides us to knowledge. It only becomes knowledge...
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Boy And Muse, By Franz von Matsch (c. 1861 – 1942)

This artwork, by the Austrian artist Franz von Matsch (c. 1861 – 1942), depicts an ancient scene of a young musician lounging with one...

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Ancient Greek heroes of myth and legend, besides their alleged godly parentage, were also aided in their ascendance to greatness by being mentored and...

Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "They say that one thing alone competes in life's contest, the consciousness of a just and righteous mind within one, while...

Lucan

Orpheus and Eurydice, By An Unidentified 19th-Century Artist

This illustration, by an unidentified 19th-century artist, re-creates the end of the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Of the unfortunate pair, Orpheus is...

The Bookish Lifestyle Of Pliny The Elder

Pliny the Elder was a Roman military man, government official and scholar who lived in the 1st century. His academic calling drove Pliny to...

Aeneas and Tiber, by Bartolomeo Pinelli (c. 1781-1835)

This illustration, by the Italian artist Bartolomeo Pinelli (c. 1781-1835), was inspired by The Aeneid, an epic poem by the Roman poet Virgil (c....

William Shakespeare

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...

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...
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