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Loki and Sigyn, by Arthur Rackham (c. 1867-1939)

This illustration, by the British artist Arthur Rackham (c. 1867-1939), was inspired by a painful myth involving the mischievous Norse god, Loki. In terms...

Murasaki Shikibu

Murasaki Shikibu (c. 11th century) "My impression is that the longer something takes, the more likely it is to go wrong." From Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale...

The Valkyrie, Painted By Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831-1892)

This painting, by the Norwegian artist Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831-1892), draws inspiration from ancient and early medieval Germanic-Norse religious beliefs. It features a...

The Saintly Tale Of Thorstein Tent-Pitcher

There was a kindhearted man named Thorstein who moved to Iceland in the 9th or 10th century, settling in the southern regions of the...

The Baptism Of Clovis, Painted By The Master Of Saint Giles (flourished c. 1500)

This historically-themed painting was created around the year 1500 by an artist known as the Master of Saint Giles. Depicted in the painting is...

The Tragic Escape Attempt Of Duke Godescalc Of Benevento

Godescalc was a popular Lombard military leader from the Benevento region who usurped power over the Beneventan Dukedom without the permission of the Lombard...

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 Myth Of Heracles’ Adventure As An Abandoned Newborn

Heracles, the mightiest hero of ancient Greek myth, was said be born after an incident of divine trickery. Zeus—the leading god of the ancient...

Loki and Sigyn, by Arthur Rackham (c. 1867-1939)

This illustration, by the British artist Arthur Rackham (c. 1867-1939), was inspired by a painful myth involving the mischievous Norse god, Loki. In terms...

The Ancient Legend Of Hobbit-Like Sardinians

Ancient Greeks, as well as Romans who loved to appropriate Greek mythology, claimed that the famous hero Heracles (or Hercules) once sent a colony...

Anna Komnene

  Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153) "There is no one method of achieving victory, nor one form of it, but from ancient times up to the present,...

Anna Komnene

  Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153) "Such is the way of men - today they cheer, escort, treat with honour, but once they see the fortunes of...

Pericles Reportedly Had An Elongated Head

  Upon viewing statues and paintings of Pericles (c. 495-429 BCE), a common feature can be quickly spotted; he almost always is depicted with a...

The Tale Of A Whirlwind And Lightning Forcing Duke Hugh The Great To End A Siege

King Lothar of France ascended to his throne in the year 954, while he was still in his early teenage years. The young king,...

The Valkyrie, Painted By Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831-1892)

This painting, by the Norwegian artist Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831-1892), draws inspiration from ancient and early medieval Germanic-Norse religious beliefs. It features a...
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Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "Sanity brings pain but madness is a vile thing." From Euripides’ Hippolytus (approximately between lines 240-250), translated by James Morwood in Medea...

The Ancient Legend Of Hobbit-Like Sardinians

Ancient Greeks, as well as Romans who loved to appropriate Greek mythology, claimed that the famous hero Heracles (or Hercules) once sent a colony...

Antigone Kneeling Next To The Body Of Her Brother Polynices, Painted By Joseph Abel (c. 1764—1818)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Joseph Abel (c. 1764-1818), depicts a pivotal scene from the life of the mythical Theban princess, Antigone....

The Peculiar Trial Of Norbanus Licinianus

In the ancient Roman Empire, an unscrupulous man named Norbanus Licinianus was a  representative of the province of Baetica (southern Spain) at the turn...

Small But Piercing Ancient Iaculus Dragons

Romans folklore and myth told of a small, but deadly, winged serpent or dragon that inhabited trees and would attack unlucky travelers who wandered...

Roman Plague And Paranoia In 331 BCE

Around the year 331 BCE, the city of Rome suffered from a terrible plague. Rome’s senate became so fearful of the rampant disease that...

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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