Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Farewell Of Hector And Andromache, By An Unidentified Artist

An unknown artist made this artwork, currently held by the Biblioteca de Catalunya and the Digital Memory of Catalonia. It depicts the mightiest warrior...

Count Eulalius Of Clermont-Ferrand And The Tale Of His Murderous Deeds

In the 6th century, there lived a man named Eulalius who ruled as a count over the Frankish-controlled region of Clermont-Ferrand. Although he was...

The Crusader Invasion Of Constantinople, By Vasilios Chatzis (c. 1870–1915)

This painting, by the Greek artist Vasilios Chatzis (c. 1870–1915), recalls the awkward Fourth Crusade, when Christians crusaded against Christians. This bizarre series of...

The Story Of The Berber Queen, Kahina

In the late 7th century, there thrived a powerful Berber woman named Kahina. Also known as, Kāhinah, al-Kahina, Dahlia, Daya, Dihya al-Kahina or Dahia-al-Kahina,...

The Malleus Maleficarum

The Malleus Maleficarum (published in 1487 by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger) "If we ignore, we find that nearly all the kingdoms of the world have...

The Mysterious Death Of Prince Theodore Of Constantinople

Emperor Constans II of Constantinople (641-668/669), according to the historical tradition of his reign, was accused of murdering his own brother, Theodore, around the...

Al-Ghazālī

Al-Ghazālī (c. 1058-1111) "The sensory world is a ladder to the rational world, for, if there were no connection and relationship between the two, the...

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Farewell Of Hector And Andromache, By An Unidentified Artist

An unknown artist made this artwork, currently held by the Biblioteca de Catalunya and the Digital Memory of Catalonia. It depicts the mightiest warrior...

The Mysterious Ancient Tale Of Xu Fu And His Realm Built With Stolen Wealth From An Emperor

According to ancient folklore and legend, a certain Xu Fu made contact with the First Qin Emperor (r. 221-210 BCE) and claimed that he...

The Story Of The Berber Queen, Kahina

In the late 7th century, there thrived a powerful Berber woman named Kahina. Also known as, Kāhinah, al-Kahina, Dahlia, Daya, Dihya al-Kahina or Dahia-al-Kahina,...

Dido’s Sacrifice To Juno, Painted By Jean Bernard Restout (c. 1732–1797)

This artwork, created by Jean Bernard Restout (c. 1732–1797) with a combination of inks, paints and washes, displays a scene of the mythical or...

The Back-And-Forth Battles Between Rome And The Aequians Over Bolae

In 418 BCE, Rome defeated an allied force of Aequians and warriors from Labici, then subsequently sacked the city of Labici and turned the...

Socrates

Socrates (c. 469-399 BCE) "The smartest part of my skill is that I am clever without wanting to be." This saying, attributed to Socrates, was...

Zou Yushan And His Ascension And Demise Through Assassination

  In the 130s BCE, the kingdom of Minyue (approximately Fujian Province, China) ran afoul of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty (r. 141-87 BCE)....

The Battle of Tolbiac, Painted by Ary Scheffer (1795–1858)

This painting, by the Dutch-French artist Ary Scheffer (1795–1858), endeavors to re-create a scene from the Battle of Tolbiac (or Zülpich), fought between the...
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Heraclitus

Heraclitus (c. 540-480 BCE) "This world-order (kosmos) was made neither by god nor by man, but it was always and is and shall be; fire...

Alexander And Porus, By François Le Moyne (c. 1688 – 1737)

This artwork, created by François Le Moyne (c. 1688 - 1737), was inspired by a battle won by Alexander the Great (r. 336-323 BCE)...

Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "All of our human life is full of pain and there is no rest from toil." From Euripides’ Hippolytus (approximately line 190),...

Pliny the Younger

The Story Of A Bold And Blunt Envoy At Privernum’s Surrender To Rome

Privernum, an Italian city-state, waged war against the Roman Republic between 330-329 BCE. Fighting in conjunction with their ally, Fundi, the Privernum-Fundi alliance began...

Emperor Nero Allegedly Murdered His Step-Brother

Infamous Emperor Nero (r. 54-68) was the adopted son and heir of Emperor Claudius (r. 41-54). Although Nero, indeed, succeeded Claudius as emperor of...

The Death of Procris, By Benjamin West (c. 1738-1820)

Benjamin West (c. 1738-1820), an artist who was born in Britain’s North American colonies but lived in England before and after the American Revolution,...

The Brotherly Drama Between Finn And Kalf Arnason At The Battle Of Stiklestad

In 1028, King Olaf II of Norway was forced to flee from his kingdom due to a brilliant campaign of diplomacy and military pressure...

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...
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Hsün Tzu (c. 312-230 BCE) "The gentleman uses things; the petty man is used by things." From Hsün Tzu’s Basic Writings (chapter/section 2), translated by...

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