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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...

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,...

Thor, Hymir and the Midgard Serpent, illustrated by W.G. Collingwood (c. 1854 – 1932)

This illustration, created by the English artist W.G. Collingwood (1854 - 1932), was produced in 1908 as a visual aid for an English translation...

Benjamin Franklin

  Benjamin Franklin (c. 1706-1790) "The learned fool writes his nonsense in better languages than the unlearned; but still it is nonsense." From Poor Richard's Almanac by Benjamin Franklin...

Anna Komnene

  Anna Komnene  (c. 1083-1153) "What happens to us at the hands of others should not bring war on those who have done no wrong; and...

Virgil

Virgil (70-19 BCE) "The Harpies...no monster on earth more cruel, no scourge more savage, no wrath of the gods has ever raised its head from the Styx's...

Confucius

Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE) "Be loyal and true to your every word, serious and careful in all you do; and you will get on well...
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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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Odin (From The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, 1179-1241) "A handsome hall stands under the ash beside the well. Out of this hall come three...

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