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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

The Failed Conspiracy Attempt Against Emperor Romanos II

In 959, the youthful Emperor Romanos II succeeded his father to rule Constantinople and its sprawling empire. Personally an inept politician and an inexperienced...

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Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE) "Time is watching, watching over us always, bringing down the lives of some, raising others the next day into the light again." From Sophocles'...

WWI’s Incredible Battle of Messines

(Artillery at Messines in 1917, via Australian War Memorial)     This Shocking Allied Plan Made The German Defenses Just Disappear   (Map of the Battle of...

The Legend Of Enigmatic King Arkamani / Ergamenes

Interesting occurrences were happening in the Meroitic Kushite Kingdom (approximately modern Sudan) in the 3rd century BCE that caught the attention of ancient Greek...

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Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "It is well to seem merciful, faithful, humane, sincere, religious, and also to be so; but you must have the mind so...
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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....

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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...

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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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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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