Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Empress Theodora’s Palace For Troubled Women

Empress Theodora (r. 527-548) was a champion for women’s rights, at least by the low standards of the 6th-century. She worked with her husband,...

The Thousand And One Nights

The Thousand and One Nights (a large collection of anonymously-authored stories of Indian, Persian and Arabian origin, compiled and edited between the 9th and 15th...

Themel the Priest, Illustrated In The 12th-century Skylitzes Matritensis Manuscript

This curious image comes from the 12-century Skylitzes Matritensis manuscript of the Synopsis Historion by John Skylitzes (c. 1040-1101). The scene above features a...

The Sad Tale Of The Child Hermit, Anatolius

In the 6th century, there lived within the city of Bordeaux a boy named Anatolius. There, he was known to have been apprenticed to...

Ingjald of Hefne (from the Vatnsdæla Saga)

Injald of Hefne (reportedly lived around the 9th and 10th century) "There is more honor in accumulating little by little than in reaching for the...

Discovery of the Holy Lance at Antioch, painted by Jean Colombe (1430–1493)

This illustration, created by the French artist Jean Colombe (c. 1430–1493), depicts an event that occurred during the First Crusade (c. 1095/1096-1099). The scene...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "You have clearly proved that ignorance, idleness, and vice, are the proper ingredients for qualifying a legislator. That laws are best...

Image Of King Agesilaus II Of Sparta Leading Mercenaries In Egypt

This image, produced anonymously around 1914 for Hutchinson's History of the Nations, illustrates the final chapter in the life of King Agesilaus II of...

Camillus And The Schoolmaster Of Falerii, Attributed To Domenico Corvi (c. 1721–1803)

This painting, attributed to the Italian artist Domenico Corvi (c. 1721–1803), re-creates an interesting tale from the life of Marcus Furius Camillus, a semi-legendary...

Themel the Priest, Illustrated In The 12th-century Skylitzes Matritensis Manuscript

This curious image comes from the 12-century Skylitzes Matritensis manuscript of the Synopsis Historion by John Skylitzes (c. 1040-1101). The scene above features a...

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Image Of King Agesilaus II Of Sparta Leading Mercenaries In Egypt

This image, produced anonymously around 1914 for Hutchinson's History of the Nations, illustrates the final chapter in the life of King Agesilaus II of...

Camillus And The Schoolmaster Of Falerii, Attributed To Domenico Corvi (c. 1721–1803)

This painting, attributed to the Italian artist Domenico Corvi (c. 1721–1803), re-creates an interesting tale from the life of Marcus Furius Camillus, a semi-legendary...

Themel the Priest, Illustrated In The 12th-century Skylitzes Matritensis Manuscript

This curious image comes from the 12-century Skylitzes Matritensis manuscript of the Synopsis Historion by John Skylitzes (c. 1040-1101). The scene above features a...

Caesar’s Remorse At The Death Of Pompey, By Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (c. 1725–1805)

This painting, clearly hinted at by the title of the artwork, purports to re-create the reaction of the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, upon his...

Camillus And The Schoolmaster Of Falerii, Attributed To Domenico Corvi (c. 1721–1803)

This painting, attributed to the Italian artist Domenico Corvi (c. 1721–1803), re-creates an interesting tale from the life of Marcus Furius Camillus, a semi-legendary...

Themel the Priest, Illustrated In The 12th-century Skylitzes Matritensis Manuscript

This curious image comes from the 12-century Skylitzes Matritensis manuscript of the Synopsis Historion by John Skylitzes (c. 1040-1101). The scene above features a...

The Sad Tale Of The Child Hermit, Anatolius

In the 6th century, there lived within the city of Bordeaux a boy named Anatolius. There, he was known to have been apprenticed to...

Themistocles Allegedly Conducted A Human Sacrifice Before The Battle of Salamis

  Themistocles was an Athenian politician and military strategist who was pivotal in the Greek defeat of the Persian invasion of Greece by Xerxes in...

Homer

  Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE) "There's no tenderness in war!" From The Iliad (Book 15, approx. line 740) by Homer, translated by E. V. Rieu and revised by...

Chuang Tzu

Chuang Tzu (Chinese Daoist/Taoist philosopher, c. 370-287 BCE) "The True Man of ancient times knew nothing of loving life, knew nothing of hating death." From Chuang...

10 Wise Quotes From Anna Komnene

Check out our Youtube channel HERE. Anna Komnene was born to Emperor Alexios and Empress Eirene in 1083, just two years after Alexios wrested the...

10 Insightful Thucydides Quotes

Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE) was an Athenian general and historian who lived through the Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BCE) between Athens and Sparta. He...

Ten Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 to David and Elizabeth Poe, two actors who lived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, David...

10 Witty Quotes From Benjamin Franklin

Over the course of his life, Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790) underwent a tremendous transformation, from a poorly educated boy who ran away from his...
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Image Of King Agesilaus II Of Sparta Leading Mercenaries In Egypt

This image, produced anonymously around 1914 for Hutchinson's History of the Nations, illustrates the final chapter in the life of King Agesilaus II of...

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "The living creature consists in the first place of mind and body, and of these the former is ruler by nature,...

Hesiod

Hesiod (c. 8th century BCE) "Often a whole community together suffers in consequence of a bad man who does wrong and contrives evil." From Hesiod’s Works and...

Xenophon

Xenophon (c. 420-350 BCE) "In warfare those who seek to stay alive, no matter what it takes, are usually those who die cowardly and ignominious...

Camillus And The Schoolmaster Of Falerii, Attributed To Domenico Corvi (c. 1721–1803)

This painting, attributed to the Italian artist Domenico Corvi (c. 1721–1803), re-creates an interesting tale from the life of Marcus Furius Camillus, a semi-legendary...

The Pirate Adventure Of Roman Envoys Heading To Delphi

When the Roman Republic conquered its major Tiber River rival, Veii, around the year 396 BCE, they were said to have created a magnificent...

Caesar’s Remorse At The Death Of Pompey, By Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (c. 1725–1805)

This painting, clearly hinted at by the title of the artwork, purports to re-create the reaction of the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, upon his...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "How true it is that destiny blinds men's eyes, when she is determined that her gathering might shall meet no...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "You have clearly proved that ignorance, idleness, and vice, are the proper ingredients for qualifying a legislator. That laws are best...

King Ælla’s Messengers Before Ragnar Lodbrok’s Sons, Painted by August Malmström (c. 1829–1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829–1901), depicts some of the most famous figures from the Viking Age. On the left...

Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe (c. 1373-1439+) "There is no gift so holy as is the gift of love, nor anything so much to be desired as love,...

Baptism of King Guthrum, by James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892)

This image was created by the artist James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892) and engraved for mass-production by Edmund Evans (1826–1905). It was one of...
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Hesiod

Hesiod (c. 8th century BCE) "Often a whole community together suffers in consequence of a bad man who does wrong and contrives evil." From Hesiod’s Works and...

The Sad Legend Of King Gram And Signe

King Gram was a figure from Denmark’s earliest myths and legends. He was reportedly the son of King Skjold (founder of the Danish Skjoldung...

Camillus Rescuing Rome From Brennus, Painted By Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659–1734)

This scene, painted by the Italian artist Sebastiano Ricci (c. 1659–1734), re-creates one of the legends surrounding the Gallic sack of Rome, which occurred...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "Of so little weight are the greatest services to princes, when put into the balance with a refusal to gratify their...

The Gruesome Murder Of Governor Callincius Of Cilicia

Callincius was a governor of Cilicia during the reign of Emperor Justinian of Constantinople. Although he did little during his career as a governor...

Scylla And Charybdis, Painted By Alessandro Allori (c. 1535–1607)

This artwork, created by the Florentine artist Alessandro Allori (c. 1535–1607), depicts one of the famous scenes from Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey.  It...

Confucius

Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE) "A gentleman is proud, but not quarrelsome, allies himself with individuals, but not with parties." The Analects of Confucius (Book XV, section...

The Demonic Downfall Of The Breton Priest Winnoch

In the 6th century, there lived a curious priest named Winnoch. He was a man of Breton heritage and, in his early life, he...

Elijah In The Desert, Painted By Washington Allston (1779–1843)

This painting, by the American artist Washington Allston, depicts a scene from the life of Elijah. Recognized as a prophetic holyman by the Abrahamic...

Xenophon

Xenophon (c. 420-350 BCE) "In warfare those who seek to stay alive, no matter what it takes, are usually those who die cowardly and ignominious...

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Aristotle

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