Friday, June 5, 2020

Confucius

Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE) "Respect the young. How do you know that they will not one day be all that you are now?" The Analects of...

Egil Skallagrimsson Vs. Berg Onund, Painted By Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870)

This painting, created by the Danish-Norwegian artist Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870), depicts a scene from Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic text that recounts tales about the...

The Humble Folklore Origins Of The Danes, According To Saxo Grammaticus

Saxo Grammaticus (c. 12th and 13th century), like other medieval and ancient historians, began his Gesta Danorum (History of the Danes) with an account...

Education Of The Sons Of Clovis, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912)

This painting, by the Dutch-British artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912), depicts a scene of daily life from the reign of King Clovis I of the...

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...

Illustration of Einar Thambarskelfir by Christian Krohg (1852–1925)

In this image, the Norwegian artist Christian Krohg re-creates a peculiar tale about a man named Einar Thambarskelfir, found in the Heimskringla (History of...

King Guntram of Burgundy

King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593) "It is better that the one or two who are disobedient should perish rather than the wrath of God...

Egil Skallagrimsson Vs. Berg Onund, Painted By Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870)

This painting, created by the Danish-Norwegian artist Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870), depicts a scene from Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic text that recounts tales about the...

Education Of The Sons Of Clovis, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912)

This painting, by the Dutch-British artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912), depicts a scene of daily life from the reign of King Clovis I of the...

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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Bernal Díaz’s Graphic Account Of The Human Sacrifice Of His Friends

Bernal Díaz del Castillo was an experienced conquistador who served on several Spanish voyages around Yucatan and Mexico, including the expedition of Hernan Cortes...

Egil Skallagrimsson Vs. Berg Onund, Painted By Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870)

This painting, created by the Danish-Norwegian artist Johannes Flintoe (1787-1870), depicts a scene from Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic text that recounts tales about the...

Illustration of Einar Thambarskelfir by Christian Krohg (1852–1925)

In this image, the Norwegian artist Christian Krohg re-creates a peculiar tale about a man named Einar Thambarskelfir, found in the Heimskringla (History of...

The Alexander Mosaic, By An Anonymous Artist In Pompeii

This mosaic is perhaps the most famous ancient image of Alexander the Great (r. 336-323 BCE), the king of Macedon who led his army...

The Humble Folklore Origins Of The Danes, According To Saxo Grammaticus

Saxo Grammaticus (c. 12th and 13th century), like other medieval and ancient historians, began his Gesta Danorum (History of the Danes) with an account...

Christopher Columbus Was On the Lookout For Monsters On His First Journey To The Americas

Faced with the great unknown as far as the eye can see, it is understandable for the human mind to run wild. When Christopher...

Confucius Reportedly Fantasized About Living With Ancient China’s Nomadic Neighbors

Like many artists and thinkers who would come after him, Master Kong (better known to English readers as Confucius) faced the frustrating experience of...

Julius Caesar’s Wardrobe And His Special Sleeves

  When discussing Julius Caesar, most ancient authors (including Caesar in his own war memoirs) mainly focused on the dictator’s military and political maneuverings. The...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Many people imagine, because they know a great deal, that other people know nothing." The Decameron (Third Day, Fifth Story) by Giovanni...

The Buddha

  The Buddha (c. 6th-5th century BCE) "Diligence is the path to the deathless. Negligence is the path of death. The diligent do not die. Those who are negligent are...

The Gospel of Truth (from the Nag Hammadi Library)

  The Gospel of Truth (Gnostic Christian text written before the year 180 and rediscovered in the Nag Hammadi Library in 1945) "In time Unity will...

Snorri Sturluson

Snorri Sturluson (Icelandic Chief, 1179-1241) "Hraesvelg, he is called, who sits at heaven's end, a giant in eagle's shape. From his wings, it is said, the winds blow over all...

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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Homer

  Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE) "The whole world prays that a heartless man who behaves heartlessly will suffer misfortune in his life, and derides him...

Rome’s Underwhelming First Reaction To Carthage’s First Meddling In Sicily

Ancient Romans and Carthaginians had known of each other for centuries before they ultimately clashed in the fateful Punic Wars of the 3rd and...

Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "Inhibition is no good provider for a needy man, Inhibition, which does men great harm and great good. Inhibition attaches to...

Circe And Her Swine, Painted By Briton Rivière (c. 1840-1920)

In this painting, the British artist Briton Rivière (c. 1840-1920) shows a scene of a goddess that the Greek hero, Odysseus, encountered during his...

Livy

Livy (59 BCE-17 CE) "A man will work hard and face risks when he can hope for profit and place as a result, and he...

Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl, by François Perrier (c. 1594–1649)

In the painting above, the French artist François Perrier (c. 1594–1649) re-created a scene from book 6 of The Aeneid, an epic poem written...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "The Madness of war is upon us, the power of iron, the fist, will confound all justice, and wicked crimes will be called virtue—and...

Rome’s Underwhelming First Reaction To Carthage’s First Meddling In Sicily

Ancient Romans and Carthaginians had known of each other for centuries before they ultimately clashed in the fateful Punic Wars of the 3rd and...

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...

The Battle of Stamford Bridge, painted by Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831–1892)

This image, painted by the Norwegian artist Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831–1892), showcases the deadly clash between King Harald “Hardrada” Sigurdsson of Norway and...

Edmund Ironside And Canute The Great, Painted by Matthew Paris (d. 1259) For His Chronica Majora

This image, created by the monk, historian and artist Matthew Paris (d. 1259) for his Chronica Majora, depicts an interesting tale from English history....

Vicar Richard’s Bizarre Noon Encounter With A Mystic Woman

A man named Richard of Caister was the vicar of the church of St. Stephens in Norwich, England, from 1402 until 1420. In addition...
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Homer

  Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE) "The whole world prays that a heartless man who behaves heartlessly will suffer misfortune in his life, and derides him...

Marco Polo’s Fortuitous Capture By Genoese Sailors

Marco Polo left on his famous adventure to the court of Kublai Khan in 1271, alongside his father, Niccolò, and his uncle, Maffeo. The...

Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl, by François Perrier (c. 1594–1649)

In the painting above, the French artist François Perrier (c. 1594–1649) re-created a scene from book 6 of The Aeneid, an epic poem written...

Sima Xiangru

Sima Xiangru (c. 179-117 BCE) "Misfortune often lurks in the shadowy darkness and springs forth when men are off their guard." This quote comes from a...

Empress Theodora Was Reportedly Very Fond Of Baths And Naps

Ah, the luxury of hot water! Ever since the magic of warm and soothing water was discovered by humanity long, long ago, cultures the...

Lewis & Clark [and Sacagawea] at Three Forks, painted by Edgar Samuel Paxson (1852–1919)

In this artwork, Edgar Samuel Paxson (1852–1919) depicts three famous explorers who trekked westward across the North American continent to reach Oregon and the...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "The Madness of war is upon us, the power of iron, the fist, will confound all justice, and wicked crimes will be called virtue—and...

Rome’s Underwhelming First Reaction To Carthage’s First Meddling In Sicily

Ancient Romans and Carthaginians had known of each other for centuries before they ultimately clashed in the fateful Punic Wars of the 3rd and...

Illustration Of Pope Sylvester II And The Devil From The Chronicon Pontificum Et Imperatorum

This curious image comes from a 15th-century manuscript of the Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum (Chronicle of the Popes and Emperors), originally written by Martinus...

The Bhagavad Gita

  The Bhagavad Gita (dated between the 2nd century BCE and 2nd century CE) "Your authority is in action along, and never in its fruits; motive should never be in the...

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Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (c. 6th-5th century BCE) "The empire is a sacred vessel and nothing should be done to it. Whoever does anything to it will...

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  Virgil (c. 70-19 BCE) "Since Fortune's got the upper hand, let's follow her where she calls and change course." From The Aeneid (Book V) by Virgil, translated...

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "Injustice armed is hardest to deal with; and though man is born with weapons which he can use in the service...

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