Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Awkward Royal Election Of Hildeprand

King Liutprand of the Lombards, who ascended to power in 712, never fathered any legitimate male heirs to his throne. This caused a crisis...

The Gale-Force Legend Of Thorstein Red-Nose

Thorstein Red-Nose was the oldest son of Hrolf Red-Beard, an early settler of Iceland who built a homestead, called Foss, in the Southern Region...

Machiavelli

Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "A prince must also show himself a lover of merit, give preferment to the able, and honour those who excel in every...

Loki And Sigyn, Painted By C.W. Eckersberg (c. 1783 – 1853)

This painting, by the Danish artist Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (c. 1783 – 1853), was inspired by a painful myth involving the mischievous Norse god,...

The Crossfire Death Of Aufusus

Aufusus was a young Lombard nobleman who flourished during the first half of the 8th century. He had links to the royal family, for...

The Coated Land Exchange Of Steinunn The Old

A woman named Steinunn the Old was a kinswoman of the famed Icelandic frontiersman, Ingolf (or Ingólfr) Arnarson. Also known as Ingolf the Settler,...

Machiavelli

Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "A prince must also show himself a lover of merit, give preferment to the able, and honour those who excel in every...

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Orestes and Pylades in Tauris, by Nicolaas Verkolje (c. 1673 – 1746)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Nicolaas Verkolje (c. 1673 - 1746), was inspired by the ancient Greek play, Iphigenia in Tauris, which was...

The Gale-Force Legend Of Thorstein Red-Nose

Thorstein Red-Nose was the oldest son of Hrolf Red-Beard, an early settler of Iceland who built a homestead, called Foss, in the Southern Region...

Andromache Lamenting The Death Of Hector, Attributed To The Workshop Of Heinrich Friedrich Füger (c. 1751-1818)

This gloomy painting, attributed to the workshop of the Austrian artist Heinrich Friedrich Füger (c. 1751-1818), depicts the widowed Andromache mourning over the body...

The Story Of The Poetic Protest Graffiti Left On Hernan Cortes’ Walls

Dividing wealth among treasure-hunters is often a tense task, prone to arguments and suspicion, but relationships in such situations can become especially strained when...

Confucius

  Confucius (flourished 6th century BCE) "He who is broad wins the multitude, he who keeps his word is trusted by the people, he who is...

Hildr Hrólfsdóttir

  Attributed to Hildr Hrólfsdóttir (c. 9th century), recorded by Snorri Sturluson (c. 1179-1241) "Tis ill 'gainst wolf to be wolfish, warrior, such wolf opposing. Hard that wolf...

Njal Thorgeirsson (Njal’s Saga)

Njal's Saga (written anonymously in the 13th century) "Never kill more than once within the same bloodline, and never break any settlement which goodmen make...

Eteonicus’ Deceitful Withdrawal From Mytilene

In 406 BCE, Eteonicus was a trusted officer serving under the Spartan nauarch (or admiral), Callicratidas. Together, they campaigned against Athenian positions in the...
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The Tale Of Artemis’ Gravitative Revenge Against An Impious Hunter

In the ancient world, if a devout Greek hunter wanted to honor the huntress-goddess, Artemis, one of the ways he or she could reportedly...

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "We praise those who love their friends, and the possession of many friends is held to be one of the fine...

The Tale Of Heracles’ Ironic Name

Ancient Greece’s mightiest hero, Heracles (known in Rome as Hercules), was said to have been actually born with the name Alcaeus. As the ancient...

Cincinnatus Receiving The Ambassadors From Rome, by Alexandre Cabanel (c. 1823-1889)

This painting, titled Cincinnatus Recevant Les Ambassadeurs De Rome (or Cincinnatus Receiving The Ambassadors From Rome), was created by the French artist Alexandre Cabanel...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Blind fool! What god besides Death can guarantee that you'll feel no shock of war, that you'll be free from a world in trouble?" ...

The Legendary Slippery First Step Of The Roman-Latin War

Rome faced great trials and tribulations in the 4th century BCE. The awkward and embarrassing Gallic sack of Rome occurred that century, happening sometime...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 - 1616) "Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes,...

The Viking-British Sibling Settlers Of Iceland

Two brothers, Hildir and Hallgeir, along with their sister, Ljot, journeyed to Iceland during the so-called Age of Settlement (c. 860-930). This trio reportedly...

The Gods Of The English Weekdays

Although religions have come and gone since the days of the ancient world and the Middle Ages, belief systems from those eras have left...
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This painting, by the Dutch artist Carel Fabritius (c. 1622-1654), was inspired by the ancient Greco-Roman myth of Mercury (aka Hermes), Argus and Io....

The Life Of Duke Gisulf And The Tale Of Him Forcing A Pope To Pay Ransoms

Duke Gisulf (or Gisulfo) was a Lombard duke of Benevento who operated with substantial autonomy during the tumultuous reigns of the Lombard kings Cunincpert...

Pandora, Painted By Odilon Redon (c. 1840 – 1916)

This painting, by the French artist Odilon Redon (c. 1840 - 1916), was inspired by the ancient Greek myths of the first woman, Pandora....

Njal Thorgeirsson (Njal’s Saga)

Njal's Saga (written anonymously in the 13th century) "Never kill more than once within the same bloodline, and never break any settlement which goodmen make...

The Legend Of The Sacrificial Rivalry Between Titus Manlius Torquatus And Publius Decius Mus

Titus Manlius Imperiosus Torquatus (or simply Titus Manlius Torquatus) and Publius Decius Mus were the two Roman consuls who led Rome’s military in a...

Odysseus and Nausicaa, Painted By Salvator Rosa (c. 1615-1673)

This painting, by the Italian artist Salvator Rosa (c. 1615-1673), depicts a scene from Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. In particular, the artwork re-creates...

Felix The Grammarian And His Treasured Staff

Felix the Grammarian was a scholar and teacher who flourished in war-torn Italy during the transition period between the 7th and 8th centuries. He...

Cincinnatus Receiving The Ambassadors From Rome, by Alexandre Cabanel (c. 1823-1889)

This painting, titled Cincinnatus Recevant Les Ambassadeurs De Rome (or Cincinnatus Receiving The Ambassadors From Rome), was created by the French artist Alexandre Cabanel...

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The Legendary Grudge Of Thorstein The Shipbuilder

Thorstein the Shipbuilder (also known simply as Thorstein Shipbuilder) was, as his name conveys, a man who built ships in 11th-century Norway. He specifically...

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