Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Bizarre Tale Of Thorolf Sledgehammer And His Army Of Magical Cats

A curious figure named Thorolf Sledgehammer can be found in a brief passage within the pages of the Vatnsdæla Saga, a text dated to...

The Tale Of Chundo—A Man Sentenced To Trial By Combat And Stoning For Illegal Hunting

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Queen Faileuba’s Destruction Of The Servant, Septimima

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The Pointed Death Of Count Waddo

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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...

Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "It cannot be called virtue to kill one's fellow-citizens, betray one's friends, be without faith, without pity, and without religion; by...

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph (Nez Percé/Nimiipuu leader, c. 1840-1904) "Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and...

Ariovistus and Julius Caesar, print by Johann Michael Mettenleiter (c. 1765-1883)

This illustration, by the German artist Johann Michael Mettenleiter (c. 1765-1883), depicts a meeting between the Roman military leader and eventual dictator, Julius Caesar...

Aeneas Crowns Cloanthus, Painted by Ferdinand Bol (c. 1616-1680)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Ferdinand Bol (c. 1616-1680), re-creates a scene from the Aeneid, a poem by the Roman poet, Virgil (c....

Samson Captured by the Philistines, by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (c. 1591–1666)

This painting was finished in the year 1619 by the Italian artist, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (aka Guercino, c. 1591–1666). As the piece was commissioned...

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Ariovistus and Julius Caesar, print by Johann Michael Mettenleiter (c. 1765-1883)

This illustration, by the German artist Johann Michael Mettenleiter (c. 1765-1883), depicts a meeting between the Roman military leader and eventual dictator, Julius Caesar...

The Ironic Tale Of Di Shan’s Pacifistic Downfall

Di Shan was a scholarly official in the employ of China’s Emperor Wu (r. 141-87 BCE). In his advice, he had a reputation to...

Coriolanus At The Gates Of Rome, Painted By Franz Anton Maulbertsch (c. 1724–1796)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Franz Anton Maulbertsch (c. 1724–1796), was inspired by an ancient Roman Legend. Standing center stage by the tree...

Alexander the Great At The Battle Of The Granicus Against The Persians, Painted By Cornelis Troost (c. 1697-1750)

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Aeneas Crowns Cloanthus, Painted by Ferdinand Bol (c. 1616-1680)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Ferdinand Bol (c. 1616-1680), re-creates a scene from the Aeneid, a poem by the Roman poet, Virgil (c....

The Bizarre Tale Of Thorolf Sledgehammer And His Army Of Magical Cats

A curious figure named Thorolf Sledgehammer can be found in a brief passage within the pages of the Vatnsdæla Saga, a text dated to...

The Sacrifice of Polyxena at the Tomb of Achilles, painted by Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767)

This painting, created by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767), was inspired by the tragic myth of Polyxena, a Trojan...

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...

Jokul (from the Vatnsdæla Saga)

Jokul (character set in 9th-century Norway) "Bad counsel turns out badly." Saying attributed to Jokul, son of Earl Ingimund of Gotland, in the anonymously-written Saga of...

The Supernatural Nursery Room Of Augustus

  Shortly after Augustus’ death in the year 14, the Roman Senate declared him to have ascended to divinity and an order of priests and...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) "One's ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature." From A Study in Scarlet, in Sherlock...

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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Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "As for those who give straight judgments to visitors and to their own people and do not deviate from...

The Sacrifice of Polyxena at the Tomb of Achilles, painted by Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767)

This painting, created by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Pittoni the Younger (c. 1687-1767), was inspired by the tragic myth of Polyxena, a Trojan...

Sappho of Lesbos And The Husband Hoax

Sappho was a woman from the Greek island of Lesbos who prolifically composed songs and poems during the late 7th and early 6th centuries...

Aeneas On Delos, By Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682)

This drawing, by the French artist Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682), was inspired by an episode from the Aeneid, an epic poem by the Roman...

Ariovistus and Julius Caesar, print by Johann Michael Mettenleiter (c. 1765-1883)

This illustration, by the German artist Johann Michael Mettenleiter (c. 1765-1883), depicts a meeting between the Roman military leader and eventual dictator, Julius Caesar...

Dictatorship Offered To Cincinnatus, Painted By Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1696–1770)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1696–1770), re-creates a famous legend from the days of the early Roman Republic. The...

Aeneas On Delos, By Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682)

This drawing, by the French artist Claude Lorrain (c. 1600-1682), was inspired by an episode from the Aeneid, an epic poem by the Roman...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Among the thousand ways to die, only one is feared— the one you're about to die of." From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 3,...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "I dare engage, these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call...

Examination Of A Witch, Painted By Tompkins Harrison Matteson (c. 1813–1884)

This painting was created by the American artist, Tompkins Harrison Matteson (c. 1813–1884), and is housed within the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts....

Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe (c. 1373-1439+) "It is a pity that money should succeed before truth." The Book of Margery Kempe (Book 1, chapter 25), dictated by Margery...

The Assassination Of Edward The Martyr, By Joseph Martin Kronheim (c. 1810–1896)

This illustration, created by the German artist Joseph Martin Kronheim (c. 1810–1896), depicts the final moments of King Edward the Martyr of England, who...
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The Deadly Brawl Of Frankish Envoys In Carthage

Between the years 584 and 590, King Childebert II of Austrasia (r. 575-595) launched several invasions into the Lombard-controlled regions Italy, ruled at that...

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