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The Tale Of King Cunincpert’s Body-Double Victory Over Duke Alahis At Bergamo

King Cunincpert became the ruler of the Lombards in Italy around 688 after succeeding his father, King Perctarit (r. 671-688). Upon Cunincpert’s ascendance to...

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Dogling Kings Of Denmark

“Doglings” was one amusing way (at least to the ears of English speakers) by which Danish royals were sometimes referred to by medieval writers....

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This painting, by the Norwegian artist Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831-1892), was one of several artworks by Arbo that featured a being known as...

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Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "In order to oppose the laws of Nature, one has to possess exceptional powers, which often turn out to have been...

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The Myth Of Medea Being Criminally Cleared For Killing A King And Princess Of Corinth

In ancient Greek mythology, Medea was an occult-inclined princess from the Black Sea city of Colchis who betrayed her people and her family after...

Achilles Restrained By Athena In Agamemnon’s Tent, By Johan Tobias Sergel (c. 1740-1814)

This drawing, by the Swedish artist Johan Tobias Sergel (c. 1740-1814), re-creates the dramatic argument that occurred between King Agamemnon and Achilles in the...

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This painting, by an unknown artist from the 19th century, was inspired by the myths of Oedipus, perhaps the unluckiest figure from ancient Greek...

The Buddha

  The Buddha (6th Century BCE) "Though one might conquer in battle a thousand times a thousand men, the one who conquers himself alone is supreme in battle." The Dhammapada...

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The Pseudo-Werewolf Story From The Witch-Hunter’s Manual, The Malleus Maleficarum

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Achilles Restrained By Athena In Agamemnon’s Tent, By Johan Tobias Sergel (c. 1740-1814)

This drawing, by the Swedish artist Johan Tobias Sergel (c. 1740-1814), re-creates the dramatic argument that occurred between King Agamemnon and Achilles in the...

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This painting, by the British artist Frederic Leighton (c. 1830-1896), was inspired by the sad and tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The instrument-wielding...

The Murder Of Larcius Macedo

Around the turn of the 1st and 2nd centuries, a curious figure named Larcius Macedo was living a rags to riches story in ancient...

The Bullish Origin Myth For The Name “Italy”

During Heracles’ famous labors for King Eurystheus of Tiryns (a Mycenean stronghold city), one of the quests given to Heracles was for the hero...

Virgil Reading The Aeneid To The Family Of Augustus, By Vincenzo Camuccini (c. 1771-1844)

This painting, by the Italian artist Vincenzo Camuccini (c. 1771-1844), depicts the ancient Roman poet, Virgil (c. 70-19 BCE), reading sections of his epic...

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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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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,...
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