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Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Consider for a moment the principles of things, and you will see that we are all of one flesh and that...

The Arming Of Erminia, Attributed To Gaspare Diziani (c. 1689-1767)

This artwork, painted by the Italian artist Gaspare Diziani (c. 1689-1767), was inspired by a curious poem called Gerusalemme liberata, written by the Italian...

Ægir’s Feast, By Constantin Hansen (c. 1804 – 1880)

This painting, by the Danish artist Constantin Hansen (c. 1804 – 1880), was inspired by a character named Ægir or Hler from a text...

The Tale Of Herfemar’s Standoff Against King Liutprand’s Palace Guards

In the early 8th century, a warrior named Herfemar served as a high-ranking advisor to Pemmo, a Lombard Duke of the Friuli region of...

The Emperor Heraclius Carrying the Cross, by Pierre Subleyras (c. 1699-1749)

This painting, by the French artist Pierre Subleyras (c. 1699-1749), recalls stories of Emperor Heraclius of Constantinople (r. 610-641) and the role that he...

The Tale Of The Golden Gear Of Rhazates

Rhazates was the name given by scholars of Constantinople to a general of the Persian army who clashed against Emperor Heraclius of Constantinople (r....

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (c. 1712-1778) "Not one of you is so ignorant as not to know that, when the laws lose their force and those who...

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Cadmus Slaying The Dragon, By Hendrick Goltzius (c. 1558 – 1617)

This artwork, from the German-Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius (c. 1558 – 1617), re-creates a tale from the life of the ancient Greek mythical hero,...

Nauplios—An Ancient Greek Human Trafficker Of Myth

An intriguing character named Nauplios appeared from time to time in the tales of mythology about the gods and early hero-kings of the ancient...

Ægir’s Feast, By Constantin Hansen (c. 1804 – 1880)

This painting, by the Danish artist Constantin Hansen (c. 1804 – 1880), was inspired by a character named Ægir or Hler from a text...

The Fiery Tale Of Saint Germanus Overthrowing A Monarch In Powys

  5th-century Britain is one of those frustrating time periods in history where we know there were numerous great people taking actions that had tremendous...

The Folklore Origin Story About The Miraculous Rise Of Alexander The Great’s Argead Dynasty

The renowned conqueror, Alexander the Great, and his brilliant father, King Philip II, are the two best-known members of the Macedonian Argead Dynasty. Yet,...

The Satyr And The Peasant, By Johann Liss (1597 – 1631)

This painting, by the German artist Johann Liss (1597 - 1631), was inspired by one of the fables attributed to the legendary tale-teller, Aesop,...

The Saucy Way That Emperor Wu Annexed Yelang

Around the year 135 BCE, Tang Meng, an envoy from the Han Empire, visited the kingdom of Southern Yue (or Nanyue, in the Chinese-Vietnamese...

The Tale Of An Ancient Palm Grove Massacre In Sinai

According to ancient sources such as Diodorus Siculus (1st century BCE) and Strabo (64 BCE-24 CE), there was a war in the Sinai Peninsula...
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The Birth Of Bacchus, By An 18th-Century Artist

This painting, by an unidentified 18th-century artist, strives to re-create the mythical birth scene of the ancient god, Bacchus—the Roman equivalent of the Greek...

Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE) "Of course you cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgment, not till he's shown his colors, ruling the...

Aristotle’s Philosophical View On The Origins Of Government

Many famous philosophers presented theories envisioning how primordial authority structure and ancient governments might have formed at the dawn of civilization. From absolute divine...

The Shipwreck Of Agrippina, By Gustav Wertheimer (c. 1847-1902)

This artwork by the Austrian artist, Gustav Wertheimer (c. 1847-1902), was inspired by the elaborate tales of Nero’s plots to assassinate his own mother,...

The Tale Of Sickly Zosimus The Bard

A man named Zosimus was a freedman who was employed as an entertainer by the Roman lawyer and statesman, Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113)....

The Stressed Family Audience At Calpurnius’ Poetry Recital

A young aspiring poet named Calpurnius tried his hand at composing and performing poetry around the late 1st century or early 2nd century. After...

Sketch For The Battle Of Poitiers, By Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863)

This artwork, by the French artist Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863), was created as he visualized and practiced for a painting that he would produce...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad." From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act...

William Shakespeare

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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The Emperor Heraclius Carrying the Cross, by Pierre Subleyras (c. 1699-1749)

This painting, by the French artist Pierre Subleyras (c. 1699-1749), recalls stories of Emperor Heraclius of Constantinople (r. 610-641) and the role that he...

Lord Shang (recorded by Sima Qian)

Lord Shang (c. 4th century BCE) "If you are going to act the part of a great man, you must expect the censure of the...

The Tale Of The Golden Gear Of Rhazates

Rhazates was the name given by scholars of Constantinople to a general of the Persian army who clashed against Emperor Heraclius of Constantinople (r....

Apollo And Daphne, By Felice Giani (c. 1758–1823)

This lightly-colored illustration, by the Italian artist Felice Giani (c. 1758–1823), depicts the red-cloaked god, Apollo, harassing a Naiad nymph named Daphne. Sitting behind...

Diodorus Siculus’ Alternate Account For The Phrixus And Helle Myth

Phrixus (or Phrixos) and Helle, according to their traditional story from Greek mythology, were a brother and sister pair forced to flee their Greek...

Clovis And Clotilde, By Antoine Gros (1771-1835)

This painting, by the French artist Antoine Gros (c. 1771-1835), depicts the Frankish power couple of King Clovis (r. 481-511/513) and his formidable wife,...

Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "A bad man's gifts can bring no good." From Euripides’ Medea (approximately line 615), translated by James Morwood in Medea and...

The Stressed Family Audience At Calpurnius’ Poetry Recital

A young aspiring poet named Calpurnius tried his hand at composing and performing poetry around the late 1st century or early 2nd century. After...

Between Scylla And Charybdis, By Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl (c. 1860–1933)

This painting, by the Hungarian artist Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl (c. 1860–1933), was inspired by one of the most famous scenes in Homer’s epic poem, The...

Ovid

Ovid (43 BCE-17 CE) "My gift Is poetry, the praise Of beautiful girls. I can make them immortal. Fine dresses, Jewelry, gold, all perish. But the fame Bestowed by...

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