Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Legend Of The Prolific Icelandic Boar, Solvi

Helgi the Lean was a man of Scandinavian and Irish descent who moved to Iceland during a period of time called the Age of...

Count Hugh of Vermandois’ Double Shipwreck In 1096

King Philip I of France (r. 1059-1108) had a brother named Hugh “the Great,” who held the rank of Count of Vermandois. As King...

The Disastrous Wedding Celebration Of Princess Domentzia

In the year 606 or 607, Emperor Phokas of Constantinople (r. 602-610) arranged for his daughter, Domentzia, to marry an influential man named Priskos....

King Heimer And Aslög, Painted By August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), was inspired by famous Germanic and Norse legends and myths. The older man seen...

The Fiery Surrender of Narses To Emperor Phokas

Emperor Phokas became the ruler of Constantinople and its empire in 602, after successfully leading a military revolt that overthrew Emperor Maurice (r. 582-602)....

Valkyrie And A Dying Hero, Painted By Hans Makart (c. 1840–1884)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Hans Makart (c. 1840–1884), draws inspiration from ancient and early medieval Germanic-Norse religious beliefs. It features a being...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "Having strictly examined all the persons of greatest name in the courts of princes for an hundred years past, I found...

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Paris and Oenone, by Jacques Blanchard (c. 1600-1638)

This drawing, by the French artist Jacques Blanchard (c. 1600-1638), was inspired by ancient Greek mythology. Blanchard re-creates a scene from the early life...

The Legend Of The Prolific Icelandic Boar, Solvi

Helgi the Lean was a man of Scandinavian and Irish descent who moved to Iceland during a period of time called the Age of...

Nymphs Listening to the Songs of Orpheus, by Charles François Jalabert (c. 1819-1901)

As the title explains, this painting—by the French artist Charles François Jalabert (c. 1819-1901)—depicts a crowd of nymphs gathering to hear the playing and...

Arrian

  Arrian (c. 90-173+) "Luck, remember, is an unpredictable thing, and against what it may bring no man has any defence." From Arrian's The Campaigns of Alexander (Book 5),...

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...

Han Fei Tzu Was Executed By The Greatest Follower Of His Legalist Government Philosophy

  (Portrait of Han Fei Tzu, via Creative Commons)   Around 280 BCE, Han Fei Tzu was born a prince into the Han Kingdom, of central...

Clement of Alexandria

Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-215 CE) "Extremes, in fact, are dangerous, but the mean is good, and all that avoids dire need is a mean." From...

Death Of Hector (Achilles Dragging The Body Of Hector), Painted By Gavin Hamilton (c. 1723-1798)

This painting, created by the Scottish artist Gavin Hamilton (c. 1723-1798), depicts what is perhaps the most controversial act carried out by the Greek...
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The Story Of The Farmer And The Satyr From Aisopus’ Fables, Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674)

In the title provided for this painting, the Dutch artist Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674) clearly laid out his goal for this artwork:...

Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE) "For a man to help others with all his gifts and native strength: that is the noblest work." Sophocles, Oedipus the King, approximately...

Odysseus before Alcinous, King of the Phaeacians, painted by August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), depicts a scene from Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. In the prelude to the...

Rome’s Dismal Start To Its War Against Tarquinii

Tarquinii was one of the many cities that expansionist Rome clashed against during the 4th century BCE. In that century, hostility between the two...

The Ineffective Tiburtine Siege Of Rome

Around the year 360 BCE, the relatively weak city of Tibur infuriated Rome by allegedly harboring and accommodating Gallic warbands. In response, Rome declared...

Pliny The Younger Gave His Nurse A Small Farm

Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113) was a successful lawyer, bureaucrat, politician, and financial advisor. Judged in the currency of denarii and sesterces of his...

Joan of Arc’s Holy Banner

Of all the intriguing and interesting people of medieval Europe, Jeanne d’Arc (commonly known as Joan of Arc, c. 1412-1431) lived one of the...

The Awkward Banquet Of Thorir Olvirsson

Thorir Olvirsson was an up-and-coming, youthful 11th-century Norwegian nobleman who cultivated a lot of good will with the people living in the regions around...

King William Rufus’ Constructive Strategy Against Earl Robert Of Northumberland

Robert de Mowbray became the Earl of Northumberland shortly before the death of William the Conqueror in 1087. After the death of the conqueror,...
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The Lombard Odyssey Of Lopichis

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This painting, produced by an unidentified artist around 1625, depicts one of the early heroic accomplishments carried out by the ancient Greek god, Apollo....

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On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II (r. 1088-1099) gave a speech that would be interpreted by Christendom as a call for an armed...

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