Thursday, June 30, 2022

The Short-Lived Rebellion Of Valentinain Against Emperor Constans II

For the Empire of Constantinople, the 640s began with uncertainty and chaos. The long and stabilizing rule of Emperor Heraclius (r. 610-641) came to...

Tyr Lays His Hand In The Mouth Of The Fenris Wolf, Sculpted By Vilhelm Bissen (c. 1836 – 1913)

This sculpture, by the Danish artist Vilhelm Bissen (c. 1836 – 1913), depicts a tale from Norse mythology. The wolfish figure featured in the...

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...

James Madison

James Madison (c. 1751-1836) "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and...

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Tyr Lays His Hand In The Mouth Of The Fenris Wolf, Sculpted By Vilhelm Bissen (c. 1836 – 1913)

This sculpture, by the Danish artist Vilhelm Bissen (c. 1836 – 1913), depicts a tale from Norse mythology. The wolfish figure featured in the...

The Bitter-Sweet Myth Of Glaucos’ Death And Resurrection

One of the many children said to have been fathered by the mythical King Minos of Crete was a boy named Glaucus (or Glaucos),...

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,...

Emperor Alexios I Komnenos

Emperor Alexios I Komnenos (r. 1081-1118) "We have prepared a very fine dish, not without rich savory sauce. If you would like to share the...

Torture in the Spanish Civil War

(Soldiers on their way to the front during the Spanish Civil War, c. 1936-1939, via Creative Commons and Flickr) A Horrid War The Spanish Civil...

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...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "Whoever could make two ears of corn or two blades of grass to grow upon a spot of ground where only...

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Tertullian (2nd and 3rd Century theologian from Carthage) "Heretics and philosophers perpend the same themes and are caught up in the same discussions. What is...
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The Wedding of Alexander and Roxana, attributed to Gerard de Lairesse (c. 1641 – 1711)

This painting, attributed to the Dutch artist Gerard de Lairesse (c. 1641 – 1711), is thought to depict the marriage of Alexander the Great...

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...

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...

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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