Saturday, May 21, 2022

Landscape With Paris And Oenone In The Foreground, By Jean-Victor Bertin (c. 1767-1842)

This painting, by the French artist Jean-Victor Bertin (c. 1767-1842), is largely a landscape work that is dominated by a shallow stream running below...

The Odd Dethroning Of Duke Pemmo Of Friuli

Duke Pemmo was tasked with overseeing the Friuli region of the Lombard kingdom during the reign of King Aripert II (r. 701-712). Pemmo came...

The Ambassadors Of Haroun Al Rashid Offer The Keys Of The Holy Sepulcher To Charlemagne, By Henri Leopold Lévy (c. 1840 – 1904)

This painting, by the French artist Henri Leopold Lévy (c. 1840 - 1904), was inspired by the interesting correspondence that occurred between Charlemagne (aka...

The Brief Reigns Of Emperors Constantine III and Heraclonas

Emperor Heraclius seized power over Constantinople and its empire by force in 610, usurping the throne from his predecessor, Emperor Phocas (r. 602-610)—who was,...

Leif Eiriksson Discovering America, By An Unknown 19th Century Artist

In the first decade of the 11th century, several Nordic adventurers were said to have led expeditions to North America, with Leif Eiriksson (featured...

The Coronation Of Charlemagne, By Henri Leopold Lévy (c. 1840 – 1904)

This trio of paintings, by the French artist Henri Leopold Lévy (c. 1840 - 1904), depicts a famous event from the life of Charlemagne...

Salutation Of Beatrice, By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (c. 1828 – 1882)

This painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (c. 1828 - 1882) depicts an encounter between the famous poet, Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321), and his muse,...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (c. 1835-1910) "A body that don't get started right when he's little ain't got no show—when the pinch comes there ain't nothing to...

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Landscape With Paris And Oenone In The Foreground, By Jean-Victor Bertin (c. 1767-1842)

This painting, by the French artist Jean-Victor Bertin (c. 1767-1842), is largely a landscape work that is dominated by a shallow stream running below...

The Pin-Point Revenge Of Alcmene Against King Eurystheus

As told by ancient Greek mythology, Alcmene was a Mycenaean princess who gave birth to the famous hero, Heracles, after she was visited by...

Oedipus And Antigone, by Camille Félix Bellanger (c. 1853 – 1923)

This painting, by the French artist Camille Félix Bellanger (c. 1853 - 1923), was inspired by ancient Greek myths about an unfortunate man named...

Evangelus—The 6th-Century Lawyer Who Allegedly Tried To Buy His Own Seaside Town

As told by the historian, Procopius (c. 6th century), an interesting lawyer named Evangelus conducted his business from a headquarters in Caesarea during the...

Odysseus and Nausicaa, Painted By Joachim Von Sandrart (c. 1630-1688)

This painting, created by the German artist and writer Joachim von Sandrart (c. 1630-1688), depicts a scene from Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. It...

The Strung-Out Death Of King Grimoald

In 671, King Grimoald of the Lombards would have been just over 60 years of age, but despite his advancing years, the king was...

Lucius Fulcinius Trio Lived And Died By The Law In Ancient Rome

  During the reign of Emperor Tiberius (r. 14-37), lawyers could amass huge fortunes as prosecutors. Similar to a witch-hunt atmosphere, the rich and powerful...

Edgar Allan Poe Had An Early Life As Filled With Misfortune As The Stories In His Writings

(Original daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe taken by Edwin H. Manchester, on the morning of November 9th, 1848, via Creative Commons)   Few authors have...
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The Pin-Point Revenge Of Alcmene Against King Eurystheus

As told by ancient Greek mythology, Alcmene was a Mycenaean princess who gave birth to the famous hero, Heracles, after she was visited by...

Socrates

Socrates (c. 469-399 BCE) "I prefer nothing, unless it is true." This saying, attributed to Socrates, was recorded in Plato’s Euthyphro (section 14e). The translation...

Prometheus, By Carl Rahl (c. 1812 – 1865)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Carl Rahl (c. 1812 - 1865), depicts a fortunate meeting of two prominent figures from Greek mythology. On...

Lucan

Secret Ballot Pranks In the 1st Century Roman Senate

Although the renowned ancient Roman Senate was greatly reduced in power and influence after the transformative era of figures such as Julius Caesar (c....

The Coronation Of Charlemagne, By Henri Leopold Lévy (c. 1840 – 1904)

This trio of paintings, by the French artist Henri Leopold Lévy (c. 1840 - 1904), depicts a famous event from the life of Charlemagne...

Pliny The Younger’s Box Hedge Craze

Pliny the Younger (r. 61/62-113) was a man of many interests. Professionally, he made a career as a prominent lawyer, assessor and government bureaucrat,...

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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