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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,...

Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "It is a worthless man who keeps changing his friends: let your disposition not disgrace your appearance." From Hesiod’s Works and...

Grettir the Strong

  Grettir the Strong (said to have lived c. 996-1031) "Arriving at the well is one thing; drinking is another." A saying attributed to Grettir, in the...

The Legendary Duel Of Titus Manlius And A Gallic Champion

Around the year 361 BCE, the city of Rome received disturbing intelligence reports that a Gallic army was loitering along the Via Salaria (Salt...

The Malleus Maleficarum (Kramer and Sprenger)

The Malleus Maleficarum (Published by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger around 1487) "The question arises whether people who hold that witches do not exist are...

King Agesilaus II

  King Agesilaus II of Sparta (r. 400-360 BCE) "It isn't positions which lend men distinction, but men who enhance positions." Quote attributed to King Agesilaus II...
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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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