Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Bizarre Medieval Reputation Of The Abasgi People For Producing Most Of Constantinople’s Eunuchs

Regions often can acquire interesting reputations, such as being known for having intricate ceremonies and populations of great warriors, or being sea-faring people with...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "The bad state of the modern world is due— as you may see, then—to bad leadership; and not to natural corruption in you." ...

The Death Of Saint Louis, By Ary Scheffer (c. 1795-1858)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Ary Scheffer (c. 1795-1858), was inspired by the death scene of Saint Louis, more commonly known as King...

St. Genevieve Of Brabant In The Forest, By George Frederick Bensell (c. 1837-1879)

This painting, by the American artist George Frederick Bensell (c. 1837-1879), was inspired by the medieval legends of Saint Genevieve of Brabant. Not to...

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The Tale Of A Jail-Break And Assassination Carried Out By Prisoners From Constantinople

In the mid-7th century, the realm of the emperors of Constantinople came under attack from aggressive Arab armies. During the reign of the first...

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The Combat of the Horatii and the Curiatii, by Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 – 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826)

This artwork, created by the French artist Jean-François Janinet (c. 1752 - 1814) after Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier I (1738 – 1826), re-creates a story...

Picus And Circe, By Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705)

This painting, by the Italian artist Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705), was inspired by the ancient tale of Picus, a man of myth or legend...

The Myth Of The Rebuilding Of Pelops

Several ancient mythological figures, according to the tales told about them, were reportedly torn apart and put back together again by their loved ones....

Anna Komnene

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Plato

Plato (427-347 BCE) "The field of knowledge is reality, isn't it? Its function is to know the reality of anything real?" From Republic (478a) by...

The Struggle Of King Sigebert And King Guntram Over Arles

  The medieval Franks had a troublesome habit of dividing their empire between several related co-kings, often numbering four monarchs. This occurred after the death...

The Drug-Fueled Assassination Plot Against The Royal Family Of Austrasia

Around 585 or 586, two suspicious individuals were arrested in the city of Soissons by Duke Rauching, one of the most talented manhunters of...

Herodotus

Herodotus (5th century BCE Greek Historian) "Indeed, I will do anything you bid me; but I will tell you none the less what I think...
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Picus And Circe, By Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705)

This painting, by the Italian artist Luca Giordano (c. 1634-1705), was inspired by the ancient tale of Picus, a man of myth or legend...

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Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "It is clear then that those constitutions which aim at the common good are right, as being in accord with absolute...

The Myth Of The Rebuilding Of Pelops

Several ancient mythological figures, according to the tales told about them, were reportedly torn apart and put back together again by their loved ones....

The Tale Of The Ancient Roman Leaping Lovers At Lake Como

Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113)—a prolific letter-writing lawyer, statesman, and advisor in all things dealing with finance and inheritance—was one day yachting about Lake...

The Legal Showdown Between Lustricius Bruttianus And Montanius Atticinus In Ancient Rome

In the Roman Empire of the 1st and 2nd centuries, there lived two lawyers known as Lustricius Bruttianus and Montanius Atticinus. The latter of...

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...

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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...

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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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