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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 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...

Ovid

Ovid (43 BCE-17 CE) "If you want a cure for slackness, fall in love!" From The Amores (1.9.46) by Ovid, translated by Peter Green in...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Fortune saves many guilty men, and nature's divine powers can only vent their wrath on unlucky wretches." From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 3, approximately line...

The Straightjacket-Like Corê Sleeve Reportedly Used In The Ancient Persian Court

Ancient Greek writers who were exposed to the ancient Persian court were intrigued by a curious garment that was said to have been used...

Self-Portrait Of Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584 –1645)

Above is a self-portrait painted by Miyamoto Musashi (c. c. 1584 –1645), one of the most interesting figures to have lived in Japan. It...

Dying Hercules, Painted By Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872)

This painting, by the American artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse (c. 1791–1872), was inspired by stories of the death of the mythical hero, Hercules...
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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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The Ironically Timely And Symbolic Destruction Of The Japanese Imperial Palace Enclosure In Kyoto

Japan’s imperial Yamato Dynasty traces its origins to ancient myth and legend, but its imperial government apparatus really began to solidify around the 7th...

The Legates Of Alexander The Great Investing The Gardener Abdalonymus With The Insignia Of The Kingship Of Sidon, By Nicolaes Knupfer (c. 17th century)

This painting, by the Dutch artist Nicolaes Knupfer (c. 17th century), was inspired by a legend connected to the campaigns of Alexander the Great....

The Tale of Gaius Fannius’ Premonition Of His Own Death

Gaius Fannius was a Roman lawyer and an aspiring historian who lived in the 1st century. Although his primary profession was in the Roman...

Heracles Vanquishing Queen Hippolyte Of The Amazons, By Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798 – 1863)

This painting, by the French artist Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798 - 1863), was inspired by the story of the ancient Greek hero, Heracles (known...

The Odd Rise And Brief Reign Of Queen Borane Of Persia

Borane (also known as Buran and Boran) was one of several children of the Persian ruler, Khosrow II (r. 591-628). She, along with other...

The Assassination Of Alboin, King Of The Lombards, By Charles Landseer (c. 1799 – 1879)

This painting, by the English artist Charles Landseer (c. 1799 – 1879), was inspired by tales of the demise of King Alboin of the...

Aeschylus

Aeschylus (c. 525-456 BCE) "The reach for power can recoil, the bolt of god can strike you at a glance." From Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (approximately lines 460-465),...

The Deadly Dating Drama Of Olaf Split-Brow’s Widow, Ashild

According to Icelandic folklore and legend, a man named Olaf Split-Brow was one of the early settlers who arrived in Iceland during the island’s...

Alexander’s Confidence With His Physician Philip, By Benjamin West (c. 1738-1820)

This artwork by Benjamin West (c. 1738-1820), painted with earth tone washes and highlighted with bright shades of gouache, depicts a specific tale about...

Emperor Heraclius’ Warhorse, Antelope

Antelope was the name of a horse that Emperor Heraclius (r. 610-641) brought to battle with him during his campaigns against the Persian Empire...

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