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The Vast Vineyards Of Emperor Wu

Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty (r.  141-87 BCE) expanded his empire in all directions. He started attacking the nomadic Xiongnu coalition to his north...

The Bullish Battle Between Thorfinn Karlsefni and North American Natives

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

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Just as the end of mirth is heaviness, so sorrows are dispersed by the advent of joy." The Decameron (First Day, Introduction) by...

William The Conqueror’s Rebel Roundup Of 1071

Although William the Conqueror defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson and seized the throne of England in 1066, the surviving Anglo-Saxon royals and their...

The Linked Deaths Of Thane Liulf And Bishop Walchere

William the Conqueror, king of England from 1066 to 1087, successfully arranged for Walchere of Lorraine to become the bishop of Durham around 1072....

The Holy Or Mischievous Trap At Saint Vincent’s

In 585, the forces of King Guntram of the Franks (r. 561-593) chased down and defeated a pretender (illegal/unrecognized claimant) to the throne named...

The Rumored Theft Of Zeno’s Treasure

During the reign of Emperor Justinian (r. 527-565), a wealthy man named Zeno was appointed to be the emperor’s prefect of Egypt. After receiving...

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill (c. 1874-1965) "We desire to see the return of a liberal age where Parliaments will guard freedom, where science will open the...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "Men fighting for their own liberty and prestige are very different creatures from men who are called upon to use...

The Buddha

The Buddha (c. 6th-5th century BCE) "With energy, diligence, restraint, and control, the wise person should make an island which no flood can overflow." The Dhammapada (Verses on the...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "Just as the end of mirth is heaviness, so sorrows are dispersed by the advent of joy." The Decameron (First Day, Introduction) by...

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The Holy Or Mischievous Trap At Saint Vincent’s

In 585, the forces of King Guntram of the Franks (r. 561-593) chased down and defeated a pretender (illegal/unrecognized claimant) to the throne named...

The Tricky Tale Of How Gundovald Seized Comminges

In 585, politics in the lands of the Franks was disrupted by a man named Gundovald (or Gundoald), who claimed to have been a...

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Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584-1645) "Strategy is the craft of the warrior. Commanders must enact the craft, and troopers should know this Way. There is no...

The Bad Luck Of York In 1069

Although William “the Conqueror” of Normandy defeated King Harold Godwinson and seized the throne of England in 1066, pockets of resistance continued to fight...

According To Greek Myth, Women Were Created To Punish Men

As the story goes, when the god, Prometheus, gave the gift of fire to man, the word “man” was meant to be quite literal....

The Holy Or Mischievous Trap At Saint Vincent’s

In 585, the forces of King Guntram of the Franks (r. 561-593) chased down and defeated a pretender (illegal/unrecognized claimant) to the throne named...

Zeus’ Punishment For Oath-breaking Gods And Goddesses, According To Hesiod

After the Olympian gods toppled the regime of the Titan Kronos and accepted lightning-wielding Zeus as the new leader of the Greek divine world,...

The First Reported Contact Between Britain and Vikings

  The anonymous author of the early sections of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was the first known source to write about a Viking raid in Britain....

The Destructive Trek Of The ‘Ten Thousand’ Mercenaries Along The Black Sea Coast

  In late 401 BCE, an army of over 10,000 Greek hoplite mercenaries fought on the side of the rebel, Cyrus the Younger, against King...

The Early Politics Of Earl Godwine And His Interesting Apology Gift To King Hardecanute

    Earl Godwine of Wessex was one of the great power-players in 11th-century England. In that time of wild monarchal regime changes, Godwine was able...

The Wild Tale Of Asiaticus

  The Vitellii were a family of vague origins that had risen to a position of prominence by the 1st century. Whether the Vitellii were...

The Tales Of Fierce Freydis Eiriksdottir

Freydis Eiriksdottir came from a family of adventurers and explorers. Her father was Eirik the Red, the man who spearheaded the Nordic settlement of...

10 Wise Quotes From Anna Komnene

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dqGLI55kKk%5D Check out our Youtube channel HERE. Anna Komnene was born to Emperor Alexios and Empress Eirene in 1083, just two years after Alexios wrested...

10 Insightful Thucydides Quotes

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPuj7KOzMAU%5D Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE) was an Athenian general and historian who lived through the Peloponnesian War (c. 431-404 BCE) between Athens and Sparta....

Ten Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlaqPNV0TnI%5D Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 to David and Elizabeth Poe, two actors who lived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately,...

10 Witty Quotes From Benjamin Franklin

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5WY_UYhCRc%5D Over the course of his life, Benjamin Franklin (1706- 1790) underwent a tremendous transformation, from a poorly educated boy who ran away from...

The Delphic Knife—An Ancient Greek Multitool

During or prior to the 4th century BCE, a blade was produced in Greece that was designed to aid its wielder in a wide...

Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "Right gets the upper hand over violence in the end." From Hesiod's Works and Days (approximately line 215), translated by M. L....

According To Greek Myth, Women Were Created To Punish Men

As the story goes, when the god, Prometheus, gave the gift of fire to man, the word “man” was meant to be quite literal....

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "The real difference between man and other animals is that humans alone have perception of good and evil, just and unjust,...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "Men fighting for their own liberty and prestige are very different creatures from men who are called upon to use...

Tacitus

Tacitus (c. 56/57-117) "As our bodies, which grow so slowly, perish in a flash, so too the mind and its interests can be more easily...

Rome’s Underhanded Acquisition Of Disputed Land In 446 BCE

446 BCE was a busy year for the Romans. According to the historian Livy, it was a year that played host to both military...

The Un-Roman Tactic That Roman Consul Furius Agrippa Used To Make His Troops Fight With Passion

According to the Roman historian Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE), and the sources and tradition that he relied on, the Roman Republic went to...

William The Conqueror’s Rebel Roundup Of 1071

Although William the Conqueror defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson and seized the throne of England in 1066, the surviving Anglo-Saxon royals and their...

The Linked Deaths Of Thane Liulf And Bishop Walchere

William the Conqueror, king of England from 1066 to 1087, successfully arranged for Walchere of Lorraine to become the bishop of Durham around 1072....

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill (c. 1874-1965) "We desire to see the return of a liberal age where Parliaments will guard freedom, where science will open the...

William The Conqueror’s Monastery Monetary Withdrawal

War and conquest is expensive work. William the Conqueror, after leading the Norman subjugation of England in 1066, quickly put into effect laws and...

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