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Love stories and the history of love

By |2017-08-16T11:56:26+00:00August 16th, 2017|People|

Hades and Persephone in the underworld People have been falling in love for hundreds of thousands of years, since they were monkeys and not really even people yet. And they have been telling stories about famous lovers for probably almost that long. Our earliest love stories go back to about 2500 BC, when [...]

Who was Titian? Renaissance Art

By |2017-08-04T15:50:49+00:00August 4th, 2017|Art, Modern Europe|

Titian's self-portrait of himself in old age The Renaissance painter Titian was born about 1490 AD, near the Italian city of Venice. He was a little younger than other Renaissance artists. When Titian was born, Leonardo da Vinci was middle-aged. Michelangelo was already a teenager, and Raphael was seven years old. Titian's father managed local castles and mines [...]

Arcadius to Justin – Byzantine History

By |2018-03-20T10:40:03+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

The Roman emperor Arcadius Honorius and Arcadius After the death of Theodosius in 395 AD, the empire fell to his sons, the west to Honorius and the east to Arcadius. Arcadius left all the work to his adviser Ricimer, who seems to have been the one to make the fateful decision that he could not successfully defend the [...]

Anastasius to Justin – Byzantine history

By |2018-04-23T11:49:45+00:00August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|

The Byzantine empress Ariadne, who married Anastasius. Now in the Louvre museum in Paris When the Roman Emperor Zeno died in 491 AD, his widow Ariadne chose one of Zeno's advisors, Anastasius, to become the new emperor (and she married him too). Zeno left the Empire in good shape, with plenty of money in the treasury. Anastasius was an older man when [...]

Theseus and Ariadne – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T13:37:37+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Theseus leaves Ariadne on Delos - fresco painting from Pompeii Theseus and Ariadne were on their way home from Crete after killing the Minotaur. But when they got to the island of Delos, halfway home from Crete, they stopped to rest. Ariadne fell asleep, and Theseus left her there on the island and sailed away to Athens without her. [...]

Theseus kills the Minotaur – Greek myth

By |2018-04-23T13:36:45+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Theseus and the Minotaur - Athenian black-figure vase, ca. 550 BC According to the Greek story, Prince Theseus was the son of King Aegeus of Athens, not too long before the Trojan War (so maybe around 1300 BC). At this time the Minoans, who lived on the island of Crete, had a very strong navy. The Minoan king, King [...]