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Emperor Gaozu Of The Han Dynasty Almost Had His Son-In-Law Executed

Zhang Ao was the son of Zhang Er, a politician and general who helped Emperor Gaozu (King of Han c. 206 BCE, emperor r. 202-195 BCE) seize power …

Homer

Homer (flourished c. 700 BCE)<p>"For of all creatures<br>that breathe and creep about on the earth, there is none so<br>miserable as man."<p>From <i>The Iliad</i> (Book …

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (c. 1706-1790)<p>"Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure when he is really selling himself a slave to it."<p>From <i>Poor Richard's Almanac</i> …

The Murderous Krypteia of Ancient Sparta

Like most countries that depended on oppressed laborers, the free citizens of Sparta were far outnumbered by the subservient Helots (similar in …

The Killer WWII Dogs Of Cat Island

During the Second World War, all the warring countries were looking for an edge in their war effort, be it through machinery and science, new methods …

Plutarch

Plutarch (c. 50-120)<p>"Politicians, too, whose sights are set on glory, are servants of the crowd even though they are called rulers."<p><i>On Sparta</i> (Life …

The Failed Rebellion of The Illyrian King Cleitus Against Alexander The Great

In 335 BCE, Alexander the great campaigned against the hostile tribes along the Danube River in order to ensure the security of his European …

Horse Fights In Medieval Iceland

At a time when most medieval Europeans were content with entertaining themselves by watching roosters battle it out (unfortunately named …

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322)<p>"Virtue consists more in doing good than in receiving it, and more in doing fine actions than in refraining from disgraceful …

The Chaotic Reign of Wang Mang In Ancient China

Wang Mang (c. 45 BCE-23 CE) was a prominent Confucian Scholar with an ascetic lifestyle who thrived during the transition between the Former Han …

When South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu Fled From His Country, He Tried To Take Tons Of Gold With Him

Nguyen Van Thieu came from a moderately wealthy family in the ruling Christian minority class of South Vietnam. He was born in either 1923 or 1924, …

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375)<p>"To take pity on people in distress is a quality which every man and woman should possess, but it is especially …

General Han Xin And The Strategic Wei River Flood

Around the year 204 BCE, or early 203 BCE, a skilled general named Han Xin led an army against the kingdom of Qi. His mission was to subjugate Qi and …

Thucydides

Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)<p>"You will find that an act of kindness done at the right moment has a power to dispel old grievances quite out of …

Leo VI Was Imprisoned By His Father For Nearly Three Years Before Becoming Emperor Of Constantinople

Emperor Basil I descended from a family of Armenian refugees and grew up in Macedonia, hence his nickname, Basil the Macedonian, and the title of his …

Grettir the Strong

"Only what is tested is known."<p>Spoken by the character, Grettir, in the anonymously written <i>Grettir's Saga</i> (c. 14th century), chapter 34, translated …

The Story Of Grettir And The Undead Glam—One Of The Greatest Medieval Horror Stories

According to the medieval Icelandic text, <i>Grettir’s Saga</i>, an unlucky 11th-century farmer named Thorhall had an extensive farmstead in the Vatnsdal …

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (c. 6th and 5th cenuries BCE)<p>"The way gives them life;<br>Virtue rears them;<br>Things give them shape;<br>Circumstances bring them to maturity."<p>From Lao …

Christine de Pizan

Christine de Pizan (c. 1364-1430)<p>"No man can match the great services that women have done and continue to do for humanity."<p>From <i>The Book of the City</i> …

Two Drunk Soldiers Supposedly Led The Army Of Alexander The Great In An Unplanned Attack On Halicarnassus

In the year 334 BCE, Alexander the Great crossed the Hellespont into Anatolia and began his conquest of the Persian Empire. In that year, Alexander …

Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill (c. 1874-1965)<p>"Bold captains are required for perilous seas."<p>From Churchill's "Dusk Approaches" speech (dated July 13, 1936) in</i> …

Emir Yazman Of Tarsus And The Equine Ring Of Fire At Chrysoboullon

In the year 883, a general named Stypeiotes led an army deep into the Cilician region of Anatolia, where he intended to conquer the city of Tarsus …

General Han Xin And The Great Flag Ruse

Han Xin was one of the more quirky generals that served Liu Bang, the King of Han who emerged as the first Han emperor after the fall of the Qin …

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322)<p>"Things that have use a use can be used both well and badly; and wealth is a thing that can be used."<p>From <i>The Nicomachean Ethics</i> …

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375)<p>"Every person born into this world has a natural right to sustain, preserve, and defend his own life to the best of …

The Greek Origin Myth Of The Centaurs

There are many ancient accounts and commentaries about the origin of the centaurs, a mythological race of half-horse, half-man beings supposedly …

Peng Yue—The Ancient Chinese Swamp Bandit Who Became A King And Ended Up In A Pickle Jar

<b>Humble Beginnings</b><p>Few people have had or will have as many dramatic twists and turns in their life as Peng Yue, a man who lived in China around the …

General William T. Sherman

General William T. Sherman (c. 1820-1891)<p>"I have never been a politician, and therefore undervalue the excited feelings and opinions of present …

The Misdirections Of The Spartan King Agesilaus II Against The Persian Satrap, Tissaphernes

Agesilaus II was the Eurypontid monarch of Sparta who ruled from 400-360/359 BCE. In the first few years of his reign, world events pushed him into a …

Grettir the Strong

Grettir the Strong (said to have lived in the 11th century)<p>"Danger is at your own door when it has entered your neighbor's."<p>Spoken by the character, …