Friday, November 10, 2017

10 Bold Quotes From Julius Caesar



Julius Caesar (c. 100-44 BCE) dominated the Roman Republic with his political acumen and military might. Thankfully for us, he was aware of his own importance and wrote a detailed autobiography about his rise to power. These "War Commentaries" covered the Gallic War, the Civil War, the Alexandrian War, the African War and the Spanish War. Here are ten great quotes from Julius Caesar's War Commentaries or his other biographers.

The edition of the War Commentaries used in this video:
The War Commentaries by Gaius Julius Caesar and Aulus Hirtius, translated by W. A. McDevitte and W. S. Bohn, 2014.

All images used in the creation of this video are Public Domain via Creative Commons.

The intro music was written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on this YouTube channel.

The percussion, woodwind and string intstument music throughout the rest of the video is:
Village Consort Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Check out our Julius Caesar quote pictures that were hand-tailored for each of the quotes used in the video, HERE.

Take a look at some of our articles about Julius Caesar, HERE.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Let's Find History In Assassin's Creed Origins: A Virtual Tour of the Siwa Oasis (Episode 2)


Join me in a virtual tour of the ancient Siwa Oasis. First, we climb to a high vantage point to see a panoramic view of the oasis. Finally, we check out architectural feats found inside the game, such as the House of Life, the Temple of Amun and the Mountain of the Dead, while also taking a look at actual photographs of modern Siwa, for comparison.

All photographs used in this video are either Public Domain or appropriately licensed for reuse where the image appears.

The intro music, as well as the songs played during the sped-up travel scenes, all was written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on this YouTube Channel.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Tragic Fates Of Those Caught Up In The Rise Of Julius Caesar And Augustus


The 1st century BCE was a time of enormous upheaval in ancient Rome, especially during the rise of Julius Caesar and his heir, Augustus. Watch our short video to learn about the tragic fates of a few of the many important people who were caught up in this Roman power struggle. Among the many victims from around 60-31 BCE were the statesmen Cicero and Cato, the members of the First Triumvirate (Julius Caesar, Crassus and Pompey), Caesar's friend turned enemy (Labienus), the plotters against Caesar (Brutus and Cassius), Augustus' rivals (Mark Antony and Cleopatra) and even Julius Caesar's young son, Caesarion.

All images used in this video are either Public Domain or appropriately licensed for reuse on the frames in which they appear.

The intro music was written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on this YouTube channel.

The haunting music in the background is:
Ossuary 2 - Turn Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Read our article that was the precursor for this video, HERE.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Let's Find History In Assassin's Creed Origins: A Medjay in the Siwa Oasis, 49-48 BCE (Episode 1)



In this video we delve into the world of Assassin's Creed: Origins, which is set in ancient Egypt around 49-48 BCE. Watch the religiously significant Siwa Oasis come to life through the eyes of a troubled Medjay and witness characters based on historical figures, such as Ptolemy XIII, the co-ruler of Egypt along with his sister, the famous Cleopatra VII. Enjoy the history-infused atmosphere and learn a few things along the way, with odd topics such as tomb raiding and falconry making appearances on the first episode of this journey.

The intro music was written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on this YouTube channel.


Check out our articles concerning Egypt, HERE.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer



The great English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, was born in 1342. When he was around fifteen years of age, he managed to gain a position as page to the Countess of Ulster, serving mainly as a servant and messenger. Two years later, in 1359, Chaucer was sent to fight in the long-running Hundred Years War between England and France. He was quickly captured by the French near Rheims, but King Edward III (the Countess of Ulster’s father-in-law) paid the poet’s ransom in 1360.

Literature Chaucer encountered in France may have ignited the poet’s literary interests. He started simple, translating the medieval French classic, the Roman de la Rose (Romance of the Rose), into English. Besides French and English, Geoffrey Chaucer was also known to understand Italian and Latin. Religion was another field of interest for the poet, and he could quote freely from Christian texts that were both canonical and apocryphal.

Eventually, Geoffrey Chaucer was promoted from his position as a page to the countess of Ulster to be a valet to the king of England. Around the same time he received his position as valet (in 1367), Chaucer also married his wife, Philippa de Roet, the sister-in-law of Chaucer’s greatest patron, John of Gaunt. Chaucer continued to ascend in rank, becoming Comptroller of customs and subsidies in 1374, and was then promoted to Comptroller of petty customs. Chaucer was next appointed as Justice of the Peace for the region of Kent in 1385, and became a Knight of the Shire (for Kent) in 1386.

Chaucer likely began his most famous work, The Canterbury Tales, around 1386, an ambitious epic poem in which he planned to include thirty pilgrims telling four stories, each. By the time he died in 1400, he unfortunately had only completed tales for twenty-four pilgrims. In addition to The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer also wrote The Book of the Duchess, ABC of the Virgin, House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde, and The Legend of the Saints of Cupid.


For a more in depth article on the life of Geoffrey Chaucer, see our biography on the poet, HERE.

For a taste of Chaucer's poetry, check out our quote picture selection, HERE.

Intro music written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on this YouTube channel.

The atmospheric background music in the video is:
Folk Round by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sun Tzu: A Great Sage Among The Great




The number of great minds that operated during the Warring States Period is simply baffling. There was Confucius and his philosophical successors, notably Mencius and Hsün Tzu. Also prevalent were the major Daoist (or Taoist) intellectuals like Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. Later, there were the philosophers of authoritarianism and legalism, such as Lord Shang and Han Fei Tzu. Also present was the religious wildcard, Mo Tzu, who preached universal love and told of a personified Heaven that punished evil and rewarded good. Nevertheless, during this highly congested time period filled with so many geniuses, there lived a military strategist who would surpass all others in popularity and fame (except, perhaps, Confucius and Lao Tzu)—he was Master Sun, better known as Sun Tzu.

All images used in the production of this video were Public Domain or licensed for reuse via the Creative Commons or Flickr. If the image was not Public Domain, the license was included in its respective slide.

The intro music was written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on The Historian's Hut YouTube channel.

The calm and serene sounds in the background of the video is:
River Fire Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Read our biography about Sun Tzu, HERE.

Check out other quote pictures from Sun Tzu, HERE.

Take a look at more Chinese quote pictures, HERE.

Return to the quote picture home page, HERE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

10 Wise Quotes From Marcus Aurelius



When Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE) was not occupied with war, he attempted to rule his empire in a just and humane way. He was charitable to provinces in need, and he generally tried to combat corruption and maltreatment. His greatest flaw in his pursuit of justice was the persecution of Christians that occurred during his reign. The massacres during his rule produced numerous well-known martyrs, such as Justin of Rome and Polycarp of Smyrna.

The emperor was drawn to stoic philosophy, and was, himself, considered a competent philosopher. Marcus Aurelius' Meditations are still widely enjoyed and admired, to this very day.

All images used in the creation of this video are classified as Public Domain via Creative Commons.

The intro theme was written and performed by C. Keith Hansley for use on this YouTube channel.

The calming lute music in the background:
Suonatore di Liuto Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Enjoy and thanks for watching!

Read our biography on the philosopher-emperor, Marcus Aurelius, HERE.

Check out our hundreds of quote pictures, Here, and the quote pictures specifically featuring the quotes from this video, HERE.