When Allies and Germans fought together in World War II: The Battle for Castle Itter

Austria seems to have a certain magnet for unusual military events. It was in the Austrian village of Itter in…

Pelusium, the battle the Persians won over the Egyptians by throwing cats at them.

Throughout History, men have not had enough of tearing each other apart in an endless number of wars, but they…

Where did the books from the Great Library of Alexandria come from?

The great Library of Alexandria was founded at the beginning of the 3rd century BC by Ptolemy I Soter. At…

The true history of Rollo, the Viking from whom all current European monarchs descend

One of the most interesting chapters of the Vikings television series is the one where we witness the twist given…

Martha Ellis Gellhorn, the only woman to land in Normandy on D-Day

Many readers will probably know who Martha Ellis Gellhorn was, but for those who don’t, they just need to know…

The irreverent letter the Cossacks wrote to the Ottoman Sultan in 1676

Cossacks were a social and military group that by the 10th century settled in southern Russia and present-day Ukraine. They…

The Iliad and the Odyssey are just two of the eight poems from the Epic Cycle that narrate the Trojan War.

The Epic Cycle, also called the Trojan Cycle because it narrates events related to the Trojan War, is a collection…

How Aristotle’s personal library arrived in Rome, almost 300 years after his death

Throughout history, books have been a highly prized commodity. Their trade goes back many centuries to the invention of materials…

When Cicero found Archimedes’ tomb in Syracuse.

Archimedes was probably the greatest mathematician of antiquity. He was born in the Sicilian city of Syracuse in 287 B.C.,…

Charles Joseph Bonaparte, who founded the FBI, was Napoleon’s great-nephew

We find relatives of Napoleon everywhere and many of them with interesting lives. For instance, Louis Napoleon was in the…