Cats in the Ancient World
Cats and humans have shared in each other's lives for thousands of years and, even though they have not always been regarded as highly as in the present, have played an important role in a number of cultures. Always enigmatic, the cat has...
The Plague by Arnold Bocklin
The Plague by Arnold Böcklin, 1827–1901 CE. (Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland)
Moses & The Seventh Plague of Egypt
A 19th century CE painting by John Martin depicting the great storm which was the seventh plague of Egypt in the Moses story. (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Rats in A Plague Tale: Innocence
Amicia de Rune keeping a sea of rats at bay with a burning stick in the video game A Plague Tale: Innocence.
Pharaoh, Victim of the 10th Plague of Egypt
A late 19th century CE painting by Tissot depicting Pharaoh as the victim of the tenth plague of Egypt where all first-born males are killed.
Plague Prayers of Mursilis II
The Hittite king Muršiliš II is imploring the gods to end the plague which has infested his country since the time of his father, Arnuwanda II. 13th century BCE (the tablet was originally written in the second half of the 14th century BCE...
Mesopotamian Amulet Against Plague
This amulet is covered with a quotation from a poem, the Akkadian Erra Epic, thought suitable to ward off plague. From Ashur, Northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. Neo-Assyrian Period, 800-612 BCE. (The British Museum, London)
Ramparts of a Medieval City in A Plague Tale: Innocence
Amicia de Rune standing in front of the ramparts of a Medieval city in the video game A Plague Tale: Innocence.
Cats in the Middle Ages
Cats in the Middle Ages were generally disapproved of, regarded as, at best, useful pests and, at worst, agents of Satan, owing to the medieval Church and its association of the cat with evil. Prior to the widespread acceptance of Christianity...
Squanto in the Primary Sources
Squanto (l. c. 1585-1622 CE) is the best-known Native American of the pilgrim narrative, famous for helping the Plymouth Colony survive in 1621 CE. He makes up what scholar Charles C. Mann calls the “uneasy triumvirate” of Native Americans...