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The Dark Side of History Themel, an Orthodox monk, beats a group of Saracen invaders with a sem

  • 02.06.2018 00:13
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Themel, an Orthodox monk, beats a group of Saracen invaders with a semantron. Detail of a miniature from the Madrid Skylitzes. #byzantine #easternromanempire #romanempire #constantinople #byzantium #orthodox #monk #saracens #muslim #arab #invaders #battle #combat #war #semantron #madridskylitzes #bibliotecanacional #nationallibraryofspain #miniature #illustration #chronicle #manuscript #darksideofhistory

The Dark Side of History 8th century Slavic horse burial discovered near Šturovo, Slovakia. Or

  • 01.06.2018 16:06
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8th century Slavic horse burial discovered near Šturovo, Slovakia. Originally an Avar funerary practice, horse burial was adopted by the Slavs during the Late Avar period. #8thcentury #slovakia #slavic #burial #grave #tomb #horse #ritual #sacrifice #animalsacrifice #horseburial #nomadiccustoms #avar #khaganate #eurasian #steppe #archaeology #history #anthropology #darksideofhistory

The Dark Side of History Crișana (Körösvidék in Hungarian) is a historical region in Europe

  • 14.02.2018 18:47
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Crișana (Körösvidék in Hungarian) is a historical region in Europe shared by Romania and Hungary. Its name is derived from the Criș (Körös) River and its three branches: Crișul Negru, Crișul Alb and Crișul Repede. The Romania-Hungary border cuts Crișana in two equal halves, one in each country. Crișana's natural boundaries are the Tisza River in the west, the Someș River in the north, the Apuseni Mountains in the east and the Mureș River in the south. The coat of arms of Crișana incorporates elements from its medieval history. The Turul bird is an ancient symbol of the Hungarians who conquered the region at the turn of the 9th century. According to their old legends, the Turul bird was the guardian spirit of Álmos, the first chieftain of the Magyar confederation, and by extension a totem of all Magyar tribes. It was Álmos who launched the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin and his son and successor Árpád who completed it and subjugated Crișana. The tower represents the fortress of Biharia which was the seat of Menumorut, the semi-legendary ruler of Crișana at the time of the Hungarians' arrival. Menumorut is only mentioned in one primary source, so there are some doubts regarding his historicity. If Menumorut existed, then he was of either Turkic, Slavic or Romanian extraction. Árpád asked Menumorut to surrender his lands to him, but the lord of Crișana refused and the Hungarians invaded his realm. After several battles and sieges, Menumorut was ultimately defeated. He surrendered once his fortress at Biharia was seized by the invaders and accepted Árpád's suzerainty. Menumorut was forced to marry his daughter to Zoltán, Árpád's son, and in return he was allowed to retain Biharia for the rest of his life. The blue field probably symbolizes the waters of the Criș River. #coatofarms #vexilology #heraldry #heraldic #symbols #crest #darksideofhistory #medieval

The Dark Side of History Nicolae Dunca was a Romanian revolutionary who fought in the 1848 Hung

  • 19.12.2017 23:04
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Nicolae Dunca was a Romanian revolutionary who fought in the 1848 Hungarian Revolution (on the Hungarian side), the Wars of Italian Unification, participating in the Expedition of the Thousand, and later in the American Civil War. Like many other "Forty-Eighters", Dunca walked the path of exile after the failure of the Revolution in Europe and ended up in America where he was granted political asylum. Once the Civil War broke out, he enlisted as a volunteer in the Union Army, being made captain in the 12th New York Infantry Regiment and aide-de-campe to Major General Fremont. Dunca was shot and killed while on picket duty at the Battle of Cross Keys (June 8, 1862). #unionarmy #federalarmy #italianhistory #ushistory #americanhistory #romanianhistory #iasi #darksideofhistory #militaryhistory #exile

The Dark Side of History Miniature from the 9th century Chludov Psalter depicting the last icon

  • 16.12.2017 10:57
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Miniature from the 9th century Chludov Psalter depicting the last iconoclasts John Grammaticus and Anthony I rubbing out a fresco of Jesus Christ. #byzantine #iconoclasm #iconoclast #chludovpsalter #byzantium #byzantineempire #easternroman #constantinople #johngrammaticus #thelasticonoclast #desecration #blasphemy #heresy #erasing #jesus #christ #jesuschrist #orthodox #manuscript #miniature #detail #darksideofhistory #byzantinehistory #religion #historyofreligion #christianity #christianhistory

The Dark Side of History Cold Harbor, Virginia - collecting the bones of the soldiers who were

  • 16.12.2017 10:43
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Cold Harbor, Virginia - collecting the bones of the soldiers who were killed in battle. April 1865. #civilwar #americancivilwar #uscivilwar #union #confederacy #dixie #rebels #yankees #coldharbour #virginia #ushistory #americanhistory #darksideofhistory #oldphoto #historicalphoto #photography #19thcenturyphotos #dead #remains #corpses #victims #skulls #casuties #war #battlefield #battleofcoldharbor

The Dark Side of History Christ before Vlad the Impaler as Pontius Pilate, unknown artist (mid-

  • 12.12.2017 05:19
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Christ before Vlad the Impaler as Pontius Pilate, unknown artist (mid-15th century); house in the National Gallery of Slovenia #jesus #jesuschrist #christbeforepilate #pontiuspilate #pilate #eccehomo #vlad #impaler #vladtheimpaler #vladtepes #vladdracul #draculea #dracula #wallachia #romania #slovenia #nationalgallery #nationalgalleryofslovenia #ljubljana #middleages #medieval #history #darksideofhistory #art #arthistory #painting

The Dark Side of History Median protoma in the shape of a bull's head, 8th century BC (housed i

  • 11.12.2017 09:25
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Median protoma in the shape of a bull's head, 8th century BC (housed in the National Museum in Warsaw) #median #medianempire #medes #persians #persia #iran #eran #iranian #history #darksideofhistory #ancienthistory #archaeology #archaeological #artifact #gold #golden #protoma #bull #bullshead #nationalmuseumwarsaw #warsaw #poland #museum #antiquity #art #ancient #ancientart #goldsmithing #metalwork

The Dark Side of History Choctaw Indians in warpaint bearing scalps, Alexandre de Batz, 1732 #c

  • 10.12.2017 16:03
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Choctaw Indians in warpaint bearing scalps, Alexandre de Batz, 1732 #choctaw #nativeamerican #americanindian #indian #tribe #native #indigenous #primitive #savage #warriors #warpaint #wartrophy #scalping #scalp #mutilation #southeastern #usa #alabama #louisiana #mississippi #america #northamerica #history #americanhistory #darksideofhistory #anthropology #ethnology

The Dark Side of History The four helmet plate patrices discovered at Torslunda, Sweden; Vendel

  • 05.12.2017 05:35
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The four helmet plate patrices discovered at Torslunda, Sweden; Vendel period (550-793) #torslunda #vendel #vikings #scandinavian #norse #swedish #germanic #warrior #ritual #paganism #heathens #bear #fighting #monster #mythology #norsemythology #bindingoffenrir #tyr #norsegods #fenrir #fenris #wolf #boar #berserk #sworddance #hornedhelmet #darksideofhistory #vikinghistory #history #sweden

The Dark Side of History Pegasus-shaped protome from a golden Thracian rhyton. Discovered by ch

  • 03.12.2017 18:59
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Pegasus-shaped protome from a golden Thracian rhyton. Discovered by chance in modern-day Bulgaria, near Vazovo village. Dated 4th(?) century BC. #pegasus #protome #rhyton #gold #decoration #ornament #paleobalkan #ancient #balkan #preroman #artifact #archaeology #ancienthistory #darksideofhistory #thracia #thracians #odryssia #odryssiankingdom #vazovo #bulgaria #dobrogea #dobrudja #danube #dacia #dacians #treasure

The Dark Side of History Harold rex interfectus est. King Harold is slain. Panel from the famou

  • 02.12.2017 19:19
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Harold rex interfectus est. King Harold is slain. Panel from the famous Bayeux Tapestry. #bayeux #tapestry #bayeuxtapestry #harold #godwinson #anglosaxon #saxon #english #battle #war #daneaxe #kiteshield #chainmail #hauberk #horse #1066 #battleofhastings #norman #conquest #knight #william #bastard #williamtheconqueror #medievaltimes #darksideofhistory #militaryhistory #englishhistory #frenchhistory

The Dark Side of History Treasure of Angels, a painting by Nicholas Roerich (completed 1905). #

  • 02.12.2017 07:05
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Treasure of Angels, a painting by Nicholas Roerich (completed 1905). #nicholasroerich #painting #oiloncanvas #tempera #religiousart #religiouspainting #religion #christianity #orthodoxy #angels #archangel #treasure #byzantine #art #russia #russianartist #artnoveau #symbolism #allegory #arthistory #darksideofhistory

The Dark Side of History A carbonizred loaf of bread from Pompeii 🌋🍞 #carbonized #bread #

  • 25.11.2017 04:00
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A carbonizred loaf of bread from Pompeii 🌋🍞 #carbonized #bread #pastry #bakery #breadmaking #pompeii #vesuvius #mountvesuvius #rome #italy #romanempire #archaeology #history #ancienthistory #romanhistory #foodhistory #darksideofhistory #naturaldisaster #volcano #volcaniceruption #79ad #ancientfood #romanfood #romanbread

The Dark Side of History Portraits of King Khingila of the Alchon Huns (c. 430 – 490 AD); not

  • 15.11.2017 19:11
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Portraits of King Khingila of the Alchon Huns (c. 430 – 490 AD); note his elongated, (artificially deformed) skull. #hun #alchon #huns #alxon #khingila #portrait #coins #numismatics #asia #centralasia #southasia #paropamisus #eran #persia #iran #india #punjab #kausambi #hunnicempire #history #skull #elongation #deformation #elongatedskull #artificialcranialdeformation

The Dark Side of History Copy of an early (and flawed) attempt of reconstructing a mammoth (cir

  • 14.11.2017 02:10
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Copy of an early (and flawed) attempt of reconstructing a mammoth (circa 1800). #mammoth #paleontology #reconstruction #megafauna #extinct #extinction #prehistory #naturalhistory #darksideofhistory #prehistoricanimals #prehistoric #elephant #tusk #ivory #siberia #inaccurate #sketch #fail

The Dark Side of History Symbols of the Dacian people 🐺#dacian #dacia #thracian #draco #phry

  • 12.11.2017 21:22
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Symbols of the Dacian people 🐺#dacian #dacia #thracian #draco #phrygian #helmet #phrygianhelmet #standard #wolf #banner #falx #serpent #snake #militaryhistory #romanianhistory #darksideofhistory #ancient #history #ancienthistory #carpathians #danube #romania

The Dark Side of History Detail of a 1617 map (or bird's eye view) of Budapest made by Braun &

  • 11.11.2017 20:22
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Detail of a 1617 map (or bird's eye view) of Budapest made by Braun & Hogenberg. #buda #budapest #danube #map #oldmap #birdseyeview #hungary #magyaroszág #magyar #hungarian #ottoman #turk #ottomanempire #pasha #vitez #hajduk #hungarianhistory #ottomanhistory #earlymodern #history #darksideofhistory