Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Berenice of Cilicia

Berenice of Cilicia, also known as Julia Berenice, was a member of the Herodian Dynasty and appointed Queen of Judaea under the Roman Empire. During the First Jewish-Roman War, she became the lover of the future emperor Titus Flavius Vespasianus, and she supported her lover’s father Vespasian greatly, both financially and politically, during his campaign. […]

Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Porcia

Porcia, born on 70 b.C., was the daughter of Cato the Younger, a stoic roman senator of the late republic, and the wife of Marcus Junius Brutus, the infamous assassin of Julius Caesar. Brutus married her after divorcing Claudia, the daughter of his long-time ally Appius Claudius Pulcher, without offering any reason whatsoever. This divorce […]

Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Sisygambis of Persia

Sisygambis was the daughter of king Artaxerxes II Mnemon and, following an ancient Achaemenid tradition, she was made to wed her own brother Arsames. Her first-born, Darius, became king of Persia in 336 b.C., following an obscure plot in which the court eunuch and chiliarch had poisoned both king Artaxerxes III and his youngest son […]

More 2021 International LEGO Serious Play Conference notes: a conversation with Lukas Zenk

I’m back from Billund, where I have attended the 2021 International LEGO Serious Play Conference, and I already published some of my notes in almost real-time, but I have more material and I’ll be publishing it, after some due polishing, between today and tomorrow. The first set of notes I’d like to share with you […]

Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Mariamne the Hasmonean

Mariamne the Hasmonean Mariamne l’Hasmonéenne Mariamne I was a Hasmonean Princess, known for her extraordinary beauty just like her brother, Aristobulus III of Judea. She was the second wife of Herod the Great, a marriage arranged by her mother Alexandra in 41 b.C. They were married in Samaria in 37 b.C. and had four children: […]