It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
"Country house portraits" is a genre I've never come to appreciate but apparently a couple of Dutch Old Masters in England specialised in it. Like the later family portraits they seem to be vanity projects with little interest - but the painters had to make a living from the upper class or give up the profession.
Alexander the Great's empire collapsed only two years after his death but the Greek language remained in a large swathe of Asia for centuries after.
Father Hubburd's Tales (printed): The opening poem is radically re-written and expanded from the manuscript version, but the story gist is the same.
This painting by Cuyp is easily the most impressive so far, gets a double page reproduction:
Greek colonies along the Meditereanian coast brought literacy to the Gauls, who used the Greek alphabet but their own language.
Father Hubburd's Tales (printed version): The dedication is again to a satirical figure that is a cheapskate patron.
The Ante and the Nightingale (manuscript): It seems that war veterens were treated very badly then as now.
The Ante and the Nightingale (manuscript): After the ploughman disaster, the ant tried being a soldier.
The Nightingale and the Ante (manuscript): The ant starts its tale of his life as a ploughman. No explanation of how it can turn itself into a human, though.