Perseus and Andromeda (1891) By Frederic Leighton

Andromeda was chained to a rock at the edge of the sea as an offering to a sea monster. Perseus rescued her. They fell in love and wed. There are more details, but that is a simple summary. Read more at Wikipedia.

Perseus and Andromeda (1891) By Frederic Leighton

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Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864) By Gustave Moreau

Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864) By Gustave Moreau

“The painting depicts Oedipus meeting the Sphinx at the crossroads on his journey between Thebes and Delphi. Oedipus must answer the Sphinx’s riddle correctly in order to pass. Failure means his own death and that of the besieged Thebans. The riddle was: “What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?”. Oedipus answered: “Man: as an infant, he crawls on all fours; as an adult, he walks on two legs and; in old age, he uses a walking stick”. Oedipus was the first to answer the riddle correctly and, having heard Oedipus’ answer, the Sphinx was astounded and inexplicably killed herself by throwing herself into the sea. Oedipus thereby won the freedom of the Thebans, the kingdom of that city and a wife Jocasta, who it was later revealed was his mother.” – Oedipus and the Sphinx on Wikipedia

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Cult of Cybele Castration Clamp

“The goddess Cybele was a great mother goddess adopted by Rome from Asia Minor. Her worship, like Isis, was popular amongst women. The worship of Cybele had emotional appeal, offering salvation and priests of the goddess castrated themselves in her service. A bronze castration clamp found in the Thames at London Bridge, is believed to have been used in the cult of Cybele. The clamp is decorated with busts of Cybele and her lover Attis while busts of other Roman deities represent the days of the week.” – Description.

The year 1948 is put on this image. However, it is not clear of which date it pertains too – Creation of Clamp, Discovery of Clamp, or Photograph.

Cult of Cybele Castration Clamp

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Fiery Furnace (1494) By Master of the Lubeck Bible

It depicts a story in chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel. Three Hebrew men are thrown into a fiery furnace. However, they not only walk out unscathed – they are accompanied by Jesus! Read more about this on Wikipedia.

Is it me or do the ‘flames’ look like red snakes?­čÉŹ

Fiery Furnace (1494) By Master of the Lubeck Bible

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Pharaoh’s Firstborn (1872) By Lawarence Alma-Tadema

Death of the Pharaoh’s Firstborn Son.

And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle

Exodus 12:29
Pharaoh's Firstborn (1872) By Lawarence Alma-Tadema

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The Sea Gave Up the Dead (1892) By Frederic Leighton

Full title “And the Sea Gave Up the Dead Which Were in It”.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation 20:13
The Sea Gave Up the Dead (1892) By Frederic Leighton

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