"The carchesium was a beaker, or drinking-cup, which was used by the Greeks in very early times. It was slightly contracted in the middle, and its two handles extended from the top to the bottom. It was much employed in libations of wine, milk, blood, and honey." — Anthon, 1891

Carchesium

"The carchesium was a beaker, or drinking-cup, which was used by the Greeks in very early times. It…

Columbus being received by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella at Barcelona, after returning from the New World

Spanish Royal Reception of Columbus

Columbus being received by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella at Barcelona, after returning from the…

The font is used in baptism rituals in Christian churches. This font is sculpted in stone, and elaborately decorated with a canopy that rises when the ceremony is performed.

Font

The font is used in baptism rituals in Christian churches. This font is sculpted in stone, and elaborately…

"And they arose before the morning on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month (which is the month of Casleu) in the hundred and forty-eighth year. And they offered sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar of holocausts which they had made. According to the time, and according to the day wherein the heathens had defiled it, in the same was it dedicated anew with canticles, and harps, and lutes, and cymbals. And all the people fell upon their faces, and adored, and blessed up to heaven, him that had prospered them. And they kept the dedication of the altar eight days, and they offered holocausts with joy, and sacrifices of salvation, and of praise." 1 Maccabees 5:52-56 DRA
<p>Illustration of large crowd gathered to observe the rededication of the altar of holocausts.

Judas Machabeus Restores the Temple

"And they arose before the morning on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month (which is the month…

"At the age of twenty-one the squire became a knight, being then introduced to the order of knighthood by a peculiar and impressive service."&mdash;Myers, 1905

Arming a Knight

"At the age of twenty-one the squire became a knight, being then introduced to the order of knighthood…

The Marriage of the Virgin. From the Painting by Raphaello in the Brera, Milan.

La Sposalizio

The Marriage of the Virgin. From the Painting by Raphaello in the Brera, Milan.

An illustration of a man being awarded a medal in a ceremony.

Man Being Awarded Medal

An illustration of a man being awarded a medal in a ceremony.

The first inauguration of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, on March 4, 1897.

First inauguration of William McKinley

The first inauguration of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, on March 4, 1897.

A medal with the portrait of Claudius on one side and a depiction of a ceremony involving oxen on the other.

Medal of Claudius

A medal with the portrait of Claudius on one side and a depiction of a ceremony involving oxen on the…