On the far right of this Romanov family photo is Nicholas II’s hot younger brother George, who died young of tuberculosis and didn’t age well, although he grew a beard in his last year and got cute again. If he hadn’t become ill, things would have been different - he was reputed to be very intelligent and was Nicholas’ best friend, so he had his ear.

On the far right of this Romanov family photo is Nicholas II’s hot younger brother George, who died young of tuberculosis and didn’t age well, although he grew a beard in his last year and got cute again. If he hadn’t become ill, things would have been different - he was reputed to be very intelligent and was Nicholas’ best friend, so he had his ear.

Philipp Otto Runge (23 July 1777 – 2 December 1810) was a Romantic German painter and draughtsman. He made a late start to his career and died young, nonetheless he is considered among the best German Romantic painters.

Philipp Otto Runge (23 July 1777 – 2 December 1810) was a Romantic German painter and draughtsman. He made a late start to his career and died young, nonetheless he is considered among the best German Romantic painters.

Frida Kahlo, because she was amazing.

Frida Kahlo, because she was amazing.

Albert Camus

Albert Camus

This gorgeous human being is Alain Delon, a French actor born in 1935. He apparently had some issues with authority, considering how many schools he was kicked out of, which is hilarious considering his teachers in Catholic school considered him a superior student of religion and tried to get him to enter the priesthood. At 14 he just gave up and worked at his stepfather’s butcher shop until he enlisted in the Navy, serving in the First Indochina War. According to him,  he spent 11 months of his four year service in prison for being “undisciplined” and was eventually dishonorably discharged. After that he worked various odd jobs and skated by until he became friends with Brigitte Auber, who was already working as an actress. He went with her to the Cannes Film Festival and, at last, someone found a use for his stunning blue eyes ( A talent scout. It was a talent scout. There was a screen test and stuff.) The guy offered him a contract if he’d learn English, but Alain decided to stay in France instead, pretty quickly becoming just obscenely famous and going on to play iconic characters like Tom Ripely and Zorro and just basically being a staple of the French film industry. 
If you ever want to cry, feel free to Google his face. He’s got this Euro James Dean thing going on, it’s positively painful. 

This gorgeous human being is Alain Delon, a French actor born in 1935. He apparently had some issues with authority, considering how many schools he was kicked out of, which is hilarious considering his teachers in Catholic school considered him a superior student of religion and tried to get him to enter the priesthood. At 14 he just gave up and worked at his stepfather’s butcher shop until he enlisted in the Navy, serving in the First Indochina War. According to him,  he spent 11 months of his four year service in prison for being “undisciplined” and was eventually dishonorably discharged. After that he worked various odd jobs and skated by until he became friends with Brigitte Auber, who was already working as an actress. He went with her to the Cannes Film Festival and, at last, someone found a use for his stunning blue eyes ( A talent scout. It was a talent scout. There was a screen test and stuff.) The guy offered him a contract if he’d learn English, but Alain decided to stay in France instead, pretty quickly becoming just obscenely famous and going on to play iconic characters like Tom Ripely and Zorro and just basically being a staple of the French film industry. 

If you ever want to cry, feel free to Google his face. He’s got this Euro James Dean thing going on, it’s positively painful. 

Wow. Who is this gentleman with movie-star good looks? Why, it’s Michael Ventris (1922-1956), the main decipherer of Linear B. He was basically hella good at languages and knew like 12 languages by the time he was a teenager, he served in the RAF in WWII, and then he was trained as an architect. But this was not enough for Michael Ventris. Oh no. As a hobby, he worked on deciphering Linear B, the long unknown script found on tablets from Knossos, Crete. Basing his work off of the work of other earlier linguists who made progress with the script but never cracked it, Michael Ventris discovered that the script was encoding Greek and was subsequently able to decipher most of it. Tragically, he died young in a car crash and was not able to contribute more to Mycenaean studies or to make any more ladies swoon with his magnificent cheekbones. A gentleman, a linguist, a genius, he will live on forever in our hearts.

Wow. Who is this gentleman with movie-star good looks? Why, it’s Michael Ventris (1922-1956), the main decipherer of Linear B. He was basically hella good at languages and knew like 12 languages by the time he was a teenager, he served in the RAF in WWII, and then he was trained as an architect. But this was not enough for Michael Ventris. Oh no. As a hobby, he worked on deciphering Linear B, the long unknown script found on tablets from Knossos, Crete. Basing his work off of the work of other earlier linguists who made progress with the script but never cracked it, Michael Ventris discovered that the script was encoding Greek and was subsequently able to decipher most of it. Tragically, he died young in a car crash and was not able to contribute more to Mycenaean studies or to make any more ladies swoon with his magnificent cheekbones. A gentleman, a linguist, a genius, he will live on forever in our hearts.

That sexy barbarian on the horse is the infamous Vercingetorix, a chieftan of the Arverni tribe who in 52 BC united Gaul (ancient France) against the invading Julius Caesar. In addition to having some of the best facial hair in history, he was a damn good general and almost defeated his Roman nemesis until he made a fatal mistake at the Battle of Alesia. There he surrendered, was taken prisoner, and in 46 BC was paraded through the streets of Rome and executed. Although he was defeated, the ancient French hero embodies the spirit of liberation so often stirred in his homeland, and remains a celebrated figure. Plus, look at that beautiful mane of Gallic hair….so much damn.

That sexy barbarian on the horse is the infamous Vercingetorix, a chieftan of the Arverni tribe who in 52 BC united Gaul (ancient France) against the invading Julius Caesar. In addition to having some of the best facial hair in history, he was a damn good general and almost defeated his Roman nemesis until he made a fatal mistake at the Battle of Alesia. There he surrendered, was taken prisoner, and in 46 BC was paraded through the streets of Rome and executed. Although he was defeated, the ancient French hero embodies the spirit of liberation so often stirred in his homeland, and remains a celebrated figure. Plus, look at that beautiful mane of Gallic hair….so much damn.

Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921), Ukrainian composer, teacher and priest. His music is virtually unknown outside of Ukraine, with the exception of his very famous “Carol of the Bells.” Assassinated by a Soviet agent in 1921, he is remembered as a martyr in the Eastern Orthodox Ukrainian Church.
Although he had a shy personality and was described as a “quiet, gentle person” by his peers, he was full of humor and such a witty storyteller that many of his students were in love with him.

Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921), Ukrainian composer, teacher and priest. His music is virtually unknown outside of Ukraine, with the exception of his very famous “Carol of the Bells.” Assassinated by a Soviet agent in 1921, he is remembered as a martyr in the Eastern Orthodox Ukrainian Church.

Although he had a shy personality and was described as a “quiet, gentle person” by his peers, he was full of humor and such a witty storyteller that many of his students were in love with him.

John Lothrop Motley - American Historian who is known for writing a rather lengthy, detailed, and highly amusing account of the Netherlands (centered around the fortuitous events and major players of the Dutch Revolt) around 1846. He should be known by his luscious locks, those mesmerizing eyes, his winsome facial hair wings, and his princely stance!

John Lothrop Motley - American Historian who is known for writing a rather lengthy, detailed, and highly amusing account of the Netherlands (centered around the fortuitous events and major players of the Dutch Revolt) around 1846.
He should be known by his luscious locks, those mesmerizing eyes, his winsome facial hair wings, and his princely stance!

Can’t believe Simon Bolivar is not in the tags!
Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) was responsible for leading most of Latin America to independence from the Spanish empire in the early 19th century. After an initial military failure in Venezuela, Bolivar would go on to liberate the countries of Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia (named after him). He laid the foundations for the modern states of Latin America and led one of the most successful anticolonial military campaigns in all of history. Total dreamboat.

Can’t believe Simon Bolivar is not in the tags!

Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) was responsible for leading most of Latin America to independence from the Spanish empire in the early 19th century. After an initial military failure in Venezuela, Bolivar would go on to liberate the countries of Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia (named after him). He laid the foundations for the modern states of Latin America and led one of the most successful anticolonial military campaigns in all of history. Total dreamboat.