Ukraine Heroes

Ukraine has a long history of heroes. warriors, musicians, poets and activists. All have been willing to fight for their country against repression. Ukraine was founded in the 8th century by Volodymyr the Great. Moscow didn’t exist until three centuries later. In the 17th century commander Bohdan Khmelnytsky led an uprising resulting in the creation …

Volodymyr the Great

Grand Prince of Kiev Vladimir the first or Volodymyr the Great (956-1015) was born Volodymyr Sviatoslavycht. His father was Prince Sviatoslav the first of Kiev of the Rurik dynasty. Vladimir was Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev and the ruler of Kievan Rus from 980 to 1015. He was the first to mint his …

Hryhorii Skovoroda

Ukraine philosopher, poet, teacher In Ukraine the name Hryhorii Skovoroda is synonymous with freedom. Hryhorii Skovoroda (1722-1794) was a great Ukrainian philosopher, poet and teacher. He was the founder of landscape lyrics, a genre of poetry representing the author’s attitude toward nature. Skovoroda added to the contributions of ancient Greek philosophers’ works on local culture and …

Ivan Franko

Ukraine writer & political activist Ivan Yakovych Franko (1856 -1916) was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 1915. The multi-talented Ukrainian was poet, writer, and a social and literary critic. He was also a journalist, interpreter, economist, political activist, doctor of philosophy, ethnographer. Franko was the author of the first detective novels and modern poetry …

Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Khmelnytsky was a Ukrainian commander & Cossack state ruler Ukraine has a long history of fighting for freedom. Bohdan Zynoviy Mykhailovych Khmelnytsky (1596-1657) led an uprising against the Commonwealth and its magnates that resulted in the creation of an independent Ukrainian Cossack state.. He was a Ukrainian military commander and Hetman, ruler, of the Zaporozhian …

Archimedes

You may recognize the name Archimedes, but unless you are a historian or a mathematician you’re unlikely to know why you should care about him or his discoveries. Archimedes was a toga-wearing Greek mathematician, born in 287 B.C., over two millennium ago. He was chosen by historyten.com as one of their “most famous scientists.” His …

Georges Bizet

Georges Bizet, (1838-1875) was a French pianist and composer. A musical child prodigy his opera Carmen premiered right before his death in 1875 and is now performed all over the world. Illustration by Kathleen McGuinness. Visit her watercolor portraits. Georges Bizet T-shirts available on Amazon.com for only $19.95