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Aga Khans

( ä'gä khän ), the title of the religious leader and imam of the Ismaili Nizari sect of Islam, originally bestowed by the Persian shah Fath Ali on

Open Agamemnon (Greek mythology)
Agamemnon (Greek mythology)

The legendary leader of the Greek forces during the Trojan War, Agamemnon was one of the principal characters of the epic conflict. The story of his


( ălbĭjĕn'sēz ) [Lat.,=people of Albi, one of their centers], religious sect of S France in the Middle Ages. Officially known as heretics, they were

Open Alchemy

( ăl'kӘmē ), ancient art of obscure origin that sought to transform base metals (e.g., lead) into silver and gold; forerunner of the science of

Alexius I Comnenus, Emperor of the East, 1048-1118

(Alexius Comnenus)( Әlĕk'sēӘs, kӘmnē'nӘs ), 1048–1118, Byzantine emperor (1081–1118). Under the successors of his uncle, Isaac I , the empire had

Open Allen, Richard, 1760-1831
Allen, Richard, 1760-1831

Born a slave in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Richard Allen grew up during the American Revolutionary War era. This period was directly influenced by

Open All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day

(also All Hallows’ Day, All-hallowmas, Haliday) — Christian feast day observed on November 1, the eve of which is now celebrated as Halloween (from

Open Altarpieces

A painting (more rarely a sculpture) placed on, behind, or above an altar in a Christian church. Altarpieces vary greatly in size, construction, and

Open Altars

table or platform for the performance of religious sacrifice. In its simplest form the altar is a small pile, with a square or circular surface, made

Open Altruism

Altruism refers to a specific form of motivation for benefiting another. Some biologists, economists, and psychologists speak of altruism as a form of