Italian medieval glass beaker. c. 1495.
Italian medieval glass beaker. c. 1495.
ISIS Militants Destroy Priceless Antiquities
Saved for next trip to London
St. Dunstan-in-the-East Church, London, England, UK
Greek Gold Wreath from Gorgippia, Russia, mid-3rd century AD
Found in the Gorgippia necropolis, tomb 2, sarcophagus 2. Twelve trefoils are fixed to a flat band with a hook and loop at the ends. A rectangular plate in the center depicts Aphrodite Urania with a scepter and Eros.
Aphrodite Urania was an epithet of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, signifying “heavenly” or “spiritual”, to distinguish her from her more earthly aspect of Aphrodite Pandemos, “Aphrodite for all the people.” The two were used (mostly in literature) to differentiate the more spirtual love of body and soul from purely physical lust.
The colony of Gorgippia was built on the site of Sinda in the 6th century BC by Pontic Greeks, who named it after a king of the Cimmerian Bosporus. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC, Gorgippia flourished, as did its guild of shipowners, which controlled maritime trade in the eastern part of the Black Sea. Gorgippia was inhabited until the 3rd century AD, when it was overrun by nomadic tribes.
The site of Gorgippia is near modern Anapa, a town in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the northern coast of the Black Sea near the Sea of Azov.
Fallen Warrior from Temple of Aphaia (c 480-470BC)
There is a tragic pathos to this mighty sculpture of a dying hero from a temple on the Greek island of Aegina. Tragedy is a Greek concept. The tragedies of Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus are still performed. This statue shows a strong man fallen, heroic to his last breath.
"That’s enough, kitty."
how coming out went for me.
also just so you know, i never threatened suicide, i don’t know where she got that from.
luckily i went in knowing that this would be the outcome, and really, i’m okay. my dad is the most supportive human being in the world and i’ve been staying with him since november. within the next week or two, i’ll be moving in with my partner and his family (who are also incredibly supportive and sweet).
finding health insurance and a car will be a pain, but it was worth it. the most toxic person in my life has been removed and i feel so much better now that i’m able to be myself after years of hiding and fearing for my security.
moral of the story: sometimes people who claim to love you will reject you because of who you are. but i promise you that life will go on and you will be much happier without them.
I am sorry. I am so fucking sorry for everyone who has to go through this, or worse, with their parents.
As a mother, I could never do this to my child. My son grew in my womb for nine months. For the first six months of his life, I swaddled him and held him to my heart daily. He was diagnosed with autism at two years old. I cried more than he did when he busted his head open and was rushed to the hospital for stitches. I raised him alone for most of his life.
He is mine. He is a part of me. He is perfect. I’d fight off humanity one by one with my bare hands if they dared try to change him.
I am so sorry that your parents do not love you like they should. But I will love you as a mother if no one else will.
Explore with us the fascinating ways of thinking about space in Viking Age and Old Norse culture. Together we will discuss how space is conceptualised and depicted in diverse Old Norse genres and traditions.
Join me taking this digital course by the University of Zurich, it looks really interesting and it’s free!
This is where I leave you.
Cottage, Buckinghamshire, England
Mysterious Coin-Covered Wishing Trees
The strange phenomenon of gnarled old trees with coins embedded all over their bark has been spotted from the Peak District to the Scottish Highlands in the United Kingdom. One of the larger collections can be seen in the picturesque village of Portmeirion in Wales where there are seven felled tree trunks with coins pushed into them.
The coins are usually knocked into the tree trunks using stones by passers-by, who hope it will bring them good fortune. These fascinating spectacles often have coins from centuries ago buried deep in their bark, warped from the passage of time.
The tradition of making offerings to deities at wishing trees dates back hundreds of years and is similar to the concept of a “wishing well”, where one tosses a coin in for good luck. The “wishing trees” date back to the early 1700s in Scotland where ill people stuck florins into trees with the idea that the trees would take any any illness. However if someone were to take away any of the coins, legend states that they will become ill instead.
Macha is a goddess of ancient Ireland, associated with war, horses, sovereignty, and the sites of Armagh and Eamhain Mhacha in County Armagh, which are named after her. A number of figures called Macha appear in Irish mythology, legend and historical tradition, all believed to derive from the same deity. The name is presumably derived from Proto-Celtic *makajā denoting “a plain” (genitive *makajās “of the plain”).
Image: Macha Curses the Men of Ulster”, Stephen Reid’s illustration from Eleanor Hull’s The Boys’ Cuchulainn (1904)
Konstantin Vasilyev “Valkyria”, 1969
I love these.
Illustration of a lion, leopard, rabbit, and elephant from memory/description, taken from Tractatus de Herbis (Italy ca. 1440)
A pair of intricately cut shoes that were found on a bog body from over 2,300 years ago
JOJO! JOJO! JOJO! JONELLE JONAE!!!!!!!
Part 9: The Electric Lady
Stand: Dance Apocalyptic
Phrase: 素敵! 素敵! 素敵! 素敵! (Suteki! Suteki! Suteki! Suteki!)
I came up with this idea with shihfu. After I noticed her enormous love for Janelle Monae, we then joked how it would be cool if she was a Jojo Character. NOW SHE IS!
I know the story. I liked the art
MYTHOLOGY MEME: [1/7] mortals
MEDEA - In Greek mythology, Medea was a devotee of the goddess Hecate, and a great sorceresses. She was the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis, and the granddaughter of Helios, the sun god.When the hero Jason was seeking the Golden Fleece, he met Medea. She fell in love with Jason and agreed to use her magic to help him, in return for Jason’s promise to marry her. Together they had three children. She restored the youth of Jason’s aged father, Aeson, by cutting his throat and filling his body with a magical potion. She then offered to do the same for Pelias the king of Iolcus who had usurped Aeson’s throne. She tricked Pelias’ daughters into killing him, but left the corpse without any youth-restoring potion. After the murder of Pelias, Jason and Medea had to flee Iolcus; they settled next in Corinth. There Medea bore Jason two children before Jason forsook her in order to marry the daughter of Creon, the king of Corinth. Medea got revenge for Jason’s desertion by killing the new bride with a poisoned robe and crown which burned the flesh from her body.
you ignorant fool