Records of Fortune

Yeah, Classics!

design-is-fine:

James Basire, egyptian & greek script of the Rosetta Stone, 1810. Engraving. Society of Antiquaries of London. Via NYPL

The Rosetta stone is dated 196 BC, made in Memphis, Egypt. The stone was brought to England in 1802 during the Napoleonic Wars and has since then been on display in the British Museum. It shows three scripts with the same text: the code of the hieroglyphs could be cracked in 1822.

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disturbthebookmites:

“The doctor Japyx heals Aeneas (sided by his mother, goddess Venus, and by his own son Ascanius, who is weeping), wounded on one leg,” Pompeii, c. 50 CE.

disturbthebookmites:

“The doctor Japyx heals Aeneas (sided by his mother, goddess Venus, and by his own son Ascanius, who is weeping), wounded on one leg,” Pompeii, c. 50 CE.

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morgana-maleficent-lestrange:

mythology meme:  [5,6/9] deities

↳ Hypnos and Thanatos

Hypnos (Ὕπνος) and Thanatos (Θάνατος) are, respectively, the personifications of sleep and non-violent death; the twin sons of the goddess Nyx, they live in the Underworld, in a place where the rays of the sun and the moon will never touch. Out of the two, Hypnos is said to be the gentler one, although both are ruthless in their own right.

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theparisreview:

Movies set in Ancient Rome always do well at the box office. Why not Ancient Greece? “What is Hollywood to do with a world of 1,000 competing city-states, where homoeroticism was institutionalized and philosophers were more interested in the rationale for Platonic love than for war? … Greek tales would be better treated as supernatural thrillers. Imagine the real, lived historical experience for the ancient Greeks: the day-to-day jeopardy of knowing there was a fickle spirit in every breath of wind and ear of grain; that malicious deities might be lurking around the corner, shape-shifting to have their way with you.”
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theparisreview:

Movies set in Ancient Rome always do well at the box office. Why not Ancient Greece? “What is Hollywood to do with a world of 1,000 competing city-states, where homoeroticism was institutionalized and philosophers were more interested in the rationale for Platonic love than for war? … Greek tales would be better treated as supernatural thrillers. Imagine the real, lived historical experience for the ancient Greeks: the day-to-day jeopardy of knowing there was a fickle spirit in every breath of wind and ear of grain; that malicious deities might be lurking around the corner, shape-shifting to have their way with you.”

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Art and Architecture - Petra, Jordan. Possibly established in 312 BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it was rapidly built in a Hellenistic style in the 1st century BCE. The city eventually came under Roman rule and began to decline rapidly. The last inhabitants abandoned the city in 663 CE and the site remained a curiosity in the Middle Ages. It remained unknown to the Western world until 1812.

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