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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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Petronius, Satyricon Epigraph to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, 1922:

I have seen with my own eyes the Sibyl hanging in a jar, and when the boys asked her “What do you want?” She answered, “I want to die.”

 The Cumaean Sibyl was the most famous of the Sibyls, the prophetic old women of Greek mythology; she guided Aeneas through Hades in Virgil’s Aeneid. She had been granted immortality by Apollo, but because she forgot to ask for perpetual youth, she shrank into withered old age and her authority declined. Wasting away but unable to die, the Sibyl ages eternally. Hence, the waste land. (some shit just never gets old. i mean as far as reading this poem. not the sibyl. nevermind.)

rhetoriques:

Petronius, Satyricon
Epigraph to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, 1922:

I have seen with my own eyes the Sibyl hanging in a jar,
and when the boys asked her “What do you want?” She answered,
I want to die.”

The Cumaean Sibyl was the most famous of the Sibyls, the prophetic old women of Greek mythology; she guided Aeneas through Hades in Virgil’s Aeneid. She had been granted immortality by Apollo, but because she forgot to ask for perpetual youth, she shrank into withered old age and her authority declined. Wasting away but unable to die, the Sibyl ages eternally. Hence, the waste land.

(some shit just never gets old. i mean as far as reading this poem. not the sibyl. nevermind.)

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European Art History Meme:

     →Minoan Art: 

One of Europe’s earliest societies often painted frescos, made pottery, and carved stone sculptures while having great appreciation of the natural world around them. x x

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Rome's Colosseum a Condominium in Medieval Times

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Forget gory shows and gladiatorial combat. In the late Middle Ages, Rome’s Colosseum was a huge condominium, says the latest archaeological investigation into Rome’s most iconic monument.

Archaeologists from Roma Tre University and students from the American…

'Boudicca bones' found under Colchester department store

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Human bones which date from the time of the “Boudiccan Revolt”, have been discovered underneath a department store in Colchester.

The jaw and shin bones were found during redevelopment of the Williams and Griffin shop on the High Street.

Experts said they dated from AD61, when Boudicca’s British tribes burnt down the town to try to free themselves from Roman rule.

Bones from this period have only been found once before in Colchester.

Philip Crummy, director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, said the bones were “likely to be the remains of people who died in buildings set on fire by the British, as they overran the town.”