temples-wreathed-in-laurel: It has come to my attention, that as the trash that I am, I have never fully read the myth about Herakles and his labours -.- Does anyone have a good translation suggestion? I’m pretty sure my book by Gustav Schwab has it in there. So I’m probably covered, but if anyone wishes to…

PSA: You don’t need charcoal to burn resin and loose incense.

shadowsofdusk: For that matter, you don’t need a charcoal burner, tongs, sand, or the willingness to handle something that sparks and burns dangerously hot. You don’t need any of the things that every website insists you need to burn resin, herbs, or loose/granular incense mixes. All you need is a tea light, aluminium foil, and…

3D Printing vs. ISIS

WRITTEN BY BEN VALENTINE May 25, 2015 Material Speculation: ISIS , King Uthal by Morehshin Allahyari, 2015. Time and again, conflict has been bad news for historical artifacts and sculptures. There was the infamous burning of the Library of Alexandria, the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan by the Taliban, and the Nazi’s battle…

A Sicilian odyssey

britishmuseum: Ancient Greeks explained the unknown through myths and legends, collected and told by poets. Sicily’s fertile landscape and wild coastline inspired many of these stories. In Homer’s Odyssey, which recounts the travels of the Greek prince Odysseus, the hero and his men are terrorised by the sea-monsters Scylla and Charybdis in a narrow sea…

thoodleoo: so everyone knows homer’s smash hit the iliad, right? well, the sequel’s pretty good too. if you haven’t checked it out yet you really odyssey it

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Life Among the Ruins

For Salam al-Kuntar, a Syrian archaeologist who works at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the loss of the Temple of Baal was deeply personal. “I have a special love for Palmyra because the Temple of Baal is where my mother was born,” she said.  Ms. Kuntar’s grandfather was a policeman in Palmyra when its Roman-era…

Dodoni Ancient Theater Startrails photograph by Matsopoulos N. Theofanis, 2012. From the photographer:  “The Ancient Theater of Dodoni is one of the biggest and best preserved Greek ancient theaters. At the time it was built in the 3rd century B.C. it could host 18000 people. It was built by King Pyrrhus of Epirus nephew of Alexander the…

Deified Roman Emperors and Their Consorts

forthesenateandpeople: Divus Julius. His wife was not Deified. Augustus, and his wife, Divia Augusta. Claudius Vespasian Titus Nerva Trajan and his Wife Plotina Hadrian and his Eromenos, Antinous as well as his wife, Vibia Sabina. Antoninus Pius and his wife, Faustina Lucius Verus Marcus Aurelius and his wife, Faustina While initially deified, Commodus’ actions ban…

Amazon Warrior  Alabastron (a small pottery vessel used in the ancient world for holding oil, especially perfume or massage oils.) Produced in Attica, 480 B.C.E.  Excavated by Auguste Salzmann and Sir Alfred Biliotti, Fikellura Cemetery, Rhodes. Photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen (2007) via Wikipedia Commons. She is looking to the left, with long hair, short chiton and embroidered linen cuirass,…