Sarmatian gold diadem with garnet, glass, almandine, pearls, and turquoise; from the Khokhlach burial mound (1st century AD, Hermitage Museum)
The diadem consists of three hinged parts, the whole surface inlaid with garnet and glass. In the center is an amethyst bust of a woman wearing a tunic and crowned with a gold wreath inlaid with almandine. The upper edge of the diadem is decorated with a figurative frieze representing a ritual scene of sacred animals processing towards the Tree of Life. The lower edge is decorated with pendants bearing rosettes rimmed with gold beads, pearls and small plaques.
This diadem is a typical example of the eclectic art which combed both Classical features and elements of Sarmatian art. It was intended for ritual use and was associated with the cult of fertility.
Dying warrior from east pediment of the temple of Aphaia at Aegina, ca. 490 - 480 B.C. Cermany, Munich, Glyptothek
Ancient Nubian drawings at a royal burial ground not far from Jebel Barkal. ( Carolyn Cole / LAT )
THIS IS MARRIAGE!!
Permission to be a bad ass. Nod.
He looks back at the guy like, “SEE THAT? SHE SAID YES. YOU’RE SO FUCKED.”
Like, guys. Sparta was so kick ASS sometimes when it came to women. Spartan women were given these small knives so that if their husbands came home and tried to hit them or assault them, they had a weapon within reach. That weapon was for CUTTING THEIR HUSBANDS’ FUCKING FACES so that when he went out in public everyone would know he was an asshole, abusing jerkface and they would publicly shame him.
I DID NOT KNOW THAT THAT IS GREAT
LET’S JUST TALK ABOUT SPARTAN WOMEN FOR A SECOND.
In Sparta, women could own land and were considered citizens. THAT IS A HUGE BIG FUCKING DEAL. Why? Because that was RARE AS FUCK and there are lots of places TODAY where women don’t even get that much.
Divorce was totally fine, and a woman could expect to keep her own wealth and get custody of the kids because paternal lineage wasn’t very important. And it didn’t make her a pariah! She could totally remarry, no big deal at all.
Spartan women participated in some fuckin’ badass sporting events, too. And because they were expected to be as physically fit as the Spartan menfolk (who all had to serve compulsory military duties, btw, and couldn’t marry until they finished them at thirty) they didn’t have time for lots of swishy dresses. So they wore notoriously short skirts. According to some accounts, their thighs were visible at all times. HOLY SHIT.
Also, In Sparta men only got their names on their graves if they died in battle. And women? Women only got their names on their graves if they died in childbirth. THE SPARTANS COMPARED CHILDBIRTH TO FUCKING BATTLE AND IT WAS VIEWED AS A GODDAMN BADASS AND HONORABLE WAY TO GO OUT.
FUCKING SPARTAN WOMEN. THIS DUDE HAD FUCKIN’ BETTER MAKE SURE SHE’S COOL WITH WHATEVER HE’S DOING, IF HE KNOWS WHAT’S FUCKIN’ GOOD FOR HIM.
A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
Bronze head of Hadrian, from a larger statue (one and a quarter times life-size).
c. 117-138 AD. Found at London Bridge/River Thames.
I love Esca’s small mercy here, for whatever reason he dispenses it, when he chooses not to tell Marcus what the seal chief said about Marcus’ father. it doesn’t take long to spit out Your father was a craven, like all Romans, and a traitor to his oath besides. Like, and I wonder: does he not believe it, or does he want to spare Marcus’ feelings? Either pleases me, because the only reason he has to disbelieve it is that he knows Marcus’ character, and credits father with the same, and the second because he cares about Marcus’ feeeelings. I have huge doubts about Esca choosing not to tell him because he thinks it would derail Marcus from his purpose. Mostly because Esca doesn’t give a shit about the eagle, or Marcus’ father, or the senate, or Rome; he only cares for Marcus.
The Eagle (USA, 2010)
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