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Effervescent Epiphanies

The sparkling contemplations of a erratic and procrastinating mind.

ancientart:

Ara Pacis Augustae (“Altar of Augustan Peace”), dedicated 9 BCE, a monument celebrating Augustus’s most significant achievement -his establishment of peace.

The Ara Pacis is one of my all-time favorite ancient artworks, and the amount of information, analysis, and research done on it is abundant. Attempting to do a post covering all of this would not do the monument justice, and so I’ve instead decided to focus on a few key scenes shown in the friezes (using Gardner’s Art Through the Ages). I likely will cover other aspects of the Ara Pacis in the future, but I would definitely recommend doing some extra reading on this fantastic monument.

Analysis of the second image showing a female personification:

Her identity is uncertain. She is usually called Tellus (Mother Earth), although some scholars have named her Pax (Peace), Ceres (goddess of grain), or even Venus. Whoever she is, she epitomizes the fruits of the Pax Augustusa. All around her the bountiful earth is in bloom, and animals of different species live peacefully side by side. Personifications of refreshing breezes (note the windblown drapery) flank her. One rides a bird, the other a sea creature. Earth, sky, and water are all elements of this picture of peace and fertility in the Augustan cosmos.

The final image showing Aeneas sacrificing:

Four panels on the east and west depict carefully selected mythological subjects, including a relief of Aeneas making a sacrifice. Aeneas was the son of Venus and one of Augustus’s forefathers. The connection between the emperor and Aeneas was a key element of Augustus’s political ideology for his new Golden Age. It is no coincidence that Vergil wrote the Aeneid during the rule of Augustus. The epic poem glorified the young emperor by celebrating the founder of the Julian line.

-Helen Gardner, Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I. page 176.

Photos courtesy & taken by Steven Zucker.

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Things almost every author needs to research

clevergirlhelps:

the-right-writing:

  • How bodies decompose
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Mob mentality
  • Other cultures
  • What it takes for a human to die in a given situation
  • Common tropes in your genre
  • Average weather for your setting

yoooo

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alethea293:

🎶Walking fast

kaiju pass and I’m home bound

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thecottonproject:

Final for my Time Arts class. Nothing gets you in touch with your own anger quite like listening to this and thinking about all the times you’ve been objectified and belittled.

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nightvales-voice:

Voices singing “let’s be jolly,

Deck the halls with Í̖̤̹͇̼̹̕N̡̲͖̲̳̭͉̠̩̯T̶͎̦̺̬̗̖͍̮E͏҉̹̯R̯͍̖͜͞N̘̥̗̫͖͈̳͘͜A͇͔L̴̮ͅ ̞̙̬͈͉̞̕͟O̰̙̺̟̠̕͟R̳͙͠G̺̦͕A͚̰̠̮̙̙̮͎͎N͠͏̝̹S̞͟͡”

The outcome of this war won’t be decided tonight. No one would criticize us for laying down our rifles on Christmas Eve. - Joyeux Noel (2005)

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fandom0nium:

IM NOT EVEN IN THIS FANDOM AND I CANT STOP LAUGHING OH GOD

fandom0nium:

IM NOT EVEN IN THIS FANDOM AND I CANT STOP LAUGHING OH GOD

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me: *waves present* do you want this to be from me or from you?
bro: Oh I've done my shopping, I've already got presents for everyone!
me: this is for me
bro: oh crap. I forgot about you.

commanderspock:

glitterarygetsit

Sevan Biçakçi, for all your tiny city in a magic ring needs. Also: frozen birds, enchanted pomegranates and creatures of the deep.

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rosejanenoble:

geekpinata:

Adorable geeky aprons from Bambino Amore.

Spotted thanks to Set to Stunning

Sweet baby jesus

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Merry Christmas from Venit!

Merry Christmas from Venit!

kittydoom:

razielvonfreak:

It’s a dream come true for anyone who has ever spent an evening at the Renaissance Faire wishing that they could wear the pretty dresses AND the awesome armor. We utterly love this fashion spread from designer Pinkabsinthe.

THIS IS PERFECT

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chalkandwater:

Gold Mouth (Bouche d’orée) - Corto Maltese: La cour secrète des Arcanes (2002)

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sungl0ry:

Almost Human: genderswap

Lena Headey as John Kennex
Kandyse Mcclure as Dorian DRN

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