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Heracles, driven mad by Hera, attacks his family.  Side A of a red-figure calyx-krater, signed by the painter Asteas; ca. 350-320 BCE.  Produced at Paestum (Poseidonia) and found at Salerno; now in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid.  Photo credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen.

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beauty on the inside doesn’t get you free drinks.

Okay, it’s time for a mythology rant…

(by the way, this is just my interpretation, I’m sure that there is other literary scholarship on the subject of Medusa that holds more weight, but this is my own personal opinion)

so Medusa, right, y’all know her snake hair (terribly expensive to feed I’m sure) but yeah, so there seems to be a common idea that the post-Poseidonfuckingshitup medusa was a terrifying hideous ugly-ass butter faced freak. ok, i kinda get where you’re coming from but it’s now shut-the-fuck-up o’ clock and I’m gonna teach y’all a thing or two about greek punishments.

so, quick rundown, in the story of Medusa, she was once some seriously hot shit.  like, damn, and so Poseidon saw her and was like….”damn”…and went “sex?…sex…” and then chased her around because she didn’t want to sex with him.  so she runs to the temple of Athena to avoid the sex because sanctuary.  pretty good idea right? WRONG! because Poseidon don’t give a fuck about your rules! anyway, doing the sex in the temple of Athena was a big no-no (1 because it’s a temple and 2 because Athena was one of the virgin goddesses) 

So, then Athena gets mad after Medusa gets raped in her temple, and decides to punish her seeing as how she can’t punish Poseidon.  As I’m sure y’all already know, she and her two sisters become the Gorgons, the other two becoming immortal and Medusa mortal.  Furthermore, Medusa’s hair is turned into snakes and her gaze turns people into stone.  This is where people seem to jump to conclusions that Medusa became ugly.  BUT if you stop and think about the punishment and the crime, you might begin think something that maybe there is more to this punishment.  

It was Medusa’s beauty that was cited as the cause of Poseidon’s lust, therefore becoming a perfect target of Athena’s anger.  A common theme in the punishments in Greek myths is that they were directly related to the crimes.  By this logic, it would make sense that Medusa retain her unimaginable beauty.  BUT here’s where the punishment comes into play.  With her gaze that instantly turns people into stone, nobody would ever be able to appreciate it or even know of it.  

my future partner is probably texting their bae right now about how they’re gonna be together forever. sike, see you in ten years bitch

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The Antikythera Shipwreck Exhibit

Dated to 60-50 BC, the shipwreck was found off the coast of Antikythera. The ship carried cargo dating from 4th to 1st century BC and was sailing towards Italy carrying among other cargo bronze and marble sculptures, glassware and jewellery, and amongst these the famous “Antikythera Mechanism”. The finds reflect the new phenomenon of art trade, the first in the history of Western civilization.

These marble sculptures have been severely eroded by stone-eating organisms of the sea, and only their parts trapped safely in the mud of the seabed have remained wonderfully intact.

Scarred and deformed, the half-destroyed sculptures now seem even more human. No longer serving as images of idealised beauty, their artistic quality has reached a new dimension, distorted by nature’s interference. Their image haunts you long after you’ve left them behind.

"why do you always wear black"
cause i’m ready for ur funeral bitch

me: *gives an answer*

teacher: class, do you agree or disagree?

you: well I disagree beca-

me:

I edit the look of my blog whenever you edit my feelings.
You claim to love her, inside and out, but the only time you call her beautiful is when it’s 3 in the morning and I’ve already turned you down.
—  girls tell each other everything, c.j.n.