eastern-mediterranean

Roman Marbled Glass Snake - Eastern Mediterranean or Italy, circa late 1st Century BC - early 1st Century AD

There were snakes in use in various oracle temples in ancient Greece and the early Roman Empire. The snake, in pre-Christian cultures, often represented eternal life, as the snake sheds its skin regularly, and keeps growing and surviving.

Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Dagger

  • Dated: circa 1500 B.C.E.
  • Medium: bronze
  • Measurements: overall length 13 3/4 inches (35 cm)
  • Provenance: ex German collection

The daggers has a slender, two-edged blade with middle rib on both sides. The small handle features a ring tip indicates that it was probably a primitive form of money.

Source: Copyright 2014 © Royal Athena

This is a group for people who identify as Eastern Mediterranean, culturally, ethnically, or however this relates to you.

While the Western colonial project makes a point of appropriating our cultures and histories as one of its founding pillars while at the same time strengthening its military grasp over the region, radicals and anarchists in the West fetishize and appropriate the region’s present-day revolutionary and anti-imperial struggles. This two-pronged attack from the west is something that calls for a re-conceptualization of the Eastern Mediterranean and the way those of us in the west, particularly in the United States, relate to it in a way that is anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist, anti-Zionist, anti-orientalist, anti-authoritarian, anti-heteronormative, anti-racist, and anti-oppression.

We are not the Empire’s creation myth. Our history belong to us because we have decided it is so.

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Health Tip Tuesday - Eat Mediterranean. 

"A #Mediterranean diet is high in fiber, which slows down#digestion, preventing wild swings in blood sugar; reduces insulin resistance (a precursor of type 2 diabetes); and improves insulin sensitivity to reduce #obesity and type 2#diabetes,” says cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, creator of the South Beach Diet (WebMD.com)

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Greek Janiform Kantharos, Athens, c. 470-460 BC

With the faces of an Ethiopian and a satyr, of molded earthenware with slip decoration.

Bicephalous (two-faced) pottery of this type can be traced to the Ionic potters of the eastern Mediterranean in the 7th and 6th centuries BC. At times the heads were made to create a striking and deliberate contrast like this piece and other times the faces were made just alike (example). This two-faced format remained popular in Attic and South Italian pottery well into the Roman era when it became known as “janiform” after the Roman two-faced god Janus.

The ancient Greeks had no equivalent to Janus so the Romans claimed him distinctively as their own. He was the god of beginnings and transitions, and thereby of gates, doors, doorways, passages and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past.