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Hellenistic Gold Oak Wreath, c. 4th-3rd Century BC

A Greek Hellenistic diadem wreath comprising numerous projecting sprays of sheet-gold oak leaves in two sizes with serrated edges and veins, a large central rosette with two smaller similar roundels flanking, laurel leaves to the rear with gold Heracles knot, the four intersections covered by miniature gold masks modeled in the round with varying expressions, and four more to the bands of the knot; each element affixed to a custom-designed display stand.

The most famous of such wreaths is the example from Vergina, (MacedoniaGreece) in the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. Similar wreaths have been found all over the Hellenistic world in funerary contexts, as far apart as Asia Minor, the Black Sea coasts and Magna Graecia. The Greek writer Demosthenes (384-322 BC) noted that gold wreaths were worn for religious ceremonies, and the inventories of Greek temples and sanctuaries record that they were left as dedications by local men and women, foreign visitors, officials approaching the end of their career, as well as foreign powers seeking a favorable relationship. The oak leaves may symbolize the power of Zeus, who was often represented by the oak tree. This is a finely detailed example of the type executed with great skill.

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Period Drama Meme:
Historical Figures [1/5]: Alexander the Great
Alexander (2004)

‘They say we were the greatest fighting force ever known to man. Greater even than the expedition to Troy. But how can I say it? How can I tell you what it is like to be young and to dream big dreams? To believe when Alexander looked you in the eye, you could do anything. In his presence, by the light of Apollo, we were better than ourselves. Truly, I’ve known many great men in my life, but only one colossus.’

- Ptolemy -

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HURRY UP WITH MY DAMN CROISSANTS: a mix for the alexander the great you wished you’d studied. [ L I S T E N ]

                     ‘SUCK MY DICK.’ - alexander iii of macedon, circa 331 b.c.

                                                       356 - 338 b.c.

I.   the creepiest ten year old in history
                   WHEN I GROW UP - the pussycat dolls

II.   the mother of all oedipus complexes
                   NO ANGELS - bastille ft ella

III.   subtlety didn’t exist in ancient greece
                   NO HOMO - the lonely island

IV.   please calm down
                   HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW - the heavy

V.   teenage tantrum in the form of potential civil war
                   THREW IT ON THE GROUND - the lonely island

VI.  classical edition backstreet boys
                   CLIQUE - kanye west ft. jay z

VII.   belated sexual awakening
                   I KISSED A BOY (COVER) - cobra starship

VIII.  oops i killed my dad
                   MOVE BITCH (HEDEGAARD REMIX) - ludacris
                                     

                                                       
                                                       336 - 330 b.c.

IX.   please try to act like you’re sorry your dad’s dead
                   SURVIVOR - beyonce

X.   this is imperialism, and it’s not cool
                   PRIMADONNA - marina and the diamonds
                   
XI.  literally no one else thinks this is a good idea
                   I’M ON A BOAT - the lonely island
                   
XII.  seriously, calm down
                   TURN DOWN FOR WHAT - dj snake & lil’ jon
                   
XIII. this is going to catastrophically affect the known world
                   I CAN DO ANYTHING - 3oh!3
                   
XIV.  you culturally appropriative asshole
                   PRETTY FLY FOR A WHITE GUY (COVER) - vitamin string quartet 

                                                       
                                                       329 - 323 b.c.

XV.  cutting off the heads of existing friends won’t make you new friends
                   HEADS WILL ROLL - yeah yeah yeahs

XVI.  seriously, CHILL
                   I AM A GOD - kanye west

XVII.  you’re a fucking embarrassment
                   BITCH - the plasticines 

XVIII.  lying on a corpse crying for three days 
                   I’M NOT CRYING - flight of the concords

XVIV.  the drinking problem that changed the course of history
                   A LITTLE PARTY NEVER KILLED NOBODY - fergie

XX.  this went about as well as could be expected
                   DIE YOUNG - ke$ha

Reading the iliad is so crazy because like alexander the great was reading this story over 2000 years ago?? he probably wrote fanfiction about achilles and patroclus and told hephaestion his headcanons?? life is absurd

Reading about Alexander the Great is so much more fun if you add ‘no homo’ to the end of his gayest exploits:

  • “yo, hephaestion, you know who was totally rad? achilles. i’m gonna constantly publicly compare myself to him, so you should totally do the same with his bud patroclus! i mean, some of the greatest minds of our time have written about how they were totally doin’ it, but no homo!”
  • “heey, hephaestion! ya know how we were talking about good ol’ achilles and his boy patroclus? well how 'bout we take a detour to troy to pay tribute at their tombs and then maybe we can oil each other up and run naked down a beach ha ha no homo!”
  • “the dorians? oh yeah, us macedonians are definitely related to the dorians. a lot of greeks credit the dorians with introducing man-on-man sex to greece, it was a behavior that was even expected of their ruling class … no homo.”
  • “hey, bagoas, nice dancing. you know what wouldn’t be gay? if we made out. right here. everyone wants it. come on, bro, no homo.”
  • “what’s that?” “oh nothing, hephaestion. just a letter from that delightful fellow we met living in a barrel, diogenes of sinope. it’s really nothing … here’s something about me 'yielding’ to your thighs … uh, no homo …”
  • “hey, hephaestion, let’s get married together! no homo!”
  • “yo, hephaestion, you know what totally wouldn’t be gay? if you died and i wept over your corpse for a day straight until i had to be dragged away and maybe i wouldn’t eat for a whole two days cause i was too busy sobbing and then i spent anywhere from 10,000 to 12,000 talents, which is like a billion dollars, on funerary shit and i could extinguish that sacred flame that’s only supposed to be extinguished upon the death of the great king but whatever i mean you too are alexander and i could try to get you deified and then maybe the grief caused by your death could contribute to my declining mental and physical health over the next eight months until i also died ha ha NO HOMO!”
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Hellenistic Gold ‘Alexander The Great’ Bracelet, 3rd-2nd Century BC

Composed of two rows of minute die-struck four-petaled and eight-petaled rosettes, connected with fine gold wire links, with four round and two larger rectangular gold sheet elements, now misshapen, each decorated with lotus flower and lotus bud pendants, the central element decorated in repoussé with the head of Alexander the Great.