Queen of Air and Darkness snippet

“I can’t do this.” Helen tried to keep her voice steady, but it was nearly impossible. She hoped the strain would be covered by the sound of the waves crashing below them, but Aline knew her too well. She could sense when Helen was upset, even when she was trying hard not to show it.

“Baby.” Aline moved closer, wrapping her arms around Helen, brushing her lips softly with her own. “You can. You can do anything.”

Helen relaxed into her wife’s arms. When she’d first met Aline she’d thought the other girl was taller than she was, but she’d realized later it was the way Aline held herself, arrow-straight. The Consul, her mother, held herself the same way, and with the same pride — not that either of them was arrogant, but the word seemed a shade closer to what Helen imagined than simple confidence. She remembered the first love note Aline had ever written her. The curves of your lips rewrite history. The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. Later, she’d found out it was an Oscar Wilde quote, and had said to Aline, smiling, You’ve got a lot of nerve.

Aline had looked back at her steadily. “I know. I do.”

They both had, always, and it had stood them in good stead. But this —

“This is different,” Helen said. “They don’t want me here –“

“They do want you here.”

“They barely know me,” Helen said. “That’s worse.”


Harry Styles as Dorian Gray (two versions with the same quote):  “The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.” (by Oscar Wilde<3)

Ottoman dagger, 16th c (grip and blade), guard 1774–89, steel, ivory, gold; silver-gilt,

The ivory grip is carved in the manner of objects made for the Ottoman court, blade inscribed in Turkish and Persian (Ottoman court languages) “I besought a drink of water from your trenchant dagger, what if but once you should let me drink, what would you lose? If I thirst, his dagger is not laid down”…

anonymous asked:

Hi Are you still doing altar lists? Can you do one for Amphitrite, Artemis, Demeter and Hera pleaaase? Thanks in advance xx

- Sea salt
- Sea Shells
- Coral or sea plants (fake)
- Pictures of sea life or
- Aquarium (if you’re good at taking care of fish)
- Dolphins
- Shrimp, lobsters, crab, clams
- Beach Sand
- Sea Glass or Drift Wood
- Salt Water (Ocean water)
- Candles (blue, green, teal, white, black)

- Deer
- Bow
- Arrows
- Bears
- Leather cord or pelts
- Picture/ painting of Orion constellation
- Photos of forest/wilderness
- Antlers
- Animal bones
- Leaves or rocks from woods
- Partridge, Quails, Herons
- Cypress
- Palm
- Jerky
- Spring water
- Candles (Brown, green, beige)

- Grain
- Bread
- Pigs
- Snakes
- Corn
- Wheat
- Sickle
- Gardening Calendar
- Soil from garden
- Corn dollies
- Cornucopia
- Candles (Brown, beige, green, yellow)

- Peacock feathers
- Wedding souvenirs
- Copy of marriage vows
- Septre
- Cows
- Lions
- Diadem
- Lotus
- Lily
- Hawks
- Cuckoo Bird
- Pomegranate/ Figs/ Oranges
- Constellation map
- Ivory
- Gold
- Candles (white, gold, blue, teal, green)

Altar Ideas
Amphitrite - Aphrodite - Apollo - Ares - Artemis - Asteria - Athena - Demeter - Dionysus - Hades - Hebe - Hekate - Hemera - Hephaestus - Hera - Hermes - Hestia - Khione - Persephone - Poseidon - Selene - Zeus


Chalcedony Statuette of a Herm of Herakles, Roman Imperial, 2nd Century AD

While sculptures of bronze and marble are among the most well-known artistic legacies of Greece and Rome, ancient artists also produced fine works of sculpture in other materials such as terracotta, ivory, gold, silver, glass, and rare or semi-precious stone. Some artists possessed the remarkable skills needed to transform hard stone into miniature sculpture worthy of comparison with the finest works in bronze and marble. This extraordinary and finely made statuette of Herakles is just such an object. It stands out as a masterwork, even when considered among the small number of other stone statuettes that are known, and testifies to the superior talent of artists who created such luxuria during the Roman Imperial Period. This type of herm representing Herakles first appears in the Greek Hellenistic period and becomes prevalent during Roman Imperial times. This herm is supported by a golden pedestal of 18th century date, following a custom of the time for mounting such rare objects.

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anonymous asked:

I'm a relative of George Washington and I was wondering if you could hit me with fun George facts, especially him with his family ones?

  • Washington was actually born on February 11, 1731, but when the colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian calendar, his birthday was moved eleven days. Since his birthday fell before the old date for New Year’s Day, but after the new date for New Year’s Day, his birth year was changed to 1732. 
  • In 1976 Washington was posthumously awarded the highest rank in the U.S. military, ever. Nobody can ever have a higher rank than he had. 
  • He never chopped down a cherry tree. 
  • He lost more battles than he won. 
  • In the Braddock disaster of 1755, Washington’s troops were caught in the crossfire between British and Native American soldiers. Two horses were shot from under Washington, and his coat was pierced by four musket balls, none of which hit his actual body.
  • George Washington did not have wooden teeth. 
  • George Washington started school when he was 6 years old. He left school at 15 to become a surveyor because his mother couldn’t afford to send him to college.
  • When he was 57, he had every one of his teeth pulled. 
  • Today’s White House staff has more employees than the entire United States government did in Washington’s time!
  • He fired the first shot which began the French and Indian War. He fucked around a started the French and Indian war. 
  • He added “So help me God” on to the Presidential Oath of Office at his inauguration and its been done that way ever since.
  • He was so strong that he could crack walnut shells between his thumb and forefinger.
  • Research performed on a set of Washington’s dentures in 2005 showed they were made of gold, ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth.
  • He made moonshine. 
  • George Washington may have owned one of the first goldfish in the United States.
  • George Washington died after his doctors removed 40% of his blood (80 ounces) over a 12-hour period to cure a throat infection.
  • George Washington stopped the Revolutionary War to return a lost dog to the enemy.
  • George Washington selected the site of the White House in 1791, but he never lived there.
  • George Washington inoculated his troops against smallpox, reducing a 17% death rate from the disease down to 1%.
  • He currently owns over $300,000 in over-due library funds. 

reputatiovn  asked:

Hi Cassie. First all I want to say that your books are amazing, surely you already have been telling many times, but they are so important to me, so thank you. The question is, which I was just re-reading COHF, I remembered that I always wondered what Jace saw when the dream-demon attacked the group in Edom? He is the only one that we didn't see and his reaction was so shocked. Will we ever know? Thanks for you time and sorry for my English.

We do actually see what he saw, because he tells Clary. CoHF page 522:

“Remember when we came through into the demon realm, and everyone saw something?” Jace asked. “And I said I didn’t.” 

“You don’t have to tell me what you saw,” Clary said gently. “It’s your business.”

“I do,” he said. “You should know. I saw a room with two thrones in it—gold and ivory thrones—and through the win- dow I could see the world, and it was ashes. Like this world, but the destruction was newer. The fires were still burning, and the sky was full of horrible flying things. Sebastian was sitting on one of the thrones and I was sitting on the other. You were there, and Alec and Izzy, and Max—” He swallowed. “But you were all in a cage. A big cage with a massive lock on the door. And I knew I had put you in it, and turned the key. But I didn’t feel regret. I felt—triumph.” He exhaled, hard. “You can shove me away in disgust now. It’s fine.”


Queen (c. 1508 BCE–c. 1458 BCE)

Hatshepsut was the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt, ruling for 20 years in the 15th century B.C. She is considered one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs.

The only child born to the Egyptian king Thutmose I by his principal wife and queen, Ahmose, Hatshepsut was expected to be queen. After the death of her father at age 12, Hatsheput married her half-brother Thutmose II, whose mother was a lesser wife — a common practice meant to ensure the purity of the royal bloodline. During the reign of Thutmose II, Hatshepsut assumed the traditional role of queen and principal wife.

Thutmose II died after a 15 year reign, making Hatshepsut a widow before the age of 30. Hatshepsut had no sons — only a daughter, Neferure — and the male heir was an infant, born to a concubine named Isis.

Since Thutmose III was too young to assume the throne unaided, Hatshepsut served as his regent. Initially, Hatshepsut bore this role traditionally until, for reasons that are unclear, she claimed the role of pharaoh. Technically, Hatshepsut did not ‘usurp’ the crown, as Thutmose III was never deposed and was considered co-ruler throughout her life, but it is clear that Hatshepsut was the principal ruler in power.

She began having herself depicted in the traditional king’s kilt and crown, along with a fake beard and male body. This was not an attempt to trick people into thinking she was male; rather, since there were no words or images to portray a woman with this status, it was a way of asserting her authority.

Under Hatshepsut’s reign, Egypt prospered. Unlike other rulers in her dynasty, she was more interested in ensuring economic prosperity and building and restoring monuments throughout Egypt and Nubia than in conquering new lands.

She built the temple Djeser-djeseru (“holiest of holy places”), which was dedicated to Amon and served as her funerary cult, and erected a pair of red granite obelisks at the Temple of Amon at Karnak, one of which still stands today. Hatshepsut also had one notable trading expedition to the land of Punt in the ninth year of her reign. The ships returned with gold, ivory and myrrh trees, and the scene was immortalized on the walls of the temple.

The queen died in early February of 1458 B.C. In recent years, scientists have speculated the cause of her death to be related to an ointment or salve used to alleviate a chronic genetic skin condition - a treatment that contained a toxic ingredient. Testing of artifacts near her tomb have revealed traces of a carcinogenic substance.

Late in his reign, Thutmose III began a campaign to eradicate Hatshepsut’s memory: He destroyed or defaced her monuments, erased many of her inscriptions and constructed a wall around her obelisks. While some believe this was the result of a long-held grudge, it was more likely a strictly political effort to emphasize his line of succession and ensure that no one challenged his son Amenhotep II for the throne.