a classics ask meme
  • 1. ancient Greece or ancient Rome?
  • 2. who is your favourite Roman emperor?
  • 3. which is your favourite Greek city-state?
  • 4. tell me about the classical ladies you love the most
  • 5. what is your favourite story from Herodotus's Histories?
  • 6. who is your favourite character from the Iliad or Odyssey?
  • 7. who is your favourite ancient historian?
  • 8. what are your five favourite myths?
  • 9. what are your top five otps?
  • 10. recommend a piece of fiction about the classical world
  • 11. recommend a piece of non-fiction about the classical world
  • 12. who is your favourite poet? why?
  • 13. if you could time-travel to the classical world for a day, where would you go and why?
  • 14. which Greek tragedy is your favourite?
  • 15. Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar?
  • 16. Cicero - love him or loathe him?
  • 17. if you could recover one lost work, which one would it be?
  • 18. what is your favourite movie or TV show set in ancient Greece or Rome?
  • 19. tell me about an obscure classical figure who needs more love
  • 20. what do you love most about studying classics?
musicals as Mean Girls quotes


“I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school…I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy.”


Be More Chill:

“In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”


“Irregardless! Ex-boyfriends are just off limits to friends. I mean, that’s just, like, the rules of feminism!

Originally posted by gelphiegalpals

Something Rotten:
“I’m sorry that people are so jealous of me. But I can’t help it if I’m popular.”


The Book of Mormon: 

*over country music* “On the third day, God created the Remington bolt action rifle so that man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals.” 



“Damn Africa, what happened?”



“What’s so great about Caesar? Hmm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that’s not what Rome is about. We should totally just STAB CAESAR!”

Originally posted by youforfeitallrights

Dear Evan Hansen:

“Hey, how was school?”


“Were people nice?”


"Did you make any friends?”




“My hairline is so weird.”


Spring Awakening:

“Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and die.”

Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What’s so great about Caesar? Hm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that’s not what Rome is about. We should totally just *stab* Caesar!
—  Gaius Cassius Longinus

alexander the great or julius caesar? octavian or mark antony? cleopatra or nefertiti? giulia farnese or lucrezia borgia? elizabeth i or mary i? richard iii or henry vii? hurrem sultan or kosem sultan? catherine de’ medici or mary stuart? marie antoinette or napoleon?


ancient history meme - leaders 2/8

Marcus Vispanius Agrippa (63 BC – 12 BC) was  a close childhood friend of Octavian. They were inseparable over the years, with Agrippa becoming his great military strategist and commander. Without him, Octavian might never have become Caesar Augustus. Agrippa was born in a town nearby Rome. His family was not high in status according to the historical record. However, it was high enough that Agrippa attended the same school in Rome as Octavian in their early years. They were the same age and received their togae viriles together. Agrippa was physically tough and must have, at times, provided protection for his friend, Octavian.

In 46 BC, Agrippa and Octavian joined Julius Caesar in Spain and served with him in his campaign against the remnants of Pompey the Great’s army led by his two sons, Gnaeus Pompey and Sextus Pompey.  It was during this time that Caesar became even more highly impressed with his young great-nephew. When Caesar returned to Rome, he changed his will. Unknown to Octavian, Caesar left him most of his personal wealth and adopted him as his son upon his death. Then Caesar arranged for Octavian and Agrippa to go to a military camp in Apollonia, Illyricum (current Albania), to further their education and get high level military training.  Six months later, Agrippa was at Octavian’s side in Apollonia when they learned of Caesar’s assassination. In the following years, Agrippa led Octavian’s armies to victory in the battles of Perusia, Naulochus, and Actium. Also, in 40 BC, though not a major battle, his victory over Mark Antony’s soldiers at Sipontum was pivotal in helping bring Mark Antony to the bargaining table for the Treaty of Brundisium.

In 34 BC, Marcus Agrippa demonstrated how highly civic minded he was. After having served as consul, he requested from Octavian and took the lower position of aedile so that he could clean up the city of Rome; repairing aqueducts, building baths and hundreds of fountains. He oversaw the effort to clean the sewers and was only satisfied when he could personally sail through them from the Forum down to the Tiber River. Using his own money, he supplied the Roman people with olive oil, salt, and other foods; let them use the baths free of charge; and paid for their haircuts, men and women alike, for a year.

In 27 BC, he built the original Pantheon which was later destroyed in a fire. The emperor Hadrian rebuilt it in 126 AD and had Agrippa’s name inscribed on the face of it; “M-AGRIPPA-L-COS-TERTIUM –FECIT” in Latin which translates to “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, Consul for the third time, built this”. The Pantheon stands intact in Rome today as one of the most impressive and beautiful structures of these ancient times.

While we’re talking about Ulysses, because it’s that kind of night: we know he named himself after the Union general, not the mythical Greek hero, but did Caesar know that? Ulysses S. Grant was a Union general. Anyone as knowledgeable about history as Ulysses and Caesar must have known that the Union fought against slavery– the very foundation of the Legion.

I might be reading too much into things, but remember that Ulysses took his name before he found the Dam and learned of the NCR:

Long ago, I crossed the Colorado, the first among the Legion to see Hoover Dam in all its glory… an Old World wall, yet bridging two sides. And beyond it, a symbol of a two-headed Bear, an idea great enough to challenge Caesar himself.

So the speeches he gives about turning two flags into one couldn’t have been his original reason for choosing his name. And given what happened to Ulysses’ tribe… I can’t help seeing it as a quiet, covert act of rebellion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caesar Augustus before the body of Alexander the Great.
Illustration by H. Showmer

History tells us that Alexander’s remains were brought to Alexandria, Egypt where they were placed in a sarcophagus. The Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, viewed the remains, circa 30 B.C.

 About this time he had the sarcophagus and body of Alexander the Great brought forth from its shrine,15 and after gazing on it, showed his respect by placing upon it a golden crown and strewing it with flowers; and being then asked whether he wished to see the tomb of the Ptolemies as well, he replied, “My wish was to see a king, not corpses.”



Yours is the light

This fic reads a little bit differently. It doesn’t have a lot of dialogue and some parts of it may seem packed with information. That’s because it started as an ‘extended headcanon post’ sort of thing and then got away from me (and by now this shouldn't surprise anyone who knows me).

It’s my take on the ‘alpha/beta/omega’ universe. But I decided to give it a twist and take some of the A/B/O stereotypes and turn them on their collective heads.

In other words, this is actually as different from the A/B/O trope as I could make it and still get away with calling is an A/B/O fic.

Beta-read by RomanceShipper


yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
yours is the darkness of my soul’s return
you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars

― E.E. Cummings

The first time Alec questioned his status was when he was ten years old.

Up until that point, he never even had a reason to think about secondary genders and what the consequences of being an alpha, beta, or omega were. He was just a kid. He had no use for the adult stuff when there were so many other more important and interesting things to learn, things like runes and archery and the history of Nephilim.

Then the whole debacle with Preston happened. He thought that everyone would be happy with him for adapting, and finally finding a way to beat the boy at kendo practice, despite Preston being nearly two years older than him. He listened to his mother’s advice and went against his training. Preston’s nose cracked under his shinai as a result.

Preston himself didn’t react badly - other than being embarrassed that the younger kid, whom he used to beat regularly, suddenly managed to kick his ass instead - but oh, Preston’s mother went ballistic. Alec remembered how she shouted at Maryse. She insisted that Alec should be put in his place like ‘the filthy little omega he reeked of’ and that he should be punished for insubordination and hurting her alpha son.

Alec also remembered how Maryse growled at the other woman. There was some vicious exchange of words that he couldn’t hear before Preston’s mother all but ran from the training room with the metaphorical tail between her legs.

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Companions and Advisers: Their favorite Shakespeare play.

As told by me, an actual Shakespearean. (I have references.)

Cassandra: Antony and Cleopatra. She loves the romantic nature of it, and how both Antony and Cleopatra are swept and compelled with the ideal of one another. Gets emotional when Antony dies in Cleopatra’s arms, and a little too invested when the actress playing Cleopatra knocks it out of the park.

Varric: Titus Andronicus. As a writer, he likes how this early Shakespearean tragedy paved the way for the bard’s later works. Also, he really likes the scene were Titus bakes the pie. Read the play, he says. You will see.

Solas: A true contemplative individual, he loves Hamlet, and has read “To be or not to be” over and over again so much, he has it memorized. Identifies with Hamlet more than he would like to admit. Also has a soft spot for King Lear.

Sera: Yeah, she fell asleep. Doesn’t even remember which one it was.

Vivienne: She prefers Orlesian theatre, thank you very much. Though once, the Val Royeux Acadmy of dramatic arc produced a wonderful ballet of Romeo and Juliet.

Blackwall: He gained an appreciation for Henry IV, Part One, because in Hal’s opening scene, he really came to like Hal’s “I know you all,” soliloquy. Especially the part where Hal says, “Redeeming time when men least think I will.” 

Iron Bull: Midsummer Night’s Dream. Because fairies, and an ass.

Dorian: When it comes to the Southerners and their fascination with the bard, he can understand it, the works are great. Gravitates toward Julius Caesar and analyzes Antony’s “Friends, Romans, and Countrymen” speech, because he can.

Cole: Iago. Crippling. It burns when he thinks of Othello, and in turn, burns when Othello thinks of Desdemona. I loved her. I loved her. Why would she do this? I didn’t belong. Didn’t belong. (He tells you this after you take him out of a production of Othello.) 

Cullen: Henry V, a celebration of the glories of war and battle, and the production he saw didn’t shy away from the horrors of battle either, which he appreciated. Will un-ironically recite the“St. Crispin’s Day speech to his men, or when he needs to be pumped up.

Leliana: There’s something about Macbeth that compels her. Something that haunts her when Lady Macbeth takes the stage, and says “Out, out damned spot.” 

Josephine: Much Ado About Nothing. Because she ships Beatrice and Benedick like no one’s business.

  • [ Sabrina, currently presenting a project on Ancient Rome ]
  • Sabrina: Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his BIG FEET?
  • Sabrina: What’s so great about Caesar? Hmm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar–and when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody!? HUH? Because that’s not what Rome is about–WE SHOULD TOTALLY JUST STAB CAESAR!
  • Everyone in class:

On this day in history, August 12th, two thousand and forty seven years ago, Cleopatra VII, the last active ruler of Ancient Egypt, committed suicide.

Eleven days previously, her husband Marc Antony had already done the same. The couple had been engaged in a civil war against Octavian, the great nephew of Julius Caesar who had been declared his legal heir. During the final battle in Alexandria, Antony suffered serious desertions among his troops and lost the fight. Upon his return, he falsely heard Cleopatra had killed herself and fell on his sword.

After Antony’s death, Octavian arrived in Egypt and effectively took Cleopatra and her children by Antony prisoner. She had sent her eldest son Caesarion, her only living child with Caesar, away for his own safety. She knew that Octavian planned for her to march in chains behind his chariot during his triumph parade, and would very likely have her killed afterwards. Rather than suffer such humiliations and indignity, she chose to take her own life.

Popular history and mythology leads us to believe that she was killed by inducing an asp to bite her, after having locked herself in her mausoleum with her two handmaidens. However, many modern scholars believe that she instead took a mixture of poisons, since the venom of an asp does not cause a quick or painless death. Octavian and his men found her too late to do anything, Cleopatra was already dead and one handmaiden, Iras, was nearly dead on the floor. The second, Charmian, was straightening the Queen’s diadem. According to legend, one of the men asked if this was well done of her mistress, and she shot back “Very well done, as befitting the descendant of so many noble Kings.”

Upon her death, Octavian honoured her wish to be buried in her mausoleum at Antony’s side. He took her children with Antony, the twins Cleopatra Selene and Alexander Helios, along with their younger brother, Ptolemy Philadelphus, to Rome with him as prisoners of sorts. They were fated to march in his triumph parade in their mother’s place, the chains so heavy they could hardly walk. After this they were given to Octavian’s sister Octavia, who had been Antony’s third wife, to look after.

Cleopatra’s son with Caesar, Caesarion, was nominally sole ruler of Egypt after his mother’s death. Eleven days after her suicide, he was found after being lured back to Alexandria under false pretences of being allowed to rule in his mother’s place. Octavian ordered his murder, on advice that “Two Caesar were too many.”

With Cleopatra’s death, and Caesarion’s subsequent murder, the rule of the Ptolemaic Dynasty came to an end and Egypt became a mere Roman Province

  • Manuel: *giving a presentation in the scholomance*
  • Manuel: Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What's so great about Caesar, hm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar, kay? Brutus is just as smart as Caesar, people totally like Brutus as much as they like Caesar.
  • Manuel: *getting angrier* When did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh?
  • Manuel: *breathing hard*
  • Everyone: *turns around to look at Zara*

anonymous asked:

Gay Pride Month is coming to an end. Any notable gay people you would like to write about?

Wow. There are just so many. Alexander the Great was gay, Julius Caesar was bisexual, Sir Francis Bacon was a gay man and the first “modern” scientist. Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were gay and da Vinci almost went to prison for it. Sir Issac Newton was asexual. The great Anthropologist Margaret Mead was a lesbian. The great historian Jan Morris was trans. 

Alan Turing the father of modern computing and who might have contributed more to the winning of WWII than any other single individual in history by inventing the Enigma Code Machine which was every bit as important as the atomic bomb was gay and in fact convicted of homosexuality and later committed suicide because of it. 

You couldn’t begin to name all the writers, actors, filmmakers, painters, sculptors, dancers, designers and other artists. There are just too many of them.