Gemini Altar (Altar of the twins)

Ostia, Italy

0.84 x 0.84 m ,  1.10 m high

First day of October, 124 CE

A container for offerings or a statue was fastened on top with lead (the altar is explicitly called “altar” in an inscription, but it may have been re-used as a statue-base). The four corners are decorated with ram’s heads and wreaths. The front has a depiction of Mars, Venus (with goose and Amor), and Hymenaeus (the god of marriage). On the back we see Romulus and Remus, suckled by the she-wolf. They are found by two shepherds, Faustulus and Faustinus. This story is situated near the Palatine (the Lupercal), and the personification of the hill can be seen in the upper left part. In the lower right part is the personification of the Tiber. Jupiter’s eagle is present as well. On the sides of the altar are amorini, hauling the weapons and chariot of Mars. The amorini are moving towards the front side of the altar.

anonymous asked:

What is a personality trait that you find is unforgivable in yourself or others ? Say a person lied to you; say you lie to put on a good face.

Rom: … When other people use others for their own means without any concern or guilt. Basically when people are in the position of taking advantage of others for their own benefit and don’t care whether or not they hurt others on that personal path of theirs.

Rem: Mmm… well I can’t really think of anything for others? but for me personally- I guess it’s just my awkwardness… I wish I was more confident, more out there. Jumping in without feeling so… scared? When you knew you could have done something but you didn’t, you wait for someone else to do it. Or worse, when no one else could help and you were the only one who could do anything and you do nothing… Sorry I’m not really good with this, haha…

Imbolc: February 1st, 2017

Imbolc (or Brighid’s Day), is just around the corner, and then it’s spring. The earth is just a little warmer and the sun shines just a tad brighter.

Their are numerous of ways to celebrate this sabbat. However, today I’m going to go through how our ancestor may have celebrated.

The Romans:

For the Romans this was the time halfway between The Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It was the time for purification and was usually held around February 15th. Called Lupercalia, it was one of the few holidays that weren’t associated with deities. But the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a she-wolf, in a cave known as Lupercale. 

The Feast of Nut:

Ancient Egyptians celebrated to the mother-figure to the Sun God Ra, Nut. Her birthday fell around this time.

Christian Conversion of a Pagan Celebration:

When Ireland converted to Christianity, it was difficult to convince the people to give up their Gods. Therefore, the church allowed them to continue with there worship of the goddess Brighid, who became a saint. Many churches today still bear her name. 

Originally posted by sgtwhiskersnhappytoaster

Just three ways people used to, or still, celebrate Imbolc. 

Imbolc is February 1st.

Blessed Be 



Chased gold presentation box - Peter Russell (box) and George Michael Moser (chased decoration), 1741.

The scene on the top of the box (second photo) depicts Gaius Mucius Scaevola standing before the Etruscan king Lars Porsena after his failed attempt to assassinate him, thrusting his hand into the fire to show Porsena the resolve of the Romans to resist the Etruscan siege. On the bottom of the box (third photo) Romulus and Remus suckle their wolf foster-mother beside a god representing the Tiber.

Happy Lupercalia! A classical Roman festival celebrated feb 13-15. The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infant orphans, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome,[7] explaining the name of the festival, Lupercalia, or “Wolf Festival.” The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine Hill (the central hill where Rome was traditionally founded[8]), to expiate and purify new life in the Spring. A known Lupercalia festival of 44 BC attests to the continuity of the festival but the Lupercal cave may have fallen into disrepair, and was later rebuilt by Augustus. It has been tentatively identified with a cavern discovered in 2007, 50 feet (15 m) below the remains of Augustus’ palace.

(Not quite a) Quick Post: Odd ones out

Ah, Theros! What a wonderful place, don’t you agree? It is a very diverse plane populated by a variety of species: humans, satyrs, minotaurs, returned… Most of you (probably all of you, but hey, you never know =) ) are aware of the fact that wotc’s creation of Theros was inspired by Ancient Greece, which is why there are so many similarities between the two, both in terms of humans and their society and of mythology (which in Theros is much more… tangible).

If you know a little about the mythology (and history) of the ancient Greeks, a lot of cards in this set will probably remind you of something (in fact, I highly recommend you check out @mythandmtg: they’re really fantastic at explaining the thinking and real world mythology behind the creatures you cast everyday): catoblepas, nymphs, cyclopes… But then you notice something interesting: in the Theros set, there are two cards which don’t seem to derive from Ancient Greece at all. So, what I’m going to be doing now is illustrating briefly what these cards are and where they come from.

The first card is Raised by Wolves (which was in Born of the Gods). The reason nothing comes to mind when you try to connect this to Greek mythology is that this is actually inspired by Ancient Rome. Now, I’m not exactly an expert in Roman mythology, but I AM Italian, and every Italian (a lot of non-Italian people too, obviously) has heard the story of Romulus and Remus. In short, two brothers (who descended from Aeneas) where raised by a female wolf. They eventually founded a city, although *ahem* they got in a little bit of a fight and Romulus killed Remus (”this town ain’t big enough for the both of us”, amirite?). The city was Rome, the same that would come to rule most of Europe, “some” years later (that last part is true, by the way).

Now, I’m sure some of you were already aware of this. Which brings me to our second card. Gaze at it in all its glory!

This card is Nemesis of Mortals. If you were playing Magic when Theros was around, you’ve probably seen this guy a couple times. Now, the question is: what is this card inspired from? Well, that’s what I’ve been trying to understand. After searching through Greek Mythology for some time, I’ve had to conclude that my first impression was correct: this card isn’t inspired by ancient Greece at all. First off, look at the two humans in this artwork… don’t they look pretty different, compared to all the other humans we’ve seen in this set? The robes, the staff, even the woman’s ornaments seem a little bit off… Until you realize that this card would fit much better in a set inspired by ancient EGYPT. In fact, Even though the setting could appear as pseudo-Greek, the characters in the actual scene do not (also, the setting could just as easily be intended as Egyptian). The humans are dressed in a style which is reminiscent of certain garbs that high priests wore (to be honest, the woman could pass as royal, in my opinion), and the staff also look WAY more like something you’d find in ancient Egypt, not Greece.

At this point, some of you may be wondering: “Hey, that’s cool and all, but what about, you know… the GIANT SNAKE ABOMINATION?”. Ah, but of course! I just wanted to leave the best for last, you see. The snake, which is what the card represents, is what initially made me suspect something was out of place. I couldn’t think of any Greek stories with big-ass horrific snakes in them (though perhaps I’m mistaken?). You know what I could think of? Egyptian stories with big-ass snakes in them!

{Illustration by GENZOMAN}

This, ladies and gentlemen, is an idea of what Apophis could’ve looked like. This mighty snake (also referred to as Apep, which, in my opinion, sounds much less menacing) is the god of Chaos and one of the biggest baddies in all of Egyptian Mythology (I’ve seen several illustrations of Apophis, and honestly few of them look very similar to each other, but this is the god of Chaos we’re talking about, after all. They care little about these trivialities). Apophis hated the order enforced by the gods so much that every night they attempted to devour Ra, the God of the Sun (one of the most powerful and important deities) as he made his trip through the underworld. Even Ra himself needed to have other deities act as bodyguards in order to survive the onslaught of Evil incarnated.

So, I guess that’s it for today! I have no idea why I only came up with this post now (and not, say, when Theros was still in rotation), but eh! Happens. This was something a little different than what I usually do, so I hope you all enjoyed it regardless! As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel absolutely free to send me an ask or a message! Until next time, planeswalkers, may your travels be devoid of hungry wolves and giant snakes!