ancient hunting

Detail of the Little Gold Shrine found in the Tomb of Tutankhamun, which is covered in scenes of the Pharaoh with his wife, Ankhesenamun.

This scene shows the royal couple out hunting ducks together. Tutankhamun is seated behind Ankhesenamun, taking aim at the birds in flight. His wife sits in front of him, pointing to where the ducks are and heady to hand him another arrow.

titheinironside  asked:

Do you think there are any historical figures Aro regrets not turning when he had the chance? Maybe not super prolific people, but those with some modicum of talent?

I have to think that Aro regrets not turning some famous historical psychics, especially given his reaction to Alice’s gift. (Personally, if I were ancient and on the hunt for a clairvoyant, I would start out by investigating the various oracles of the ancient word: the Pythia at Delphi and the Cumaean Sybil, for starters.) Actually, I could see precognition being a really common gift– akin to tracking– because it’s one of the supernatural abilities humans claim to have most often. It’s a mystery why Aro hasn’t been acquiring and ‘upgrading’ psychics, like he did with all the trackers before Demetri, until he finally had the Most Knowing Vampire Ever in his employ. 

Likewise, I assume that Aro has regretted not turning some famous ancient general from a notoriously scary civilization– maybe an Assyrian or a Spartan or even a Roman, if we’re going for the obvious. He fought an actual, physical war with the Romanians for the better part of a century; it’d be pretty useful to have someone with a military gift on his side. 

Finally, it’s completely baffling to me that Aro never tried to transform any alleged demi-god. In Greek and Roman mythology, these folks were usually extremely good at one thing as a result of their semi-divine parentage. That sounds like a perfect recipe for gifts, and let’s not even pretend that Aro would hesitate to bite someone who’s part divine. (Sacrilege delights him; he literally made up a saint.)

Richard Miles Archaeologist


Detail: Assyrian relief sculpture from the North Palace of Ashurbanipal, Nineveh. ‘The Royal lion hunt’ -The king is in his chariot shooting arrows at succession of lions. (c. 645-635 BC)

British Museum, London, UK  

The Majority-Christian Asian Nation (and some other interesting things about the Philippines)

Its been a while since I did a facts list…here we go:

  1. The Philippines has the highest rate of discovery of new animal species with 16 new species of mammals discovered just in the last 10 years.
  2. The world’s largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the “Pearl of Lao Tzu,” or “Pearl of Allah,” it is worth around US$40 million, and is believed to be 600 years old.
  3. The Philippines is the only country in the world whose flag is hoisted upside down when the country is at war.
  4. The yo-yo had its beginnings as an ancient Filipino studded hunting weapon attached to a 20-foot rope. 
  5. There are between 120 and 175 individual languages spoken in the Philippines, 171 of which are living while the other four no longer have any known speakers.
  6. Both University of Santo Tomas in Manila, founded in 1611, and the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, founded in 1595, are older than Harvard University (which was only founded in 1636)

Quick note: there are actually two majority-Christian nations in Asia, and both are in Oceania! One is the Philippines, and the other is East Timor.

I have a plastic tennis ball flinger that I use to exercise my ridiculously athletic German Shorthaired Pointer. It looks like this: 

and every time I use it, I think about my ancient human ancestors hunting with atlatls and think, yes, I am your heir

The Moment by Evgenia Arbugaeva
Tusk and Sunset: A mammoth’s tusk spikes the Siberian sky on Bolshoy Lyakhovskiy Island. Tusks that are discovered with the mammoth’s skull still attached, like this one, are not considered more valuable, notes photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva. She spent two months on the island to document the hunt for ancient ivory. “They can’t sell the skull,” she says of the tusk hunters. There is no need to saw off the tusk from the skull. They just pull it out, like pulling out a tooth.


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