ancient navy

The Sea Fight at Pelusium, illustration from “Hutchinson’s story of the nations”, ca. 1910,  Henry Charles Seppings-Wright (1850-1937).

After destroying the Purusata tribe, King Ramesses III (ca. 1182 BC) marched to Pelusium where his army destroyed the rival navy. The King’s pictorial records give us the first representation in history of a sea fight.

We see Artemisia of Halicarnassus, hotly pursued by a trireme from the Attica squadron, cram on all speed and ruthlessly run down one of her own side, a vessel commanded by some Carian princeling from nearby Calynda.

‘I cannot say’, Herodotus observes demurely, 'if she did this deliberately because of some quarrel she had with this man… or if it was just chance that that particular vessel was in the way.’

At all events, she did doubly well out of the error. Her assailant – that same Ameinias of Pallene who had attacked the Phoenician Admiral’s flagship at the onset of the engagement – observing what had happened, came to the conclusion that his quarry was either a Greek or a deserter fighting on the Greek side, and turned off in search for some other victim. Ameinias was out of his mind with rage and frustration when he learnt the truth, since the Athenians (who disliked the idea of a woman taking up arms against them) had put a 10,000-drachma price on Artemisia’s head, and given their captains special instructions to capture her at all costs.

—  An account of the end of the Battle of Salamis, fought between an alliance of Greek city-states under Themistocles and the Persian Empire under King Xerxes in 480 BCE. The Greeks had decisively won and Xerxes’ ships and allies fled in confusion. Queen Artemisia downs an ally ship in her haste to retreat. But it worked well for her. It might have been the thing which allowed her to escape! From Peter Green, in The Greco-Persian Wars.

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Can you write a smutty fic where the differences in birth control between the EF and storybrooke are explained. I keep having this weird plot bunny of the main EF method being pull out and Killian tries doing that with Emma during their first time but Emma keeps him in and then Killian starts worrying about fatherhood and how he didn't realize that Emma wanted another child or that she wanted to have one with him

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His fingers worked at the buttons on her blouse as his mouth latched onto a spot under her ear. Emma writhed in his arms, whimpering as his tongue pressed into her skin. He brought his hook up to pull her blouse open, revealing her black, lacy corset – brassiere – and the lovely sight of her dusky nipples straining through the material. The hook’s tip caught the edge of the brassiere’s strap and he tugged lightly. “Are you particularly fond of this garment, darling?” Killian murmured against her neck.

“Kinda,” Emma said, gasping when he found a new spot to suck a mark into. “It’s expensive.”

“I’ll buy you a new one,” he promised, just before pulling hard and snapping the strap in two.

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Hydna of Scione

This remarkable woman was trained to swim by her father, Scyllis of Scione, a diving instructor and expert swimmer who made his living instructing others on swimming and diving. He taught his daughter from a young age, and she became well known for her ability to dive deeply and swim long distances. These skills came in handy when the Persians invaded Greece in 480 BCE. Their army sacked Athens, defeated the Spartans at Thermopylae, and proceeded to march across the land unimpeded. The combined Greek navy was the only strong force left keeping the Persians from total domination. The Persian navy attacked at Salamis, but Hydna and Scyllis were ready. They dove beneath the Persian ships and cut their moorings, causing ships to drift and run aground or smash into other Persian ships. This feat is even more impressive when one considers that Hydna and her father swam ten miles out to sea, in the middle of a storm, to reach the waiting navy. Greek sea power won the ensuing battle, Greek independence was preserved, western civilization as we know it was made possible – and Hydna of Scione was partially to thank.

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1. toby’s guilty pleasure is watching ancient aliens (navy was giorgio for halloween one year just for her)

2. her favorite genres of books are historical biographies and zombie apocalypse

3. she was named after her father’s father, tobias plum

4. puts 1 tablespoon of organic unsalted butter in her coffee

5. favorite scent is vanilla (the only perfume she wears is vanilla)