ancient troy


Rare Anatolian Neolithic Stone Idol, 6000-4000 BC

A highly stylized, schematic stone idol, shaped from unpolished marble, with five copper nails inserted into drilled holes around the upper “head” portion of the body, and hammered flat to secure them. The body is composed of two rounded portions joined in a thinner section at the neck, with one rounded portion slightly larger than the other (the “head”), and the other side with a flattened bottom with a deeply incised quadrant motif carved into it. The head has a small hole drilled into its top that may also have once held a copper nail. Incised lines, especially on one face, give it further details, perhaps of eyes and a headdress.

One of the most common shapes of the Anatolian marble idols, the so-called “figure of eight” shaped figurine, is characterized by a very distinct division between the head and the body. Most have a flattened form, but some, like this one, are more three-dimensional. These figures are found particularly in western Anatolian sites like Troy. They were made for worship, most likely in household shrines or carried in cult rituals. The bronze nails provide a tantalizing glimpse into some of the ways that they were revered.

i love how in stories about ancient times and ancient heros there’s always someone who says “you will be remembered for centuries, the glory of your name will never fade” because it’s true, we’re hearing about them right this moment, they lived thousands of years before us, yet we still idolise them and love their stories. it overwhelms me and fills with awe

  • patroclus: f is for friends who do stuff together. u is for you and me. n is for anywhere and anytime at all, by the aegean sea.
  • achilles: f is for fire that burns down the whole town. u is for uranium... bombs! n is for no survivors-
  • patroclus: you're sleeping on the floor tonight.
The Signs as Major Greek City-States
  • Sparta: Aries, Scorpio, Cancer
  • (Spartans are known for their great bravery and physical endurance. They are famous all over Greece for being mighty warriors. They have clear and well-defined goals, including a desire to fight and rule for what they believe in. They enjoy a rigorous lifestyle and are very cunning.)
  • Athens: Aquarius, Virgo
  • (Athenians enjoy "matters of the mind." They love the learning side of things, and believed in a good education. They contributed many scientific discoveries, and supported the concept of a democracy. Philosophers and scientists are abundant here, as knowledge flourishes in Athens.)
  • Troy: Capricorn, Sagittarius
  • (Trojans are adventurers, independent thinkers and pioneers. They created their empire at the meeting point of Europe, Africa, and Asia, and therefore are open to new ideas and different cultures. They don't always follow the crowd and are adventurous.)
  • Argos: Pisces, Libra
  • (Argos is known for its artists, musicians, and performers. People living in Argos enjoy being in the spotlight, in front of an audience. They are very creative and enjoy artistic challenges, such as painting, drawing, composing, or sculpting. Dramas and plays were also very popular, and was regularly performed in open-air theaters.)
  • Corinth: Leo, Gemini, Taurus
  • (The people of Corinth are trendsetters. The land of Corinth is right on the coast, which makes them number one as a trade and cultural center. Therefore, they recognize the latest cultural trends and styles. Corinthians are full of vivacity and like to have a good time. They're a fun bunch!)
[Trollhunters] Ithaca

Title: Ithaca
Summary: He doesn’t realize it’s Ithaca he’s looking for until he finds it. When he does, she has blue eyes and a different name.
Characters: Walter Strickler. Mentions of Barbara and Jim.

A/N: last week I watched all of Trollhunters instead of sleeping and now I wrote this instead of sleeping. I need some lessons in adulting because man, do I fail at it. 


Changelings never remember precisely what is done to them in order to change them in the first place. What they do remember every waking hour is what they’re told throughout the process.

You can never go back.

‘Back’ is a vague concept to beings that remember nothing prior to their turning. ‘Back’ is the nebulous reality of a family that, somewhere, woke up to an empty crib. Perhaps they mourned before picking up the pieces and moving on. Because they do move on, every single one of them. Sometimes the crib remains empty; sometimes a new offspring fills the void, guarded viciously by parents who’ll never allow it to meet the same fate as the previous.

They will never look for you. They never speak of you. They’ve all forgotten you.

They’ll have a dead child over an Impure one.

There are tales of a Changeling who went back, one who was taken young but not quite young enough. She remembered things from before, the tale went, and decided to look for her birth family. What she remembered was enough to find them - ignoring warnings, clawing her way back even as her brethren tried to hold her back. She had appeared before her bloodkin wounded but deliriously happy, reaching out for them with hands stained by the blood of her brothers and sisters.

They had recognized her as one of their own corrupted young, the tale went on. They had reached back for those outstretched arms.

And then they had torn her apart.

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Achilles Drags Hector:  Black-Figure Hydria C. 510 BC

Greek vase-painters often used subjects from Homer’s great epics the Iliad and the Odyssey in their work. On this hydria - a vessel with three handles for carrying water - the Attic painter depicted a scene from the Trojan war in which Achilles ties the body of the Trojan hero Hector, killed by him, to a chariot. He goes on to mock his enemy’s body publicly by dragging it along the ground before the very walls of Troy.

Attributed to the Antiopa Painter, Leagros group, Attica.

charlottebrontosaurus-deactivat  asked:

Obviously, you're not a fan of "Troy" (based on that last textpost) having not yet read the Iliad - could you point out some of the specific flaws of the movie that mar the interpretation? I liked the movie, but like all "historical-ish" films, I'm sure there are a multitude of flaws - is it even similar to the original text in any way shape or form or did Hollywood botch it big-time?

Oh god. Where do I even start? I’m just going to do this as a series of questions I had while watching the movie because I literally don’t even know how to address all of these issues coherently. Why the fuck are all the Trojans white? Why is fucking everyone white? Why is Brad Pitt in this movie at all? Why does Patroclus sound like a frat boy? Can we start calling him Fratroclus? Why the fuck are you pretending he’s Achilles’ cousin? Is it because THEY’RE GAY AS FUCK AND HOLLYWOOD CAN’T FUCKING HANDLE THAT? Who the fuck did the voice work with these actors? Did anyone even do voice work with these actors?  Why the fuck is Helen claiming she’s never seen Sparta when she was fucking born and raised there? How the fuck did Achilles just behead a gold statue with a bronze sword? Are the filmmakers familiar with the concept of physics? Where the fuck are all the the gods? Since when the fuck is Briseis related to Hector and Paris? Wait what the fuck did Menelaus just DIE? Do they not know Menelaus survived the war? Wait what the fuck did AGAMEMNON just die??? Do they not know that he ALSO survived the war??? Wait wait wait did AJAX just die???? WHY ARE THEY IGNORING THE SOURCE MATERIAL????? AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN ANYTHING ELSE WHERE IN THE THUNDER-BLASTED FUCK IS DIOMEDES? HE’S THE CHARACTER WITH THE LONGEST FUCKING ARISTEIA IN THE FUCKING ILIAD AND YOU FUCKING CUT HIM FROM THE FUCKING MOVIE???????? RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE SING O GODDESS THE WRATH OF EVERY MOVIE-GOER WHO HAS EVER READ THE WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE ON THE ILIAD.

If you’re interested in a less rant-y explanation I recommend this article from The Guardian, rightly entitled ‘Troy is a Historical Travesty.’

A rare coin from the city that once housed the Library of Aristotle

This silver drachm is from the ancient city of Skepsis in Troas circa 480-450 BC. On the obverse is the forepart of Pegasus with the inscription ΣKHΨIΩN. The reverse shows a fir tree with two grape bunches all within a linear and  dotted border.

The ancient city of Skepsis was located in the Troas region (aka Troad), which is the modern Biga peninsula in Turkey. It is about 31 miles southeast of the ancient site of Troy. The settlement is notable for being the location where the famous library of Aristotle was kept before being moved to Pergamum and Alexandria. Strabo wrote in his Geographia XIII, 1, 54-55 that Aristotle was “the first man, so far as I know, to have collected books and to have taught the kings in Egypt how to arrange a library." 


Who is Odysseus?
This is the start of a series of videos on Odysseus in modern pop culture, starting with what are the important aspects that make up his character.