ancient troy

Alternative Titles for the Iliad

1-Hello Naughty Trojans it’s Murder Time

2-100 Times a Therapist was Needed

3-This War Really Wasn’t Worth it

4-Fight Club but it’s just Achilles

5-Patroclus Didn’t Deserve this

6-Things Historians Pretend isn’t Gay

7-Nothing Means Anything we’re all Going to Die

8-Hector Gets his Ass Handed to Him

9-There is no Heterosexual Explanation for This

10-Fuck it up, Achilles

11-Someone is Responsible for this but not Helen

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


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.

The Song of Achilles - Fic Challenge

Hello lovelies, I thought I would borrow the idea and complete a The Song of Achilles/The Iliad fic challenge. Hope you all like my suggestions…

1.What is the last fic that you read that you liked?

as I see it now by bygoneby a modern road trip au!

And the last canon fic that I really enjoyed was  Carry My Strength by fandomlimb a smutty, cute fic with Patroclus & Achilles before they go to war. 

2. What was the first fic that you remember reading?

That would be The Good Soul by scarlett_the_seachild it’s quite long but the fic gives a lovely detailed (fictionalised) account of Achilles’ and Patroclus’ time in Pthia and how their relationship developed from enemies-friends-lovers!

3. What are your three of your favourite chaptered fics?

The Good Soul by scarlett_the_seachild

Lux Aeterna by Ramonaflowersz

The Trials of being a Halfblood by Team_Alpha_Wolf_Squadron

4. What are your three of your favourite oneshots? 

The Torment of Achilles  by sunnyday30

To Be Loved By Him by faerierequiem

Recognition by captainskellington

5. A fic that would make a really good film?

I think Lux Aeterna  would make a really good film. This is because there’s a mystery to be solved, it’s a reincarnation au so you could have Patrochilles in Ancient Greece as well as the present day and you’re rewarded with some cute boys falling in love!

6. What fic do you think is severely under appreciated?

I think The Song of Achilles as a fandom is severely under appreciated! But I’d say one fic that I don’t think is getting enough love is:

A Good Life by Rainbow_Femme Patroclus is transgender and Achilles has prosthetic limbs. It’s a modern au from them meeting to after they’ve been married a while with lots of fluff.

7. What is the funniest sentence you have ever read in a fic?

“Cherry chapstick, nice. Next time, don’t practice kissing on my boyfriend. Thanks.“ 

From the entertaining Untitled by C_mira.

8. Sentence that broke your heart? 

‘Friend? You would come into my tent to belittle him so greatly? He was no mere friend, he was philtatos.’ … ‘Patroclus was half my soul, the very best of men and most beloved of my heart as you well know!’

From The Torment of Achilles by sunyday30

9. Is there a prompt you have?

@jibblyart created this lovely fan art:

I’d like a fic inspired by it where Achilles, Patroclus and Brisies are all at University. Brisies decides to take Patroclus to this fashion show and introduces him to Achilles. Patroclus then finds out Achilles is also a major in a science like him, but much more into extra curricular activities and they proceed to bond and fall in love!

10. Favourite piece of fanart inspired by the fandom? 

I really like this piece by @antodraws because I think it reflects the image I have of Achilles in my head:

Or this by @menoitides because i’m all here for beautiful ancient greek boyfriends:

Hope everyone has fun! x I Tag: @rainbow-femme , @achilltatos , @songs-of-patchilles , @100goldenurns , @queermythsandlegends, @menoitides and @crownkillers, and anyone else that wants to do the challenge!

i had a dream that i was screaming,
screaming louder, louder, louder,
it could have been a hushed whisper,
everyone ignored me, refused to listen
even as they were being slaughtered,
blood staining their clothes,
dripping into a lake of my nightmares,
footsteps rapid as i rushed for athena’s aid,
my painful prayers only answered in tears,
enemies swarm in - flies to a rotting corpse,
their hands around my neck,
unwanted touches upon my skin,
because i am cursed and nobody believes,
(they say the gods sided with us. they do not grieve us.)
he drags me away like a sacrifice for his glory,
ruined and bruised and agonised; 
screaming louder, louder, louder.
my burning city will once again rise.

cassandra, the girl who once made a goddess cry. 


I love the fact that back in ancient times, Helen of Troy caused a thousand ships to be launched cause she was pretty.
But in modern times, books, TV shows and movies have launched a million ships.
They are more beautiful than Helen of Troy.

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!)