domestic wheels

anonymous asked:

do u know any good supercorp fan fics

do i ever (these aren’t in any particular order, but they are all complete. i’ve got a whole separate rec list for wip fics if you want it)

  • Oblivious: kara danvers getting jealous of herself for getting to make out with lena is so relatable (lena dates supergirl to make kara jealous)
  • heroism is a full time job: who doesnt want to live with lena honestly??? (protective custody au)
  • the way we mend: domestic! incredible! im gonna cry! (fluff! fluff! fluff!)
  • exception: do u need some musings about love in your life? well ive got just the fic for u! (romance! romance! fluff!)
  • i’ll be there for you (in your darkest nights): fix-it fics have fixed my soul (fix-it fic)
  • I Always Want You: this made me ascend into another plane where everything is okay and life is Good and Nice and Gay (harry potter au)
  • inevitable: i cant believe kara just failed at inventing lying. i cant believe im kara (supergirl reveal fic)
  • when all is shaken: im the one shaken after this fic wow (hurt/comfort)
  • Something to Write About: this is most definitely something to write about (kinda social media au?)
  • Sunlit Honey and Lavender Sunsets: catch me screaming about this fic forever! oh my god! i love jess! i love this fic! aaah! (jess-centric fic!!!)
  • (Super)Man’s Best Friend: im the dog that kara just straight up randomly gives lena (dog fic!!)
  • such unruly heads and hearts: so um i lied this is the one wip on this list because honestly it Changed Me and literally invented the concept of love (harry potter au)
  • negotiations and commands: ever imagined what life would be like if we had gotten krypto in that pod? now u dont have to just imagine it (dog fic!!)
  • Her Brother’s Keeper: i literally cried more than five times while reading this. holy shit. im thinking about it and crying again (angst and fluff and Wow)
  • Did we do that?: theyre so cute! i cant handle it!! theyre s o c u t e!!!! (domestic)
  • no more ferris wheels: i hate ferris wheels too but i love this fic!! (strangers go to a carnival au)
  • Drunk Puppy: i also talk about lena’s eyes when im drunk so this fic really speaks to me (kara appears at lena’s office drunk)
  • For as Long as You’ll Let Me: i cant believe kara just invented support and comfort (hurt/comfort)
  • somewhere i have never travelled: this fic travelled straight into my heart and saved my life from canon supergirl (character study/au)
  • Don’t Let Her Go: protective cat grant? And supercorp? u better believe it!!! (love and cat grant that’s all i need to say)
  • Puppy Love: this fic? cured my depression, made me love dogs even more than i already do, watered my crops,, (dog fic!!!)
  • sun is gonna shine above: ive said this multiple times now but this fic also made me cry several times. and yes i cry a lot but seriously!! this fic!! is so good!! (supercorp with kids au!!)
  • Almost.: fun fact! lena luthor is a nerd who thinks about kissing kara 24/7 i cant believe this is canon (romance romance romance)
  • The Enchanted Florist: its so gay and so touching and i cried reading this one too (lena goes to a flower shop)
  • pain: look i know im ending a fic rec list with a fic named pain but i swear itll only pain u with how good it is (soulmate au)
Extraordinary (Spencer Reid x Reader) tbh, just read it from the link

http://archiveofourown.org/works/10747839

Dr. Spencer Reid was a certifiable genius with an IQ of 187, but genius, he thought, couldn’t be measured by any test, defined by any number. In his eyes, all men (umbrella term) were extraordinary in their own right, whether they were a nigh-miraculous neurosurgeon or a heaven-sent pastry baker, a highly-skilled combatant or a parent with the best lullabies. The BAU was filled with incredible people that he would qualify as genius, and the extraordinariness of presumably ordinary people never ceased to amaze him.

That having been said, his favorite place to witness everyday genius was not at HQ, but in the courtroom.

To watch the passion for the law exhibited by the participants in court, the eloquence with which argument and counterargument were shot across the room like so many arrows was entrancing to Dr. Reid like nothing else. An honest, intense trial was more entertaining than the finest play or action-packed film– and today’s trial?

Oh, it was a field day.

“My client,” the prosecuting attorney quipped, leaning forward aggressively. “Has sat before this court twice before, and you did nothing. An indecision, you say. You sit, jury, and you deliberate, you ponder, you ask amongst yourselves, ‘Is he guilty?’ Every one of you knows in your heart that he is not innocent, but you ask, ‘Is he guilty?’ Before you, my client Anna Marie Bell has shown you the hand-shaped bruises on her neck, and her husband and abuser’s hands seated before you have fit the marks. She has given to you the recordings in her home of his voice, his threats, his abuse. You have seen the x-rays of her cracked ribs, you have seen her suffering, watched her hobble into this room for two days. You, the people, have the power to prevent this man from harming anyone in such a way ever again, and you refuse to use it. I have presented all the evidence to you that I can, shown in all truthfulness the foul deeds done by this man to his wife, and still, you ponder. I have naught left to say– my client would have me be silent, and let that silence speak its volumes.”

“That’s one hell of a speech to tell everyone she was gonna shut up,” Rossi commented dryly.

“It’s an art,” Reid smiled in awe. “She’s playing the jury like a fiddle. Watch how she looks at them. She’s maintaining steady eye contact, never glossing over a single person. She’s unnerving them, one by one. A true professional, her voice retains its emotion while her face stays almost neutral. She’s aware of the biases against her sex and she’s playing around every single one. You see, now she has created such an atmosphere as to–”

“Reid.” Morgan made the universal ‘cut it out’ signal with his hand across his throat, and Reid, slightly abashed, swallowed hard and looked away.

So he got a little excited at times. Go figure.

Really and truly, he would have attended by himself if the rest of the BAU hadn’t insisted– after all, he did live in the apartment next to the domestic abuse case. In fact, he had been the one to call and report to the authorities about it when it first began… Not that it did any good. Mrs. Bell refused to press charges the first five times she escaped to a women’s shelter. This time being the sixth, her husband nearly killed her, and she decided that maybe battery charges and a divorce might be in order. Reid, ever the helpful neighbor, had recommended this very attorney, as he did with so many others– (f/n) (l/n) was hell on wheels with domestic abuse cases.

Upon first seeing her, (y/n) wasn’t one to catch the eye. She wasn’t plain by any means, but she refrained from drawing any sort of attention– almost like the hardly-ever noticed masterpieces hanging on coffee shop walls. Often, Spencer saw her walking to work in the early morning with coffee in hand, and walking home in the late evening with some files; even with the backdrop of a sunrise or moonlight, she seemed ordinary still. Not unpleasant, not overly pleasant– just existing. But here in her element, her voice became sweet as a psalm, raising hairs on arms, and her face lit up with angelic radiance– she became extraordinary. In her passion, she became beautiful, in her victory she became graceful– a vision, truly.

The defending attorney was sweating bullets, knowing his client was being used to mop the floor.

It was a few hours more until the jury were finally able to reach a decision– the defendant was declared guilty and sentenced to jail time. Spencer could see from where he stood that there was a small smile playing on (y/n)’s lips as she lightly embraced her client, and the moment made the air all the sweeter. Even as he was leaving, Reid felt his heart swell with pride; (y/n) may not have known him, but he felt somewhat like a proud parent, having watched her work for so long.

(It wasn’t stalkerish at all, really it wasn’t.)

Just before Reid and the rest of the team were approaching the exit, a familiar tune caught the doctor’s ear, and when he turned to look, none other than (y/n) was standing near him, gazing up at a painting of Lady Justice, humming in thought.

Reid walked up beside her to get a closer look at the painting, and then he heard enough of what she was half-humming half-singing to recognize what it was.

Dies irae, dies illa.

How ironic, Reid thought.

“Day of Wrath,” he mused aloud, quite forgetting himself for a moment as he looked at Lady Justice. “Odd. We are in the judgement place of man, not that of God, and yet, ineffably, it fits. Perhaps in this case, Lady Justice is the almighty, and her wrath is in her judgement.”

Reid felt more than saw (y/n) look up at him, and he turned to look at her as well, feeling all of the sudden an intruder.

“I’m sorry, were you talking about my humming?” she asked, smiling hesitantly.

“Yes– pardon if I intruded.” He extended a hand. “I’m Dr. Spencer Reid, with the Behavior Analysis Unit of the FBI. And before you ask, yes, I’m a holder of exactly three PhDs at the age of 27. I also have an IQ of 187. Not to brag– I hate labels, but they seem to make the world go round.”

“Well, I certainly feel under titled,” she laughed as she shook his hand. “I’m (f/n) (l/n), attorney at law.”

I know, Reid wanted to say, but instead, he smiled. “You were incredible back there with the Bell case.”

“Thank you,” she beamed. “I do my best. It’s really difficult when– when what you do, what you say, can determine someone’s future.”

There’s something she was going to tell me, Reid noticed, watching her look away. But she stopped herself.

“I can only imagine. Excuse me if it’s rude to ask, but may I have your business card? You probably know that the Bureau has a firm for job-related cases, but–”

“Sure thing, sure thing.” (Y/n) grinned, handing him a card. “Feel free to advertise for me.”

Reid chuckled at the joke. “Only for a small fee.”

“Reid, are we done here?” Rossi asked from across the room. “Morgan’s hangry.”

“I’m not hangry, I swear to God…”

(Y/n) laughed, her (e/c) eyes sparkling like the heavens. “You might want to go. It was nice meeting you, Dr. Reid.”

“Call me Spencer,” he smiled. “It was nice to meet you as well, though meeting you a second time would be twice so, wouldn’t you say?”

(Y/n) only blushed, nodding as Spencer turned away to rejoin his friends.

“Was that what I think it was?” Garcia asked Morgan not-so-subtly.

“I– you know what, I think so.”

Reid paid it no mind. He was too busy letting his mind wander to places others could not follow, too busy getting lost in a world of analytical thought that was his and his alone.


***


Let’s see, what’s for supper…. Ah, yes, ramen with a side of ramen.

(Y/n) couldn’t remember the last time she had anything else besides ramen and takeout– when you live alone, she had found, home cooked meals were too expensive and time-consuming.

I should go out, try to go for something more healthy, she thought as she looked at her stomach. Then she looked at her desk and decided against doing anything but case research.

Late nights and early mornings had been the story of her life since law school, but (y/n) found herself growing weary of them. Lack of sleep made the bags beneath her eyes even darker and deeper than they were naturally, and she found herself growing less able to hold her concentration on days where she functioned off of two hours of sleep. Those days were too many… But she didn’t know any other way to get everything done. Work, exercise, reading, writing, volunteer work, hanging out with friends– her to-do list stretched out for a mile, and yet even when she completed every task set before her, she was still yet criticized. Why don’t you have a boyfriend? her friends would ask. You don’t hang out with us enough. Why can’t you just chill for once? You’re too serious.

(Y/n) sighed.

Fuck it, I want a movie night.

And, as with every nice thing (y/n) attempted to do, movie night fell apart like a house of cards in a tornado.

Every movie she chose had something she hated– basic tropes, dry plots, problematic themes, and/or actors that reminded her of exes. Frustrated, she just ate her ramen in silence, glaring at her blank T.V. screen as though it had personally offended her. Yeah, that lasted only about five minutes, the eerie silence.making her ears ring. (Y/n) thought she might scream if the air didn’t fill with something for her mind to focus on, so she flipped on the T.V. and started channel surfing.

Mainstream bullshit, she thought bitterly, watching as five different shows with the same basic plot flitted before her eyes. No creativity anymore, just sex, drugs, and murder.

Nothing was exciting to (y/n) anymore, real life included. The most eventful thing that had happened all week was meeting a guy with an IQ of 187, and even that was a total bust. She was usually a masterful conversationalist, but when she met his eyes, she couldn’t think of a single thing to say. She should have been more friendly, if not outright flirted– he was a beautiful man if she did say so herself, and he would be well worth any interest she’d shown.

That’s it, (y/n) though, slamming down her remote. I’m going clubbing next weekend. I’ll stagnate here if I don’t.

With all haste, she phoned a friend and made plans– surely, nothing could go too terribly wrong.


***


“So, what this chalks up to is a sexual sadist, and the victims include white males with brown eyes, all taller than 5’5,” Aaron Hotchner informed the local PD. “Every victim found has been left in the same ten-mile radius, with the same signs of sexual assault in the form of anal rape. We have here an approximation of his features, and we hope to…”

It was all the usual speech. Reid could nearly quote it before Hotchner could say it– it was the same basic framework with the specific details of the case thrown into place. It was a simple method of communication, but effective– everyone always got the point that Hotch very clearly presented, and if they didn’t, they damn well acted like they did.

Reid wished he had that commanding demeanor sometimes– he almost never got to finish a sentence without some sort of interjected criticism.

“Reid, Morgan, I want you two to go out to the club that three of the five victims had been taken from and ask if the employees have seen our unsub. I don’t want this botched. You got me?”

Reid and Morgan made eye contact and nodded together. This wasn’t their first team-up with similar tasks.

“So, clubbing tonight,” Morgan joked as they walked out into the parking lot. “Maybe you’ll meet up with that pretty little lawyer you got your eye on.”

“Oh no, I don’t have my eye on any–”

“Spencer. You literally work in the BAU. We all know you had a thing, platonic or not, for her,” Morgan laughed. “I’m willing to bet she’ll give you a run for your money, though. Seems a real spitfire.”

Would that I could know, Reid thought, but kept it to himself.


***


“I really don’t like this club,” (y/n) said as she navigated the crowd with her friend. “I thought you said this place didn’t have shitty music.”

“All clubs have shitty music,” her friend huffed. “If I hadn’t said it, you wouldn’t have come.”

Well, that was true enough.

“I’m going to go get a drink. You don’t have to come with,” she told her friend, holding back a sigh.

As (y/n) approached the bar, her brain was hard at work trying to create a good excuse to leave. As she ordered a drink, she noticed a familiar form sitting on one of the stools and chatting, but it wasn’t until the person turned that she recognized him.

“Dr. Spencer Reid,” she greeted him when he saw her. “How small the world is!”
“Actually, in comparison to other planets–”
The guy Dr. Reid was with elbowed him, which was almost funny until (y/n) saw how quickly his smile fell into a frown of embarrassment.

“Ah, what I meant to say is, uh, hi, I guess.”

(Y/n) smiled warmly. How cute, she thought. “How have you been, Dr. Reid? I’m assuming nothing is too bad since you’re obviously here to have a little fun.”

“I told you, call me Spencer.” His smile could power a small European country for a week with its wattage. “And as to why I’m here… I’m actually on the job. Have you seen a man that looks like this?”

Spencer held out a sketch to her, and as if by miracle, the moment (y/n) looked up she saw a carbon copy standing almost directly behind Spencer and his friend.

“Yes,” she replied slowly, emphatically, tilting her head and pointing behind them with her eyes. Immediately, Spencer seemed to understand, hastily putting away the sketch.

“I see.” Spencer’s eyes changed immediately before her, becoming sharp and severe. He leaned in, lowering his voice significantly. “If you can without drawing attention, I want you to leave as quickly as possible with your friends. Do you understand?”

(Y/n) nodded. She understood alright.
Just because she understood didn’t mean that she was going to do it, though. (Y/n) wasn’t one to play the hero, but she knew that observation was a powerful thing, and who better to watch from the sidelines than someone who knew exactly what to look for?


***


As Reid watched (y/n) walk away, Morgan stood, smoothing down his jacket. It was clear that the agent was about to say something when Reid felt a tap on his shoulder, and when he turned to look, he came face-to-face with a man matching every description of the unsub.

“Hey,” the man said, smiling widely. “I haven’t seen you around here before.”

“Uh, I actually don’t frequent clubs at all– not really my scene. I came today looking for something though… Something I don’t intend to go home without.” Reid used the most seductive voice he could manage, using all the proper body language to indicate that he was interested.

Lying with his body was so much harder than lying with his words…

“Oh really?” the man purred, backing him against the bar. “What do you say we dance?”

This couldn’t have turned out better if we’d planned it, Reid thought as he followed the man to the dancefloor. Reid fit the victimology perfectly– it only made sense that the unsub would target him. Now they had the guy in their clutches– Reid could see Morgan following them, no doubt already phoning Hotch. If they caught this guy now, it would be an accidental miracle… and if it took Reid figuring out how to grind and getting groped a little, well, it was all for the team.

This was turning into a lovely evening, truly.


***


(Y/n) was confused as to why Spencer was dancing– very vulgarly, she might add– with a man until she saw the man’s face.
The unsub, she realized. But where is Spencer’s partner?

That answer came quickly. The other guy was evidently trying to follow Spencer and the unsub, but (y/n) saw that he was being restrained by three men, who had also gagged him.

Why is no one seeing this but me? (Y/n) wondered, but now was not the time for thought, but action. She watched warily, gripping the cocked gun in her purse, not daring even to breathe when she saw Spencer stiffen. She moved to find a better angle, and then she saw it– a knife glistened in the unsub’s hand, almost pretty as it reflected the strobe lights. (Y/n) knew it was now or never, and she dropped her purse, revealing her glock. Swiftly, she followed them as the unsub moved towards the exit with his captive, and (y/n) wondered once more why she was the only one that saw this.

As soon as she reached the pair, she grabbed the shoulder of the unsub that was gripping Spencer’s arm and put the nose of her gun right in the crease of the man’s ass so that he could feel exactly what kind of danger he was in.

“You move one more muscle and I swear to God I will clean your colon out quicker than the volcano burrito from the new taco place down the street,” she hissed into the man’s ear. “Drop the knife.”

The moment the knife hit the floor, Spencer whirled around and uppercut the unsub, and by then,Morgan had managed to free himself, and was rushing over to make the arrest. Chaos unfolded around them, but (y/n) felt oddly at peace.

“You saved my life.”

(Y/n) turned to see Spencer standing there, staring at her in wonder. “I told you to leave, not to play the hero, but if you hadn’t, I would have been on another missing persons poster.”

“I really can’t take any credit for anything–”
“Good, because that will make the paperwork on this easier if that’s really the case,” a deep, serious voice interjected, and (y/n) turned to see a tall, intimidating, dark-haired man approaching them. “Reid, she’ll ride back to the station for questioning with you.”

“Of course,” Spencer teetered nervously.

If everyone working for the feds is that intimidating, I’m never going to watch another bootlegged movie as long as I live, (y/n) thought as she followed Spencer out of the club.


***


When Reid finally made his way home, his day had come to a rather satisfying end. He had closed a case, escaped a kidnappings, and scheduled a date all in the span of three hours– if that wasn’t just incredible, Reid didn’t know what was.

“Let me buy you dinner tomorrow,” he’d said to (y/n) on the ride back to the station. “It’s the least I can do.”

Oh, the way her eyes had shone at that. “Only if you surprise me with where.”

Reid grinned just recalling it. He couldn’t remember a time when he was more excited to get to know someone. As a behavior analyst, Reid found humans fascinatingly deep and complex in general, but (y/n) in particular piqued his interest. The more he discovered about her, the more he wanted to know, and he felt almost too attached for so short an acquaintance, but that was just the standards of normality talking. Since when did he care about anything like that? There were too many things to learn, too many friends to make, too many people to love to worry about what anyone else thought, or what was ‘normal’. Spencer lived and loved at breakneck pace, and there wasn’t a better way to go in his eyes.

So gather ye rosebuds while ye may, he thought, remembering a poem he’d read some time ago. Old Time is still a-flying, and this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying. Robert Herrick.

***


“I do hope you meant it when you said you wanted to be surprised,” Spencer commented amiably as he drove. “Not many people know about this place, but it’s one of my favorite places to go.”

(Y/n) laughed, trying to cover her nerves. “Of course I meant it. I trust your tastes more than my own.”

What I meant to say is that I have lived off of red bull and social justice since law school and I forgot how to otherwise sustain myself, (y/n) thought, cringing internally.

“Huh. That’s interesting. Statistically speaking, most women have very little trust in men’s taste in food… and pretty much everything else,” he chuckled.

(Y/n) wanted to make a good-natured comment about how she was usually the outlier in statistics, but stopped herself when she realized that wasn’t so true. Instead, she changed the subject.

“So, where did you grow up? You accent doesn’t say Virginia.”

“Nevada,” Spencer replied easily. “Las Vegas, Nevada is my hometown.”

“No way,” (y/n) laughed, raising her brows. “So I take it you’re a demon in a sweater vest at cards.”

“I’m not going to try for modesty, as in most cases it reflects negatively on the person that attempts to downplay their strengths, so thank you for that kind assumption that, if correct, would prove a compliment. Which, it was correct. So thanks.” Spencer smiled cutely, sparing her a glance, looking away from the road for a second so she saw the brightness of his eyes.

Holy shit, (y/n) thought, a little lightheaded. I would let him tie me up and whip me if he talked like that the whole time he did it.

“You’re welcome,” she replied happily, admiring the way Spencer drove, his long, elegant fingers lightly gripping the steering wheel. “This may be too soon in an acquaintance to ask this, but are you in any, uh, fandoms?”

“Fandoms?”

Could it be that Dr. Spencer Reid, certified genius and FBI agent, didn’t know what fandoms were?

“Like, do you read any book series, watch any T.V. show, anything like that and really, really like it?”

“Do philosophy books count?”

(Y/n) went to laugh, but she saw that he was serious. “You seriously don’t read or watch fantasy anything? Or like, anything purely for entertainment?”

“No…” Spencer took his eyes off the road for a second to look at her. “I mean, should I?”
“Well, I mean, you don’t have to. Just because stuff like Game of Thrones and DC comics have taken over my life doesn’t mean you can’t be obsession-free,” (y/n) laughed. “I was just wondering.”

“What are your fandoms, then?” he asked with a smile. “I’d like to know what interests you.”

Aw, isn’t that cute? He’s definitely new here. “I have too many to count, but right now Game of Thrones is my favorite. Well, technically A Song of Ice and Fire, the books, not the show.”

“What’s it about?”

(Y/n) inhaled deeply, ready to go on a total fangirl rant, but she stopped herself. “I’m not so sure you’d be interested, and if you get me started, I might never stop.”

“We have all day. Or, well, I do, I just assumed you did.”

“You really don’t mind?” (Y/n) hoped she didn’t sound too hopeful, too desperate, but somehow that probably wasn’t the case.

“Yes,” Spencer chuckled. “I’m sure.”

“So, it all starts with the Starks and snowballs from there…”


***


“… and that’s why Tyrion Lannister deserves all the love in the world.”

As Reid listened to (y/n) and ate his sushi, he couldn’t be more content.

This little place, a library-restaurant called Niche, was his favorite place to go to unwind– it was his personal sanctuary, his safe haven for when he wanted to be left alone with the smell of old books. There were little corners all over the restaurant where books were stacked on shelves built into the walls and cushions were on the ground for customers to sit at the short tables– soft, incandescent lighting made the place feel extra homey. Reid always sat at the same corner by himself, eating the same meal every time, so it was understandable that when he walked in with a lovely lady at his side, all the familiar employees turned their heads. Despite all the unwanted attention, Reid was glad he’d shown (y/n) this place. She seemed to love it as much as he did, and he couldn’t think of a better place to witness (y/n)’s excitement than this familiar, semi-private, almost-home.

“The complexity of the plot is extraordinary without a doubt,” he smiled. “I’ll have to read the series so that I can discuss it with you.”

“They’re a handful, those books. You’ll be carrying them around for a while– I’m a decently fast reader and it took me three months,” (y/n) smiled ruefully.

“Oh, it won’t take me long. I read 20,000 words a minute,” Reid replied with a proud little smile.

(Y/n) went a little pale at that, but soon shook off the shock. “Well then. It might take you a week.”

Reid grinned, and not for the first time that evening, he noticed a nasty scar near (y/n)’s temple, making his pleasant expression melt into a mix of concern and curiosity.

I probably shouldn’t ask….

Ah hell. Whatever.

“I-I don’t mean to pry, and if it’s too personal, then you don’t have to answer, but… Where did that scar come from?”

Immediately, (y/n)’s hand shot up to her temple, and he just knew whatever she was about to say wasn’t a good story at all. “T-This one?”

“Yeah, that one. If you don’t want to talk about it–”

“No, no, it’s fine,” she smiled wryly. “I’ll tell this in narrative form, if you’d like. I find it less difficult to talk about it if I build up to it.”

Reid nodded, understanding. “Of course.”
“I met my ex-fiancé at a concert hall in South Carolina. He was the principal violinist for the orchestra he played in, with an IQ of 143. I guess you could say I have a thing for genius,” she chuckled, but it was hollow. “We hit it off instantly, and we dated for four years. I thought he was the one, and when he proposed, I was the happiest I had ever been.”

The melancholy wistfulness in (y/n)’s voice and her bittersweet smile was enough to crack Reid’s heart, and he began to regret asking about the scar– he didn’t think he really wanted to know anymore.

“A few weeks before the wedding, he wanted to have sex…and I didn’t. I was, well, am, still a virgin, and I really didn’t want to have sex with him until after the wedding, especially since we had waited that.long, y’know? He didn’t want to take no for an answer, and things got a little dicey. He’d hit me once or twice before, always apologizing profusely afterwards, so I knew what he could do, but this time when I resisted, my head was slammed against our glass coffee table hard enough for the glass to shatter. After my hospital visit, I ended it. He’s in prison now, but not on account of me. He killed the girl after me, and is now doing the time.”

That was what she didn’t tell me that day at court, Reid realized. She empathized with being the victim of domestic abuse.

“I’m truly, deeply sorry. I don't… I can’t imagine.” Reid reached over to grab her hand. “Any man that would treat you that way isn’t any man at all, but a monster. Well, treat anyone that way, but especially someone like you.”

Someone this sweet, this enthusiastic, this alive… How could anyone raise a hand against someone like that?

“Thank you for saying that, but I’m not special.” (Y/n)’s face was contorted into a frown. “I was ignorant, blind, and naïve. I let him do what he did– I told myself all my life that I wouldn’t be like my mother, that the moment a man hit me, I would leave… So why couldn’t I do it?”

Reid watched (y/n) clench her fist, and it felt like she was squeezing his heart instead of empty air.

“No, no, self-blaming is incredibly unhealthy, it can lead to–”

Reid stopped himself. Now was probably not the time…

“Thank you, Reid,” she smiled sadly, squeezing the hand that he still had on hers. “You don’t have to stop your info-dump on my account– I’ve caught you at stopping yourself a lot, but I’d rather you didn’t. What you have to say is important, and I value it.”
If that didn’t touch Reid’s heart, nothing ever would. “I-I don’t know what to say…”
“Then you don’t have to say anything.”
What did I ever do to meet someone like this?
“I want to do this again,” he blurted. “Often. Weekly. I know it’s probably too soon to say that, but–”
“Spencer, nothing would make me happier.”
The statement was genuine, as was Reid’s smile afterwards. In fact, he didn’t– couldn’t– stop smiling. Not even when paying the bill, not even when he went to sleep that night, did he recall that smile leaving his face.
It was safe to say that Dr. Spencer Reid had found a new confidante with whom to share his world.


***


“You know, I thought it was funny that no one at the club helped out that night,” (y/n) replied through a mouthful of steak. “So you’re saying that the owners of the club could possibly have been accomplices?”
“In theory, yes, though proving that would be extremely difficult,” Spencer sighed as he repositioned his long, lanky legs beneath himself. “You know how it works– we can prove them not-innocent, but there is simply not enough evidence to prove them guilty.”
“Law is a bitch sometimes,” (y/n) yawned, thinking back to her law school days. “Impartial, fair, but a pain in the ass.”
“I suppose everything has its faults,” Spencer chuckled. “Even such a thing as law.”
“Y’know, being a lawyer isn’t as fun as I thought it was gonna be,” (y/n) grinned. “The movies never show the paperwork.”
“Neither is being an FBI agent,” Spencer agreed. “Hollywood screwed us all over.”
“Hey, speaking of Hollywood, do you want to hang at my place after we get done eating and watch some Game of Thrones? I know you’ve read the books now, but I think you’ll enjoy the show just as well.”
This was a big step, (y/n) knew– even though she and Spencer had been seeing each other at least once every week for the past two months, they hadn’t really talked about whether or not they were dating, and they really hadn’t made anything exclusive. They hadn’t even gone so far as to just hang out at home together– they always caught a meal or something else equally public.
Spencer nodded enthusiastically. “Yeah, sure thing. I really did enjoy the books. Was the show well-made?”
“The casting was amazing, and the plot stays mostly the same, excepting a few details.”
“Great,” he smiled, making (y/n)’s stomach flip. “I wanted to have a discussion with you in any case, but I wanted to do so somewhere more…private.”
(Y/n) nodded, smiling and willing away her nerves. “Cool. That works out perfect, then.”
OhmyGodohmyGodohmyGodohmyGodohmyGod what is he gonna say, what did I do, what have I gotten myself into….


***


Reid walked into (y/n)’s apartment and immediately felt at home. It was a clean, quaint little place with subtle, individual touches that reminded him of its owner. Along the white walls were remakes of classic paintings, as decor around the room, there were various hints at fandoms– the Hogwarts House coasters, the Stark direwolf stitched onto a couch pillow, just to name a few. It was incredibly, uniquely (y/n)…but it was too empty. It hardly looked lived-in.
“In case you didn’t know, I live alone,” (y/n) smiled, plopping down on the couch. “It’s nice sometimes… Scary other times. Make yourself at home– what’s mine is yours.”
Reid nodded, taking a seat beside her. “I like this place. It’s very you.”
(Y/n) shrugged, smiling meekly. “Well, it’s home. You can kick off your shoes. And socks. And, you know what, whatever else you want. I’m actually gonna change into something more.comfy, if you don’t mind.”
“I don’t mind at all.” Reid felt his heart thump nervously in his chest. “When you get back, we can discuss what I was wanting to talk about earlier.”
“Sure thing! Be right back.”
Okay, Spence, you got this. You’re a genius. You can communicate your feelings without it giving you a literal panic attack.
In light of that, Reid really wasn’t sure why that task seemed so daunting right now.
When (y/n) reentered the room, she was wearing a baggy T-shirt that read “No, you’re right, let’s do this the dumbest way possible because it’s easy for you,” and sweatpants with “Spoiled” written across the ass. By all standards, that ensemble should have been slightly deterring, but Reid only.found it cute and endearing.
“So we’ve been hanging out a lot,” Spencer began slowly as (y/n) sat down close beside him on the couch. “And the more we interact, the more.fond of you I grow. Studies show that these feelings are usually mutual since the chemistry between two people (those people in this case being us) happens because of two individual yet similar chemical makeups adjusting to one another to become nearly identical, thus causing the relationship between the two people to become almost perfectly harmonious, but since there is no way to guarantee that those feelings are in fact mutual, I feel inclined to ask you whether or not you would object to being my girlfriend. Exclusively.”
(Y/n) blinked. “Spencer Reid, I don’t know what in the world you just said, but if I say yes then are you my boyfriend?”
Reid grinned. “Yes, that’s the gist of it.”
“Then sign me up,” she laughed, scooting a little closer. “Just for the record here, Spencer, I adore you.”
Reid full-on laughed at that, watching (y/n) look at him with eager, shining eyes. There was a funny feeling in his chest, almost an aching fondness, and he never wanted to lose that moment.
“Can I, uh, put my arm around–”
“Here.” (Y/n) curled up into his side, and Reid put his arm around her. “Better?”
“Much.” In all honesty, Reid had never been one for physical affection, but he felt as though physical support was something they both needed, and he found, much to his delight, that feeling (y/n) breathe against him as she started the show was rather pleasant and grounding.
About halfway through the second episode, (y/n) was fast asleep, her head in Reid’s lap. She wore the most content smile he had ever seen on her, and Reid let himself relax as he felt her light breathing.


***


When (y/n) woke, she was snuggled up in her bed with no memories of how she got there. Groggily, she sat up rubbing her eyes, feeling almost hungover from too much sleep.
When did Spencer even leave last night? she wondered as she yawned. I must have passed out…
She then noticed a note left on her nightstand, which she swiftly read, smiling lightly.
I hated to leave so early, it read in scrawling print, but I have work today and I fell asleep with you on your couch, so I needed to get home to shower and dress. I had a great time last night, and by the way– Jon Snow isn’t Eddard’s son, is he? I’m betting that he’s Ned’s sister’s child, but by whom I am still uncertain. Text me and let me know if I’m correct.
Your loving boyfriend,
SR
(Y/n) felt her stomach fill with butterflies, and her smile widened almost impossibly wider.
I have a boyfriend, she giggled to herself. A hot, amazing, genius boyfriend!
(Y/n)’s heart felt full to bursting. She couldn’t remember a time when she was this happy, this carefree, this… in love. She hoped she made Spencer as happy as he made her, because this feeling was everything she had always wanted.


***


“Reid, are you coming with us for steak tonight?” Morgan asked across the office. “It’s on Rossi.”
“Uh, no thank you,” Reid replied with a small smile. “I already have plans.”
“Okay, spill, how long has it been official, and why haven’t you officially introduced her to the team?” Morgan asked with a smirk. “Don’t even try to hide it.”
Reid turned what he knew was an unflattering shade of red. “Y-you met that night at the club!” he defended himself, scooting back in his rolling chair. “And for your information, it’s been official for exactly four months, six days, and approximately 12 hours, but we’ve been seeing each other six months in total.”
Morgan shook his head with a grin. “Has she met your mother yet?”
“Two weeks ago– I think she and my mom love each other more than they love me,” Reid laughed.
“So, have you, y'know… Sealed the deal?” Morgan raised his brows expectantly.
“I’m sorry, I don’t follow.” Reid frowned in confusion. Surely he isn’t asking if I’ve proposed to her…
“Y’know, jammed the ham, cooked the beef?”
“I still don’t understand.”
“For chrissakes, Reid, have you slept together?” Morgan sighed, both entertained and exasperated.
“I sleep over sometimes, if that’s what you mean. We haven’t– I mean, there’s nothing sexual going on, if that’s what you’re asking.” If it was possible, Reid turned even more red.
“Okay, okay, I was just wondering.” Morgan’s smile suggested otherwise.
“Hey, are you mocking me?” Reid demanded as Morgan stood with a chuckle. “I don’t understand– why are you laughing? Morgan!”
“Don’t sweat it, pretty boy,” Morgan laughed. “I’m just laughing because I can.”
Somehow, Reid didn’t think that was the case.


***


“I love you, Spencer Reid, but if you don’t release my chopsticks right this instant, I swear I’ll put Nair in your shampoo the next time I’m at your place!” (Y/n) half threatened, half giggled.
“Oh really?” he teased her, holding them higher. “That’s quite a threat considering that we’re at your’s right now. Besides, you don’t sound very threatening.”
Soon, (y/n)’s chopsticks were back in her possession, and they finished their meal with light conversation. Afterwards, they just lazed about, all tangled up on the couch, and once again, (y/n) felt marvelously whole. She leaned to kiss Spencer and he complied, their mouths melting into one another. Languidly, his tongue explored her mouth as his hands made their way to her waist, and fire burned low in (y/n)’s belly as he pulled her closer.
“(Y/n),” he breathed as they pulled away for air. “I understand that there is no set standard for when sexual intimacy between a couple should happen, and I respect whatever boundaries that you have, but at whatever point at which you would wish to engage in such activity, I’m ever at the ready.”
(Y/n) held back her laughter as best she could, her sparkling (e/c) eyes meeting his sincere brown ones. “Is that your way of asking me if I want to.have sex with you?”
“Well, I– yes, I suppose.” Spencer looked like he wanted to fidget, but his hands were otherwise occupied at the moment.
(Y/n) smiled. “I think I’m ready to make that commitment with you. Let’s go to my room.”
Once Spencer closed the door behind them, (y/n) went to unbutton her shirt, but he put his hands over hers and murmured a “Let me.”
Slowly, he removed her clothing, layer by layer, and kissed every inch of new territory there was to explore. The feeling in (y/n)’s stomach intensified with every touch, and she shuddered as his hands raked down her sides.
“Did you know,” he murmured as he kissed her forehead. “That your eyelids are one of the most sensitive parts of the human body?”
“No, I didn’t,” she breathed.
“Well, they are.” As if to prove his point, he kissed each one, sweetly, tenderly.
“How are you so perfect?” (Y/n) asked, smiling softly up at the man she loved. “What did I ever do to deserve someone like you?”
“You suffered for the extent of your love. You walked a thousand miles for someone who wouldn’t take a step for you. I don’t know how well I measure up as far as a reward for that suffering, but if I am what you want, then that’s what you deserve– all of me, unconditionally.” The sincerity in his eyes was nearly painful for (y/n), and she caressed Spencer’s cheek, feeling the smooth skin beneath her fingers.
“You are what I want,” she assured him. “Only, for now, with less clothing.”
“And you have me,” he grinned.


***


“Explore me,” Reid had said when (y/n) expressed her concern with being out of her depth as far as sex went. “Think of it as science. I am ever your willing test subject.”
Reid wasn’t so sure if giving that woman free reign over his body was a good thing– he might never let her stop touching him.
Every inch of contact with her was like fire. When her hands swept over his stomach, he shivered– when she kissed and sucked at his neck, he wanted to groan. It was like heaven, only better.
“I think I’m ready,” (y/n) sighed into Reid’s ear.
This woman is going to be the death of me, he thought as he sat up to gather her in his arms. If I make it out of this alive, I’ll be the luckiest man on earth.


***


(Y/n) fidgeted nervously as Spencer introduced her to all of his friends and coworkers. So many names to remember, so little time.
Okay, (y/n), you can do this– start from the top. That one is Derek Morgan, that one is Aaron Hotchner, that one is…. Damn.
After introductions were made, all of them sat down for a meal together, and (y/n) couldn’t help but notice the look of pure joy on Spencer’s face. He looked so happy– (y/n) wished she could make him this happy all the time. She knew what his team meant to him. They weren’t just coworkers or colleagues– they were a family, forged in the flames of danger, fear, and a desire to do right by the world, quenched in the blood of those they were too late to save.
(Y/n) understood that kind of bond would never fade.
“Welcome to the family,” Morgan said to her, aside from the group. “Make my baby brother happy, will you?”
(Y/n) smiled. “I will.”
The conversation at the table ranged from nightclubs to office jobs, and all of a sudden, in the middle of their meal, these people didn’t feel like strangers anymore to (y/n)– not with Spencer holding her hand beneath the table and looking at her with love in his eyes. No, this was her family now too. They liked her because they loved Spencer, and whatever made him happy made them happy.
This is the start of something extraordinary, (y/n) thought as she watched the man she loved defend their sex life. Absolutely extraordinary.

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anonymous asked:

Well, the quaran says not to trust unbelievers, not to take jews or christians as friends, so what do you expect? Special treatment? When thousands of muslims who claim not to be extremists are pushing for sharia law all over the world, the world is going to react. You all are late to the party. Civilization already began and was in progress before your beloved prophet started hallucinating and demanded that everyone follow him and his version of god, who is mighty bloodthirsty, by the way.

It would seem like Muslims would have a good reason not to trust others, wouldn’t it?  

Ok, but in all seriousness, here are some other verses about Christians and Jews from the Quran that the media doesn’t like to talk about.

“Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians — whoever believes in God and the Last Day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord. And there will be no fear for them, nor shall they grieve” (2:62, 5:69, and many other verses).

“…and nearest among them in love to the believers will you find those who say, ‘We are Christians,’ because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant” (5:82).

“O you who believe! Be helpers of God — as Jesus the son of Mary said to the Disciples, ‘Who will be my helpers in (the work of) God?’ Said the disciples, ‘We are God’s helpers!’ Then a portion of the Children of Israel believed, and a portion disbelieved. But We gave power to those who believed, against their enemies, and they became the ones that prevailed” (61:14).

“And argue not with the People of the Scripture unless it be in (a way) that is better, save with such of them as do wrong; and say: We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him we surrender.” (29:46).

”(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering thee and causing thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ.” (3:55).

Also, if Muslims were told not to trust Jewish or Christian people, then why would our Muslim men be allowed to marry people of “the book” (Jews and Christians)?

Look, the problem is that everyone and their dog thinks they know what Islam really is and stands for, but they don’t even have the sense to do research or look up information from real Muslims or from Islamic sources.  It is really easy for anyone to take something out of context and make any religion look terrible.  I could do the same with the Torah or the New Testament.  As for Muhammad (pbuh) being “mighty bloodthirsty,”  even Jesus stated in the Bible, “Do not think I came to bring peace.  Nay, I did not come to bring peace.  I came with a sword.” (Matthew 10:34).

Alas, I will leave you with this… You say that the Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh) came to “the party” late?  Hmmm, this will be quite long, but the following will show what all took place before the birth of Jesus

9997 B.C.      Aborigines in Australia paint on stone

               portrayal of organized warfare             

9996-5000 BC   Cave paintings in Spain show bows in use

7000 B.C.      Fired-clay pottery

6000 B.C.      Simple bows common in northern Europe

5000 B.C.      Crop irrigation in Egypt

4500 B.C.      Badarian culture in Egypt with pottery, ivory

               spoons, and imported items such as malachite

               (green stone used for jewelry)

4000 B.C.      Domestic cattle

4000 B.C.      Wheels in Mesopotamia

4000 B.C.      Stone tools still used in Egypt and Mesopotamia

4000 B.C.      Egypt organized into nomos (provinces) ruled by

               nomarchs (chiefs)

3600 B.C.      Stone and wooden wheels widespread

3800 B.C.      Copper artifacts in Iran

3500 B.C.      Bread in Egypt

3500 B.C.      Egyptians have mirrors of metal

3500-3100 B.C. Naqada culture in Egypt, which became Egyptian

               state

3200 B.C.      Hieroglyphic writing in Egypt

3100 B.C.      Upper and Lower Egypt united under Menes,

               first Pharaoh, starts Early Dynastic Period

3100 B.C.      Writing, record keeping, and formal

               administrative organization evident in Egypt

3000 B.C.      Bronze (mix of tin and copper) tools common

               in Middle East

3000 B.C.      Chariots in Mesopotamia

3000 B.C.      Ox teams pulling plows in Egypt

3000 B.C.      Cuneiform writing in Sumer

3000 B.C.      Sumerians use fillings in bad teeth

3000 B.C.      Sumerians divide day into 24 hours

3000 B.C.      Sumerians divide hour into 60 minutes

3000 B.C.      Sumerians divide minute into 60 seconds

3000 B.C.      Sumerians divide circle into 360 degrees

               (a very divisive people, these Sumerians)

3000 B.C.      Pharaoh Atothis writes first book on human

               body (actually, ABOUT it, not ON it)

3000 B.C.      Minoans flourish on Crete

3000 B.C.      Troy inhabited

3000 B.C.      Lyre in Sumeria

3000 B.C.      Athens site inhabited

2773 B.C.      Egyptians use calendar with 365 days

2700 B.C.      Chinese make silk

2700 B.C.      “Old Copper” culture, near Lake Superior, uses

               copper for tools and ornaments

2700 B.C.      Urak of Mesopotamia is first undisputed example

               of fortified city

2700 B.C.      Sumer has fully articulated military, including

               standing army organized along modern lines

2700 B.C.      Formal record keeping and administration used

               throughout Mesopotamia

2700 B.C.      First “recorded” war, between Sumer (Iraq area)

               and Elam (Iran area), fought in Basra area

2686-2160 B.C. Period of Old Kingdom in Egypt, military staff

               developed

2630 B.C.      Egypt’s first pyramid, at Saqqara, by Pharaoh

               Djoser

2600 B.C.      Advanced soldering skills in Mesopotamia

2600 B.C.      Paved highway in Egypt

2600 B.C.      Tablets of Shruppak (Sumer) tell of city-states

               equipping 600-700 soldier armies full time,

               first evidence of standing professional armies

2550 B.C.      Khufu’s Great Pyramid at Giza, 481 feet high

2525 B.C.      First detailed account of a war, between Lagash

               and Umma (both Sumerian city-states), recorded

               in pictures on stele erected by victorious

               Eannatum of Lagash (victors write history)

2525 B.C.      Stele of Vultures (by Eannatum) shows war with

               phalanxes 6 deep by 8 wide; armor; helmets;

               spears; socket axes; sickle swords; and chariots

               pulled by onagers (wild asses)

2500 B.C.      Fortified cities are the norm in Mesopotamia

2500 B.C.      Copper helmets with leather liners common in

               Sumerian army, lessening impact of mace as a

               weapon

2500 B.C.      Battering ram developed to counter fortifications,

               since armies on the move needed supplies hidden

               in the cities

2500 B.C.      Mesopotamians develop weights and measures

               system

2500 B.C.      Great Pyramid at Giza

2500 B.C.      Egyptians performing surgery, and some

               patients live

2400 B.C.      Papyrus in Egypt

2300 B.C.      Sargon’s army of 5,300 is big for the time

2300 B.C.      Sargon the Great, of Akkad, launches conquest of

               all of Mesopotamia, first great military dictator

2296 B.C.      Chinese record sighting of comet

2250 B.C.      First evidence of composite bow, during reign of

               Naram Sin, grandson of Sargon the Great — able to

               penetrate leather armor, double range of simple bows

2200 B.C.      Duck decoys in use in Nevada

2200 B.C.      Fortress of Buhen, in Sudan, had walls, firing

               bastions, moat, and complex gates

2200 B.C.      Egypt fortifies southern area to protect against

               Nubian attack

2200 B.C.      Queen Semiramis of Babylon builds first

               tunnel under a river

2040-1786 B.C. Middle Kingdom period in Egypt, improvements in

               command structure of military and government

2000 B.C.      Celts begin spreading

2000 B.C.      First zoo has opening day, in China

1900 B.C.      Assyrians united in Mesopotamia

1900 B.C.      Hittites begin smelting iron (technology

               transfer often guarded as it spread)

1800 B.C.      Bronze metalworking spreads through Europe

               (note how long after Middle East — see 3000 B.C.)

1800 B.C.      Babylonians have multiplication tables

1792 B.C.      Hammurabi rules Babylon

1720 B.C.      Hyksos invade Egypt, with mobility-based army,

               chariots, composite bows (outranged Egyptians

               by 200 yds), penetrating ax (vs Egyptian simple

               ax), swords, body armor, helmets, and quivers

               for rapid bowfire

1720 B.C.      Hyksos establish capital at Avaris

1700 B.C.      Knossos on Crete destroyed by fire

1674 B.C.      Hyksos capture Memphis

1674 B.C.      Half of Egypt ruled by foreign Hyksos kings, other

               half by Thebes

1600 B.C.      Greek hoplites popularize armor

1600 B.C.      Mycenae (Greece) flourishes

1600 B.C.      Water clock in Egypt

1570 B.C.      New Kingdom Pharaohs begin expansion

1570-1546 B.C. Ahmose I of Thebes captures Avaris and drives out

               Hyksos invaders

1567 B.C.      Hyksos expelled from Egypt

1546-1526 B.C. Amenhotep I begins Egyptian drive into Asia

1525-1512 B.C. Thutmose I pacifies Nubia

1512-1504 B.C. Thutmose II pushes Egypt to the edge of Syria

1504-1450 B.C. Thutmose III, greatest warrior pharaoh (won 17

               of 17 campaigns), established peak Egyptian

               power, adopted best of Hyksos weapons and

               mobility, and added archers on chariots,

               reserve forces, communication improvements

               (such as semaphore) and intelligence gathering

1500 B.C.      Glassmaking perfected in Middle East,

               including bottles in Egypt

1500 B.C.      Sundials in Egypt

1500 B.C.      Phoenicians found city of Tangier in

               North Africa

1500 B.C.      Pyramids are out, cutting tombs into rock is in

1450 B.C.      Mycenae dominates Aegean

1450 B.C.      Minoans overrun by mainland Greeks

1450 B.C.      Egypt reaches greatest extent, through the

               efforts of Thutmose III

1380 B.C.      Nefertiti is queen-consort to Akhenaten

               in Egypt

1361 B.C.      Tutankhamen king of Egypt at age 9

1320 B.C.      Mycenae reaches its peak

1300 B.C.      Hittites first employ iron for weapons

1300 B.C.      Egyptian army has special field intelligence

               and commander’s conferences for staff planning

               on the battlefield

1290-1224 B.C. Ramses II, master builder pharaoh, known to

               Greeks as Ozymandias, has total army of 100,000

1288 B.C.      Battle of Kadesh, Ramses II and an army of

               20,000 ambushed by 16,000 Hittites, including

               2,500 chariots. Ramses escapes from trap and

               counterattacks as Hittites are looting the field.

               Subsequent stalemate begins 17 fruitless war years.      

1200 B.C.      Hittites overrun by the Sea Peoples (mostly

               displaced from Aegean region by northern

               invaders, the Sea Peoples included Philis-

               tines and other groups who later settled

               in Palestine and surrounding area)

1200 B.C.      Iron smelting perfected (in only 700 years)

               and as Hittites are scattered, their ironsmiths

               spread the knowledge

1200 B.C.      Olmec civilization by Gulf of Mexico;

               includes written language, use of numbers,

               large temples, and intricate statues

1194-1163 B.C. Ramses III, last of great New Kingdom rulers

1190 B.C.      Trojan War (between Troy and Mycenae)

1100 B.C.      Phoenicians found Cadiz, Iberian Peninsula

1100 B.C.      Mycenae falls to invaders

1100-800 B.C.  Age of Darkness in Aegean area, Dorian and

               Ionian invasions interrupt Mycenaean civilization

1020 B.C.      Israelite tribes united under Saul

1000 B.C.      Jerusalem becomes Israeli capital

1000 B.C.      Saul succeeded by David

 972 B.C.      Solomon succeeds David

 900 B.C.      Celts spread through Gaul

 900 B.C.      First recorded mention of symbol for zero,

               in India

 883 B.C.      Assyrian empire expands

 814 B.C.      Phoenicians found Carthage

 800 B.C.      Corinth founded

 776 B.C.      First Olympic Games

 753 B.C.      Romulus and Remus found Rome

 750 B.C.      Homer writing

 750 B.C.      Caste system firmly established in India

 750 B.C.      Etruscans expand Italian colonies

 750 B.C.      Greek colony of Cumae in Italy

 734 B.C.      Corinth settles Corcyra (Corfu)

 732 B.C.      Assyria takes Damascus

 729 B.C.      Assyria takes Babylon

 722 B.C.      Assyria takes Israel

 721 B.C.      Sargon II forms last Assyrian dynasty

               (but he didn’t know it at the time)

 715 B.C.      Sparta beats Messenia (details at 11) in

               First Messenian War

 712-612 B.C.  Assyrians dominate Fertile Crescent

 700 B.C.      Assyrians: 150-200,000 in army, with combined

               arms field armies of 50,000 mixed infantry,

               chariots, and cavalry

 700 B.C.      Biremes (two banks of oars) developed

 700 B.C.      Coins used in Lydia (Turkey)

 700 B.C.      Iron begins replacing copper in Europe

 700 B.C.      Saddle developed by Scythians (but no

               stirrups, yet)

 691 B.C.      Assyrian 34-mile aqueduct carries water

               to Nineveh

 689 B.C.      Assyrians destroy Babylon after it revolts

 688 B.C.      Boxing added to Olympics

 671 B.C.      Assyrians capture part of Egypt

 663 B.C.      Assyria peaks out

 660 B.C.      Byzantium (Istanbul) established

 650 B.C.      First reference of triremes (three rows of oars)

 640 B.C.      Kingdom of Macedonia started

 625 B.C.      King Cyaxares unites Median tribes

 624 B.C.      Horse racing added to Olympics

 616 B.C.      Etruscan king Tarquinius Priscus rules Rome

 612 B.C.      Medes and Babylonians sack Nineveh, and

               Assyrian empire falls

 610-545 B.C.  Greek scientist/philosopher Thales of

               Miletus teaches value of using reason and

               observation to understand the world

 609 B.C.      Necho II is Pharaoh of Egypt, Necho canal

               links Nile with Red Sea

 605-562 B.C.  Nebuchadnezzar II extends his empire and

               builds the Hanging Gardens

 600 B.C.      Greek colony of Poseidonia (Paestum), Italy

 600 B.C.      Greek colony of Massilia (Marseilles)

 600-509 B.C.  Estruscan dominance of Rome

 600 B.C.      Chinese practice cultivating crops in rows

               and hoeing intensively — not practiced in

               Europe widely until 18th century

 594 B.C.      The archon named Solon brings BIG social

               reform to Athens. Archons were among chief

               magistrates of Athens.  Solon brought laws

               which ended enslavement for debt, intro-

               duced right of appeal, amended methods for

               contracts and taxation, and reduced powers

               of hereditary aristocracy over the poor —

               setting stage for later class struggles.

               His name became term commonly used to

               describe any wise lawgiver.

 586 B.C.      Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar II destroy

               Jerusalem, and take Jews into captivity

 585 B.C.      Greek scientist/philosopher Thales of

               Miletus predicts solar eclipse

 563-483 B.C.  Buddha

 561 B.C.      Peisistratus is tyrant of Athens, meaning

               one who rules without legal warrant, but

               not necessarily good or evil ruler

 556-539 B.C.  Nabonidus, King of Babylon, is first known

               archaeologist (he didn’t have to dig far)

 551 B.C.      Birth of Confucius, Chinese philosopher who

               taught you should treat others as you would

               be treated

 551-478 B.C.  Confucius

 550 B.C.      Lao-Tzu outlines philosophy of Taoism

 550 B.C.      First Greek plays

 539 B.C.      Cyrus the Great (Persian) conquers Babylon

 537 B.C.      Persians free Jews from Babylonian rule

 530 B.C.      Cyrus the Great killed in battle

 525 B.C.      Persians under Cambyses II (son of Cyrus)

               whip Egypt

 512 B.C.      Darius I (Persian) conquers Byzantium (do

               you think he called himself “the first”?)

 510 B.C.      Spartan king Cleomenes I overthrows

               Athenian tyrant Hippias

 509 B.C.      Rome becomes republic after throwing out

               the last king

 507 B.C.      Cleisthenes gives democracy to Athens

 500 B.C.      First record of use of bow and arrow in

               North America, perhaps brought from Asia

 500 B.C.      “The Art of War,” by Sun Tzu, mentions

               powerful crossbows firing arrows

 500 B.C.      Persian Empire near its peak

 499-448 B.C.  Greek-Persian War

 494 B.C.      Spartan king Cleomenes I defeats city of

               Argos

 493 B.C.      Rome allied with Latin League, the group

               of cities in the Latium district around

               Rome

 490 B.C.      Corinth foils plan of Spartan king

               Cleomenes I to reinstall Hippias as

               tyrant of Athens (apparently Cleomenes

               thought Hippias would be easier to handle

               than a democratic Athens)

 490 B.C.      Greeks bust Persian chops at Marathon

 490 B.C.      Battle of Marathon: 24,000 Persians vs 10,000

               Greeks; 6,400 Persian dead, 192 Athenians dead

 490-486 B.C.  Massive Persian preparations for going

               after Greece again

 486 B.C.      Egypt revolts against Persia, delaying

               Darius’ rematch with Greece

 485 B.C.      Darius dies and Xerxes, his son, is king

               of Persia

 484 B.C.      Persians put down Egyptian revolt

 480 B.C.      Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus

               active

 480 B.C.      Carthaginian sea captain, Hanno, explores

               coast of West Africa with his fleet

 480 B.C.      Greek philosopher Pythagoras of Samos dies

               (but left us his theorem)

 480 B.C.      Xerxes builds bridge across Hellespont, using

               774 anchored boats

 480 B.C.      Greeks get big navy win over Persians at

               Salamis, and Xerxes has a ringside seat

 480 B.C.      Persians squeak by Thermopylae, beat

               Greeks, and loot and burn Athens (sounds

               like a soccer game, with fans)

 480 B.C.      Xerxes goes back to Persia, leaving

               Mardonius to mop up the Greek war

 479-431 B.C.  Golden Age of Athens

 479 B.C.      Aristides and Pausanias lead Greeks over

               Persians at Plataea, destroying Mardonius

               and his army

 479 B.C.      Greeks land in Asia Minor and defeat

               Persian force at Mycale  (Greeks lead the

               series 4-1 )

 478 B.C.      Delian League established to maintain Greek

               naval supremacy in Aegean, get Persians off

               Greek islands, and free Greek colonies in

               Asia Minor

 469-399 B.C.  Socrates

 466 B.C.      Greek Cimon defeats Persians at Eurymedon,

               final battle to free Greeks in Asia Minor

 465 B.C.      Xerxes assassinated; son Artaxerxes I

               succeeds him

 460 B.C.      Pericles influential in Athens

 460-359 B.C.  Hippocrates

 460-445 B.C.  FIRST PELOPONNESIAN WAR, between Athens

               and Corinth-Sparta

 450 B.C.      Some of Delian League think Persian threat

               is gone; they try to quit; they sleep with

               the fishes when Athens says “NO”

 450 B.C.      Delian League becomes essentially Athenian

               empire, provoking fear and opposition in

               Sparta, Corinth, Thebes, and other cities

 447 B.C.      Parthenon construction started

 445 B.C.      “Thirty-Year Peace,” initiated by Pericles,

               ends First Peloponnesian War

 445 B.C.      Rome removes ban on marriage between

               patricians and plebeians

 435 B.C.      Naval war between Corinth and Corcyra

               (Corfu): Corinth allied with Sparta;

               Corcyra allied with Athens

 433 B.C.      Athens intervenes in naval war between

               Corinth and Corcyra

 432-404 B.C.  SECOND PELOPONNESIAN WAR

 432 B.C.      Sparta declares war against Athens

 432 B.C.      Parthenon finished

 431 B.C.      Athens can put forth 13,000 hoplites; 16,000

               older garrison soldiers; 1,200 mounted men;

               and 1,600 archers

 431-421 B.C.  The Archidamian War, first phase of Second

               Peloponnesian War

 431-430 B.C.  Sparta ravages Attica

 430 B.C.      Herodotus writes History of Persian Wars

               (if you want to look good in history, you

               better write it)

 430 B.C.      Pestilence hits Athens, behind her walls,

               and one fourth of population dies

 429 B.C.      Pericles dies from the pestilence

 427 B.C.      Revolts of Corcyra and Lesbos against

               Athens

 427 B.C.      First Sicilian expedition by Athens

 427 B.C.      Sparta and Thebes destroy Plataea, Athens’ ally

 425 B.C.      Athenians under Cleon and Demosthenes win

               at Pylos and Sphacteria, an island off

               southwestern Greek coast, and capture

               Spartan prisoners.  Sparta sues for peace

 425 B.C.      Oedipus Rex, play by Sophocles, performed

               (Greece enters its Freudian period)

 424 B.C.      Boetians use flame thrower against wooden walls

               of Delium

 424-422 B.C.  Spartan general Brasidas leads expedition

               into Thrace to strike at Athenian posses-

               sions in that region

 422 B.C.      Spartan general Brasidas and Athenian

               general Cleon killed at Amphipolis

 421-413 B.C.  Peace of Nicias and Sicilian Expedition,

               second phase of Second Peloponnesian War

 421 B.C.      Athens can put forth 1,300 hoplites and

               1,000 horsemen

 421 B.C.      Peace of Nicias, between Spartan and

               Athenian sides, scheduled to last 50 years

               … but sporadic fighting continues

 418 B.C.      Sparta wins A BIG ONE at Battle of Mantinea

 418 B.C.      Melian Dialogue, where Athens discusses the

               punishment island of Melos should get for

               misbehavin’ — the decision, kill all the

               men (WHAT KIND OF A DIALOGUE IS THAT?)

 415 B.C.      Athenians send an expedition to conquer

               Sicily (as foreboding music plays)

 415 B.C.      Alcibiades defects to Sparta

 414-404 B.C.  The Ionian War, the final phase of the

               Second Peloponnesian War

 414 B.C.      Sparta joins Syracuse against Athens

 413 B.C.      Sparta establishes fort at Decelea,

               defeats Athenian force in Great Harbor of

               Syracuse; captures and kills Nicias and

               Demosthenes

 412 B.C.      Athenian counterattacks bring victories at

               Chinos and Miletus

 412-411 B.C.  Some of Athenian allies revolt, Persians

               join Spartan side, Athens raises another

               fleet, AND GIVES ITS COMMAND TO ALCIBIADES,

               the same guy who earlier betrayed Athens to

               Sparta (these Athenians would be good to

               have on your parole board)

 411 B.C.      Athenian naval victory over Spartan fleet

               at Hellespont

 411 B.C.      End of Thucydides’ History

 410 B.C.      Alcibiades whoops a joint Spartan and

               Persian force, Sparta suggests peace,

               Athens refuses (greed is an ugly thing)

 409 B.C.      Carthaginians attack and seize cities in

               Sicily (Athens could have used these guys)

 408 B.C.      Persian king Darius II sends his younger

               son Cyrus to govern Asia Minor, and help

               Sparta against Athens

 408-407 B.C.  Sparta allied with Persia

 406 B.C.      Carthaginians continue conquest of Sicily

 405 B.C.      Athenian fleet almost totally destroyed by

               Spartan admiral Lysander, when he catches

               it on the beach at Aegospotami (triremes

               normally came to shore at night, but you

               don’t want to sleep later than opponent)

 405 B.C.      Athens besieged

 405 B.C.      Dionysius (not a Carthaginian) becomes

               ruler in Syracuse

 404 B.C.      Athens surrenders

 404 B.C.      SECOND PELOPONNESIAN WAR ENDS — Sparta

               the winner

 404 B.C.      Egypt gains independence from Persia

 401-400 B.C.  Cyrus the Younger leads expedition against

               his older brother Artaxerxes (now ruler of

               Persia)

 400 B.C.      Cyrus the Younger dies in battle, and his

               10,000 Greek mercenaries fight long route

               back to Black Sea, through Persian army

               and a bunch of other folks (“Retreat of

               the Ten Thousand” written of by Xenophon)

 400 B.C.      Greek physician Hippocrates active

 400 B.C.      Greek philosopher Democritus suggests world

               is made up of tiny particles called atoms

 400 B.C.      Greek gastraphetes (“belly shooter”), early

               large crossbow, used as heavy artillery

 400 B.C.      Trace harness developed in China.  The concept,

               of a yoke across the chest with traces

               connected, may have originated in use with

               humans used to pull boats on canals.  The

               harness will arrive in Europe in 568 A.D.

 400 B.C.      Cast iron in use in China.  Would be in use

               in Scandinavia by late 8th century A.D. and

               throughout Europe by 1380 A.D.

 399 B.C.      Socrates executed for being impious and

               contributing to the delinquency of minors

               (ah, back when crime didn’t pay)

 399-394 B.C.  Spartans war against Persians in Asia Minor

               (how quickly those allies are forgotten)

 397 B.C.      Dionysius successfully defends Syracuse

               against Carthaginians

 397 B.C.      Dionysius uses siege towers and catapults

               against Motya

 396 B.C.      Rome’s first biggie — destroying Etruscan

               city of Veii

 394-393 B.C.  Athenian admiral Conon, aided by a Persian

               fleet, defeats Spartans and restores

               fortifications of Athens

 390 B.C.      Gallic king Brennus sacks Rome and burns

               it, and also smashes many of Rome’s

               northern allies (payback to come later)

 390 B.C.      First known kite, in China

 387 B.C.      Plato founds Academy

 387-386 B.C.  Persian king helps Greeks negotiate peace

 386 B.C.      Thebans and Athenians renew war with Sparta

 371 B.C.      Theban king Epaminondas defeats Spartans at

               Leuctra; Thebes dominates Greece.

 370 B.C.      Plato writes The Republic

 362 B.C.      Athens and Sparta form alliance against

               Thebes

 362 B.C.      Theban king Epaminondas wins big victory

               at Mantinea, but is killed, and Theban

               power quickly peters out

 359-336 B.C.  Philip II is king of Macedonia, having

               earlier been a hostage and student of

               Epaminondas, at Thebes, where Philip took

               lots of notes

 359 B.C.      Philip II begins thorough training program

               for Macedonian army

 350 B.C.      Philip II of Macedon organizes special

               military engineer group

 343 B.C.      Rome begins Samnite wars, which last 50

               years but secure central Italy

 342-270 B.C.  Epicurus and followers, Epicureans,

               advocating less dependence on material things

 341 B.C.      Persians reconquer Egypt

 339 B.C.      Philip II of Macedonia defeats Athens and

               Thebes at Chaeronea, establishing

               Macedonian dominion over Greece

 338 B.C.      Rome defeats Latin League (old ally of

               Rome, there’s a lesson here) in Latin Wars

 338-146 B.C.  Hellenistic Age

 336 B.C.      Philip II assassinated; Alexander succeeds

               him

 336-323 B.C.  Alexander rules

 336 B.C.      Rumors of Alexander’s death (while he is

               fighting northern barbarians) cause several

               Greek cities to revolt

 336 B.C.      Alexander comes home, quickly destroys

               Thebes, and convinces the other cities that

               rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated

 334 B.C.      Alexander crosses Hellespont and wins the

               Battle of Granicus, opening Asia to him

 333 B.C.      Alexander defeats Persian king Darius III

               at Battle of Issus

 333 B.C.      Alexander lays siege to Tyre in Phoenicia

 332 B.C.      Alexander captures Tyre, Gaza, and Egypt

 332 B.C.      Alexander founds Alexandria in Egypt (one

               of over 20 towns by that name which he founded

               — not very original, is he?)

 331 B.C.      Alexander defeats Darius III at Gaugamela or

               Battle of Arbela: Darius III has army of

               300,000 infantry; 40,000 cavalry; 250 chariots;

               and 50 elephants — beaten by Alex and 60,000

 327 B.C.      Alexander invades India

 323 B.C.      Alexander dies at Babylon; the Diadochi

               (“successors” in Greek) seek to control

               the empire

 323 B.C.      Alexander’s general Ptolemy I gets Egypt

               and Palestine

 312 B.C.      Romans begin building the Via Appia

               (Appian Way)

 305 B.C.      Seleucus I Nicatur (the Conqueror) is king

               of Macedonia

 300 B.C.      Greek mathematician Euclid active

 300 B.C.      Bantu people spread over eastern and

               southern Africa

 287-211 B.C.  Archimedes

 279 B.C.      Greeks block Gauls at Thermopylae

 270 B.C.      Greek astronomer, Aristarchus, states the

               Earth revolves around the sun

 270-230 B.C.  Alexandrian mathematician, Ctesibius,

               invents the organ, the water pump, the

               spring, and the valve

 264-241 B.C.  First Punic War

 264 B.C.      Carthage occupies Sicily, starting First

               Punic War with Rome

 264 B.C.      Adulis in Ethiopia is large trade center

               for trade between Africa and Arabia, with

               goods from Europe and India as well

 264-100 B.C.  Frequent bouts of pirates in greater

               Mediterranean Sea

 256 B.C.      Romans besiege Carthage, but are beaten

 255 B.C.      Roman fleet of 248 ships sunk in storm off

               Cape Pachymus, losing 100,000+ men, fifteen

               percent of military age men in Italy

 250 B.C.      Greek mathematician, Archimedes, states

               laws of specific gravity

 241 B.C.      Romans defeat Carthaginians, ending the

               First Punic War

 240 B.C.      Eratosthenes of Cyrene calculates Earth’s

               circumference at about 24,000 miles (in

               their units of course, he didn’t use miles)

 240 B.C.      First Latin literature, in Rome

 239 B.C.      Halley’s comet first recorded (but under an

               assumed name)

 238 B.C.      Romans seize Sardinia and Corsica from

               Carthage

 237 B.C.      Carthaginian generals Hasdrubal and

               Hannibal conquer lots of Iberian Peninsula

 227 B.C.      Spartan king Cleomenes III defeats Achaean

               League

 222 B.C.      Macedonian king Antigonus III helps Achaean

               League to defeat Sparta (don’t these end-

               less things make you think of that phrase

               “what goes around comes around”?)

 222 B.C.      Alexandria is center of science and learning,

               with 400,000 scrolls in library, and a 200

               foot lighthouse to guide folks to the library

 219 B.C.      Hannibal attacks Romans at Saguntum

               (Sagunto)

 218 B.C.      Hannibal crosses Alps into Italy

 218 B.C.      Rome declares war on Spain, starting Second

               Punic War

 218-201 B.C.  Second Punic War

 218 B.C.      Battle of Trebia, Hannibal destroys Roman army

               of 40,000

 217 B.C.      Battle of Lake Trasimene, Hannibal destroys

               Roman army of 40,000

 216 B.C.      Hannibal is BIG (we’re talking REALLY BIG)

               winner over Romans at Battle of Cannae,

               destroying Roman army of 80,000

 215-205 B.C.  Macedonian-Rome Wars

 215 B.C.      Great Wall of China begun (but not by Han-

               nibal, he had his hands full)

 212 B.C.      Mathematician Archimedes killed during

               Roman siege of Syracuse

 206 B.C.      Roman general Scipio Africanus Major beats

               Carthaginians in Spain

 206 B.C.      Seleucid king Antiochus III takes Armenia,

               Parthia, and Bactria

 206 BC-220 AD Crossbows common in China during Han dynasty

 204 B.C.      Roman general Scipio Africanus Major

               invades Africa (that’s how he got his name)

 202 B.C.      Battle of Zama, Second Punic War

 202 B.C.      Seleucid king Antiochus III begins conquest

               of Syria and Palestine

 200-0 B.C.    Han dynasty in China develops paper, gun-

               powder,and moveable type

 201 B.C.      Rome, Pergamum, and Rhodes unite against

               Philip V of Macedonia

 200 B.C.      Parisii tribe (Gauls) settle on site of

               Paris

 200 B.C.      Iron horseshoes arrive (allowing

               increased speed of cavalry and greater

               mobility over rough ground)

 200 B.C.      Parchment in wide use

 200 B.C.      Stirrups in use (… IN CHINA ! … not

               in the West for a long time)

 200 B.C.      Gimbals in use in China — not the department

               store, but the basis of gyroscopes

 200 B.C.      Very expensive mail armor (from Latin macula, net)

 197 B.C.      Romans defeat Macedonians at Cynoscephalae

 196 B.C.      Seleucid king Antiochus III invades Thrace

               (this is one busy guy)

 191 B.C.      Antiochus III defeated by Romans at

               Thermopylae (no wonder … he was wore out)

 184 B.C.      Cato becomes censor of Rome (what were they

               writing on those parchments?) — a censor

               being one of two chief magistrates who

               controlled registration of citizens and

               property, and who were entrusted with

               supervision of manners and morals

 183 B.C.      Hannibal commits suicide to avoid surren-

               dering to Rome (ooo, way to hurt ‘em,

               Hannibal … take that)

 179 B.C.      Perseus is king of Macedonia, succeeding

               his father Philip V

 168 B.C.      Jews, under Maccabees, revolt against

               Seleucids

 168 B.C.      Romans defeat Perseus of Macedonia and

               abolish Macedonian monarchy (Macedonian

               tabloids were furious)

 157 B.C.      Chinese arsenals contain 200,000+ crossbows,

               of such complicated high-tolerance that

               captured ones couldn’t be duplicated by

               enemies, and the arrows were too short for

               enemy bows

 150 B.C.      Hipparchus of Rhodes compiles first star

               catalog (and Tom Cruise wasn’t in it)

 149 B.C.      Third Punic War starts when Carthage

               attacks Roman ally Numidia

 149-146 B.C.  Third Punic War

 146 B.C.      Roman general Scipio Africanus Minor

               (also known as Scipio Aemilianus)

               destroys Carthage, after 3-year siege,

               thus ending Third (and final) Punic War

 146 B.C.      Rome destroys Achaean League in Greece

               (good year for Rome, bad for the rest)

 139 B.C.      Rome defeats Celts in Iberian Peninsula

               and establishes Lusitania

 130 B.C.      List of Seven Wonders of the World, by

               poet Antipater of Sidon, comes out to rave

               reviews and goes to the top of the charts

 121 B.C.      Rome gains control of Gallic settlement of

               Nimes (from which we got “de Nimes” or

               “denims,” which is French for “the pants

               you wear to look cool”)

 119 B.C.      Han dynasty in China nationalizes natural

               gas, cast iron, and salt industries. The

               natural gas was gotten by deep drilling

               and used primarily to heat and speed

               evaporation of the brine in the salt works.

 111 B.C.      China’s Han dynasty annexes Annam

               (northern Vietnam)

 106 B.C.      Rome takes Gallic city of Tolosa (Toulouse)

 105 B.C.      Roman army adopts training methods used in

               gladiator schools

 105 B.C.      Rome conquers Numidia (hey, weren’t they an

               ally just a few lines ago?)

 100 B.C.      Greek grammarian Dionysius Thrax publishes

               Art of Grammar

  95 B.C.      Armenia, under Tigranes I, begins to expand

  91 B.C.      Rome and allies begin Social War (isn’t

               that an oxymoron?) — allies revolted

               against Rome, and Rome declared that those

               who submitted to Rome would have Roman

               citizenship

  89 B.C.      Roman citizenship rights granted throughout

               Italy

  87 B.C.      Rome captured by rebels in civil war

  82 B.C.      Roman general Sulla, using his private

               army, recaptures Rome and becomes dictator

               in an attempt to restore the oligarchy —

               a dictator was usually a chief magistrate

               with supreme authority, usually appointed

               by Senate, usually in times of emergency,

               and usually for a term of six months

  80 B.C.      Sulla smashes Etruscans; then they become

               Roman citizens

  77 B.C.      First “encyclopedia”…Pliny the Elder’s

               Historia Naturalis

  73 B.C.      Gladiator Spartacus leads uprising of

               around 40,000+ fugitive Roman slaves

  71 B.C.      Spartacus killed at Lucania by Roman

               general Marcus Licinius Crassus

  63 B.C.      Roman general Pompey conquers Palestine

  60 B.C.      Pompey, Crassus, and Julius Caesar form

               First Roman Triumvirate

  59 B.C.      Acta diurna, a news gazette, published

               in Rome

  58 B.C.      Julius Caesar invades Gaul, starting

               Gallic Wars

58-52 B.C.     Gallic Wars

  57 B.C.      Julius Caesar defeats the Belgae, in

               present day Belgium

  55 B.C.      Julius Caesar invades Britain

  52 B.C.      Vercingetorix unifies Gallic tribes

               against Rome

  51 B.C.      Julius Caesar conquers Gaul, ending the

               Gallic War (on a galling note for Gauls)

  50 B.C.      Glassblowing in Phoenicia

  49 B.C.      Julius Caesar crosses Rubicon into Italy,

               starting a civil war

  48 B.C.      Julius Caesar beats Pompey at Pharsalus

               (Pompey flees to Egypt, where he is

               assassinated)

  48 B.C.      Egyptian civil war between Ptolemy III

               and his sister Cleopatra

  47 B.C.      New Year starts on January 1st for first

               time, with new Roman calendar

  47 B.C.      Caesar arrives in Egypt, with army, …

               and likes Cleopatra … a LOT

  47 B.C.      Ptolemy killed

  46 B.C.      Caesar appointed dictator of Rome

  44 B.C.      Caesar assassinated

  43 B.C.      Mark Anthony, Octavian (Augustus), and

               Lepidus are Second Roman Triumvirate

43-41 B.C.     War of the Second Triumvirate (Rome)

  42 B.C.      Octavian and Mark Anthony defeat Brutus

               and Cassius at Philippi (these two were

               among the alleged killers of Caesar)

  42 B.C.      Mark Anthony finds he also likes Queen

               Cleopatra … a LOT

  37 B.C.      Herod the Great rules Judea

  31 B.C.      Octavian defeats Mark Anthony at Actium

  31 BC-450 AD Roman Empire

  30 B.C.      Mark Anthony and Cleopatra commit

               suicide, separately

  27 B.C.      Octavian is first Roman emperor, and the

               Senate names him Augustus (our Senate could

               never get away with renaming presidents,

               and CALLing them names just isn’t the same)

  27 B.C.      Octavian establishes Praetorian guard (see,

               he did notice what happened to Julius)

  23 B.C.      Roman poet Horace writes his odes

  20 B.C.      Marcus Verrius Flaccus compiles first general

               dictionary

  12 B.C.      Rome begins attempt to grab Germany

I suppose quite a few prophets showed up late to the party according to the history of mankind timeline….

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Syrian Terracotta ‘Conestoga’ Covered Wagons, c. 2000-1600 BC


These simple ceramic vehicles reflect the distinctive moment when men first used domesticated animals to draw wheeled vehicles, thus beginning powered transport on land.  Probably drawn by a pair of bovids, these wagon models may have been intended for cult use, or as grave gifts, to be left in shrines, sacred caches, or tombs. Although drawings of wheeled vehicles occur all over Eurasia, this seminal development in human culture probably originated in Mesopotamia or the Russian Steppes in the late 3rd millennium BC.