empressofdisagio  asked:

Messalina is the name of a Roman Empress, first wife of Emperor Claudius. She was infamous for her promiscuity: apparently, she wanted to have sex so badly that organized an all-night competition and won with 25 partners in 24 hours (this is probably a work of fiction, but she did have lovers, and she secretly married one of them, thus she was killed by the Emperor). "Messalina" is therefore used as a synonymus of "whore". May I suggest another middle name for Luna? Maybe Mary (or Maria)?


Messalina is also the name of the Catholic Saint- a consecrated virgin martyr who refused to submit to the pagan gods of Rome even upon the threat of death. A personal favorite of mine, if you will.


October 13th 54 AD: Claudius dies

On this day in 54 AD, the Roman Emperor Claudius died in Rome aged 63. Claudius was the fourth emperor after the Empire was consolidated by the first emperor Augustus. Tiberius, the second emperor, was Claudius’s uncle, and the young Claudius came to power after Tiberius’s successor, the insane Caligula, was assassinated by his own guard. Claudius proved a much more moderate and even-tempered leader than his predecessor, despite having previously been excluded from power due to his health problems. The new emperor had a strained relationship with the Roman Senate, who believed they did not have enough power under Claudius. However, the fourth emperor is responsible for several notable achievements, perhaps most importantly the Roman conquest of Britain, which greatly added to the territorial power of the Roman Empire. After his wife Messallina was executed for plotting against him, Claudius married his niece Agrippina. However, Agrippina had ambitions and supporters of her own, and feared Claudius would name his own son as his heir rather than her son Nero. Emperor Claudius died the day after holding a sumptuous banquet, and Roman opinion believed he was poisoned by Agrippina herself in order to secure her son’s succession. She was successful, and Nero became Roman Emperor, thus beginning the brutal rule of one of Rome’s most infamous emperors.

Everything, members of the senate, which is now considered to be of the highest antiquity was once new.
—  Claudius, Roman emperor from 41-54 AD, who drew from past historical events in Roman history to justify his actions in excepting Gauls into the senate in 48 AD. Many senators saw this as an affront to Italian pride and claimed that it was an insult to Italians to draw from other provinces, however close to Rome, in order to fill the ranks of the senate.

The Roman Emperor

The roll of Emperors spans more than 500 years of Roman History. All of those listed below bore the title; ten of the most famous are pictured above. The list has been simpilfied by excluding certain usurpers, claimants and co-emperors of little importance. The emperors’ reigns varies enormously. The Golden Age of Augustus lasted 41 years, and Theodosius II served for 42 years; but in the troubled years of 68-69 AD, Galba, Otho and Vitellius averaged less than six months on the throne. By the end of the 4th Century, during the reign of Honorius, the empire had been permanently divided, with separate rulers for the West, in Rome, and for the East, in Constantinople. 

Coin featuring Roman emperor Nero (L) and his mother Agrippina. Agrippina poisoned her husband (and emperor) Claudius in order to make her 16-year-old son (from a previous marriage) emperor. Despite the closeness of their appearances on the coin, she was in turn murdered by Nero – he first arranged a “boating accident” for her which failed, so he had her stabbed to death.  

One thing that really surprises me about Fate/Extella is that Hakuno and Nero basically start off in a relationship already.

Like, I dunno, I feel like any other game would have completely ignored their experiences together in the previous game and made you start over from square one, but Fate/Extella really goes the extra mile to ensure that not only did all of that happen, but also that they’ve grown even closer since then.

On the other hand though, it must really suck for the people who went with INFERIOR GIRL TAMAMO in the previous game.

Also if you don’t use female Hakuno how do you live with yourself.


Locusta the Poisoner—Ancient Rome’s Deadliest Assassin,

Perhaps the most feared woman in the ancient world, Locusta was a first century AD assassin who offered her services to wealthy and powerful Roman patricians, politicians, and military leaders.  So infamous were her deeds that her career was detailed by Juvenal, Seutonius, Cassius Dio, and Tacitus.  Born in Gaul (modern day France) Locusta was raised by her mother to be an herbalist, a healer who specialized in using medicinal plants and herbs. However, her career abruptly changed when she moved to Rome in search for greater opportunities, she found that her skills could put to much more lucrative uses killing people rather than healing.  Rome was rife with political intrigue, and skilled assassins were in high demand.

Locusta intensely studied poisonous plants, becoming a “master poisoner” in short time.  She knew of scores of different poisons; poisons that could bring about a heart attack, poisons that could cause a stroke, poisons that affected the nervous system, even poisons that would make it seem like the victim had died of something completely natural, such as the flu or plague.  For several years, Locusta hired out her services to wealthy patrician families and powerful politicians, or whoever was the highest bidder. In 54 AD Locusta was approached by Agrippina, wife of Emperor Claudius, with perhaps the biggest and most important job of her career; to assassinate the Emperor himself.  Agrippina wanted her son from another marriage to be Emperor, and thus Claudius had to go.  On October 13th, Locusta infiltrated Claudius’ palace, distracting a guard by placing a laxative in his drink.  She then tainted a dish of mushrooms, Claudius’ favorite dish, with strychnine.  Claudius consumed the poisoned mushrooms.  A few hours later, he began suffering strong stomach cramps, then he began foaming at the mouth and convulsing. Agrippina appeared to attempt to force Claudius to vomit the poison by sticking a feather down his throat.  Of course, the feather was also poisoned by Locusta with a potent toxin.  Emperor Claudius died a short time later.

When Nero came to throne, he made Locusta his personal assassin.  Among another of her famous hits was the poisoning of his brother, Britannicus, whom he felt threatened his rule.  Between 55 and 68 AD, Locusta was responsible for removing a number of Nero’s rivals and enemies.  Of course, Nero was not a popular Emperor, and after the burning of Rome he was stripped of his titles and declared an enemy of the state by the senate.  After Nero’s suicide Rome fell into a chaotic civil war as Roman generals and warlords fought for control over the empire.  One of these generals, a short reigning Emperor named Galba, despised Locusta because of her former status as Nero’s chief assassin.  On January 15th, 69 AD, Locusta was dragged from her home into the streets of Rome, and was publicly executed.

On this day (January 24th) in history…

AD 41 – Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his eccentricity and sadistic despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. The Guard then proclaims Caligula’s uncle Claudius as Emperor.


January 24th 41 AD: Caligula killed

On this day in 41 AD, the Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated by his guard in Rome. Born in Italy in 12 AD as Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, he is today known by his nickname Caligula (‘Little Boot’) which Roman soldiers on the German frontier called him when he was a young boy because of his footwear. As great-grandson of the first Emperor Augustus the young Caligula was born with imperial blood. After his parents were killed by imperial forces he was adopted by his great uncle Emperor Tiberius and eventually became the third emperor upon Tiberius’s death in 37 AD. With the support of the army he quickly moved to eradicate any challenges to his reign, having Tiberius’s grandson and rival heir executed. As emperor, Caligula lavished Rome with grand games and building projects but soon became despised for his increasing megalomania and apparent insanity that seems to have stemmed from an illness early in his reign. He supposedly tried to humiliate the Senate by making his favourite horse Incitatus a senator. Caligula also reversed previous imperial trend by actively encouraging worship of himself as a god. For example he frequently dressed up as the Roman gods at public games and decreed statues of him should be built in temples. His reign was also brutal in its vicious treason trials and frequent executions of dissenters; he even made it a capital offence to mention a goat in the presence of the very hairy Caligula. Emperor Caligula also had imperial aspirations, and undertook military campaigns in Germany and planned one to Britain. In 41 AD, after a four year reign, the increasingly unpopular Caligula was assassinated aged 29 by his own bodyguards. He was succeeded by his uncle Claudius, who proved a much more even tempered and moderate leader.


If you’re very good, tomorrow night I’ll tell you the story of Emperor Claudius, who was betrayed by those closest to him. By his own blood. They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired… But Emperor Claudius knew they were up to something. He knew they were busy little bees. And one night he sat down with one of them and he looked at her and he said, “Tell me what you’ve been doing, busy little bee, or I shall strike down those dearest to you. You shall watch as I bathe in their blood.”  

new info on the two folks running the show here

mod marcy marc

  • in a punk-ass emo band
  • haunted by dick-hungry anons
  • way more active than the other mod
  • the first member of the dk crew

moldy jam

  • likes to use <3 hearts
  • is simultaneously the richest and poorest person here
  • rose to power following emperor claudius’s death, originally having been an heir to Caligula 
  • built the Domus Aurea on the ashes of Rome, leading to being suspected of starting the great fire himself
About Hellenismos and its pillars

(this is an old post that i’ve updated)

Hellenismos is a reconstructionist or revivalist religion, which means it’s an attempt at reconstructing or reviving the ancient religion of ancient Hellas (Greece). The extent of the reconstruction of this ancient religious practice is limited, because our knowledge of the religion of ancient Hellas is limited, and also we don’t have the means to practice the religion like the ancient hellenes did. So, Hellenismos has been modernized (how modernized depends on the individual) and adapted to the modern world we live in.

The term “Hellenismos” was first used by the Roman Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus Augustus (or just Julian Augustus) to refer to the traditional religion of the hellenes. Emperor Julian (reigned from 361 to 363) was one of the first to attempt to revive the religion after the advent of Christianity.

Hellenismos has a very complex ethical system. These ethical guidelines or cornerstones/pillars of the faith (or whatever you want to call them), make up the base of the religion. It’s really a personal choice, which pillars you choose to focus on.

Some of the most important pillars are:

Ethike Arete - striving to be the best person you can be, striving for character excellence (ethics)
Eusebia - reverence, loyalty, and sense of duty toward the Gods
Hagneia - avoiding miasma
Katharmos - the act of purifying oneself, ridding oneself of miasma
Kharis - the reciprocal relationship between a person and the gods
Metriotes - everything in moderation
Sophia - the pursuit of wisdom and understanding
Sophrosune - self-control
Xenia - adherence to hospitality and the guest-host relationship

Studying the pillars can give you a significant insight, so if you really want to learn what makes this religion tick, you should start there!

Tipaza (formerly Tefessedt, تيپازة‎) is a Berber-speaking town on the coast of Algeria. When it was part of the Roman Empire, it was called Tipasa. The modern town, founded in 1857, is remarkable for its sandy beach, and ancient ruins. Tipasa, as it was then called, was an ancient Punic trading-post conquered by Ancient Rome and turned into a military colony by the emperor Claudius for the conquest of the kingdoms of Mauretania. Afterwards it became a municipium called Colonia Aelia Tipasensis, that reached the population of 20,000 inhabitants in the 4th century. The city was an important Christian center during the last centuries of Roman domination. It was destroyed by the Vandals in 430 AD, but was rebuilt by the Byzantines one century later. At the end of the 7th century the city was destroyed by the Arabs and reduced to ruins. In the 19th century the place was settled again. Now it is a town of nearly 30,000 inhabitants and an important tourist place in modern Algeria. The town and its surroundings are home to the largest Berber-speaking group of western Algeria, the Chenoua people.

Rules: Complete the survey and say who tagged you in the beginning. When you finished tag 5 people to do this survey. Have fun and enjoy!!

i was tagged by @itwasjustmisplaced, @lastgoldsun and @bartsugsy (i’m so popular y’all) <3

1: Are you named after someone? roman emperor claudius (history nerd parents)

2: When was the last time you cried? yesterday, reading @realityisonlythebeginning‘s latest fic

3: Do you like your handwriting? depends what i’m writing with really

4: What is your favourite lunch meat? presunto?

5: Do you have kids? nooooooo

6: If you were another person, would you be friends with you? fuck no

7: Do you use sarcasm? what do you think?

8: Do you still have your tonsils? yup

9: Would you bungee jump? fuck no

10: What is your favourite kind of cereal? COCO POPS

11: Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? of course not

12: Do you think you’re a strong person? fuck no

13: What is your favourite ice cream flavour? vanilla or pistachio 

14: What is the first thing you notice about people? probably their face and hands?

15: Red or pink? pink

16: What is the least favourite physical thing you like about yourself? my fat belly

17: What colour pants and shoes are you wearing now? purple pyjama bottoms

18: What was the last thing you ate? coco pops, because i’m a grown up and that was my dinner

19: What are you listening to right now? my laptop fighting to keep up

20: If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? probably something boring and bland, like grey

21: Favourite smell? coffee and fresh cut grass

22: Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? dad

23: Favourite sport to watch? volleyball, track and field and rugby

24: Hair color? brown

25: Eye colour? brown

26: Do you wear contacts? nope (also glasses since i was 4 tho, go lo!)

27: Favourite food to eat? plain cooked pasta. and blueberries

28: Scary movies or comedy? comedy always

29: Last movie you watched? can’t remember tbh

30: What colour of shirt are you wearing? lavender pyjama top with fluffy puppies (bex ain’t the only one that can wear puppy pyjamas)

31: Summer or winter? winter

32: Hugs or kisses? both. man, i want some now

33: What book are you currently reading? i’d decided to reread the outsiders thanks to @robertssofttouchxaaronssoftlad, but i haven’t gotten round to it yet

34: Who do you miss right now? my best friend

35: What is on your mouse pad? ain’t got one

36: What is the last TV program you watched? emmerdale

37: What is the best sound? my cats purring with the telly on in the background. and good music

38: Rolling Stones or The Beatles? neither

39: What is the furthest you have ever travelled? northern portugal :(

40: Do you have a special talent? i’m pretty good at recognising voices and accents? does that count?

41: Where were you born? terceira island, mid atlantic

42: People you expect to participate in this survey?

who hasn’t done it yet? lmao. i tag @theinvinciblecity, @holyrobron, @softrobertsugden, @hissing-miseries, @robertssofttouchxaaronssoftlad @andyoumattertome, @frankiensteinn and @meemzter