Askos in the shape of a woman’s head, surmounted by an eagle.  Artist unknown; ca. 270-200 BCE.  From the ancient Apulian city of Canusium (= modern-day Canosa di Puglia, Italy); now in the British Museum.  Photo credit: Sailko/Wikimedia Commons.


Ancient Greek gold bezel box ring depicting Bellerophon astride Pegasus, slaying the Chimera. Found in Southern Italy, the ring dates to 340-320 BCE and is currently located in the J. Paul Getty Museum. The image on the left has been edited slightly by me.

anonymous asked:

why the fuck did you do this? Southern Italy already exists, this is dumb

((R R A N T.

I coiuld have brushed this off as anon hate (but I don’t really think it is, idk), but I will use this as an occasion to explain my point of view about Hima’s Romano.

First of all, the name!

Lovino is NOT an actual italian name, it is a butchering of the italian verb ‘Rovino’, ‘I ruin’ or (this idea is a little joke of mine, an italian confused as you about it), the archaic form 'Lo vino’, “The Wine”.
My Southern Italy’s name is Romano, an actual name with its origin on the Roman Empire’s age.
It comes from Romanus “citizien of Rome”, and many Byzantine emperors and rulers had this name, including the modern poltician Romano Prodi. Vargas is ok, since it is a surname that is widely used in all of the peninsula, from Milan to Palermo.
I would like to give him a second name, now I am set on Ferdinando (widely used in the Kingdom of Naples, the Two Sicilies and modern Naples itself), Enea (Aeneas, the mythological hero) or Achille.

Second point: Family.

Hima sets North Italy as his brother and Grandpa Rome as his, well, grandpa, but I am not too sure about it, nor is the Italian-Hetalia Rp fandom (most of us are history nerds, including me).
First of all, the last time Italy was unified properly before the Risorgimento, was before the fall of Western Rome and during the Kingdom of Ostrogoths/Odoacer, so how can they be brothers, if not under the good ol’ Roman Empire? I am a proud classicist, so I support the idea of them being Rome’s sons like pretty much everyone in the italian fandom.
Who is the mother? There are two: Romano is son to Rome and Ancient Greece, making it Greece’s brother, since Southern Italy’s name itself, Magna Graecia (widely used nowadays, too!), comes from the time when Greek colonies were founded along pretty much all of S. Italy’s coasts, but I will talk more about this next time, N. Italy’s mother may probably be Gallia Cisalpina, so they are 50% brothers.
In the end, according to me, Romano’s family is:
Rome (Dad★), N. Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania, France, the Italian Regions and Greece (a lot of brothers, yeah?).
He is not 100% Feliciano’s brother, but he loves him anyways.

Third point: looking and acting.

Romano’s design is fine, I’d expect him to be pretty more tanned, and his hair should be curlier, but I am not complaining at all.
I think of him as older, pretty much at Spain’s age, tho.
Acting, here comes the real problem.
Romano is shown to be a stressed, whiny kid who depends on Spain and gets angry for ANYTHING, plus the “Potato Bastard” thing, ugh.
By stereotypes and a good 50% of truth, Southern Italians are more similar to Feliciano rather than being close to Romano. We are, and trust me we actually ARE, more welcoming, open minded and generally always happy about life, go lucky people. By stereotypes, we could say Hima is right on us being very flirty with tourists (I have a lot of friends who only date tourists and random foreigners, fml), pretty much hot headed, and lazy (yes, I won’t lie to myself, most of us are very lazy).
Also, the fact about him and his relationships–
They are pretty fucked up. We do joke a lot about Germany, but we like them! The greatest king Southern Italy had was Holy Roman Emperor of a German Dinasty (Frederick II of Swabia, google it) (i am using this to say something Germano related will come very soon ;)) ), and they invade us in summer with their precious tourists, bringing us money, so yes, WE LOVE YOU GERMANY.
Also Chigi in Italian is not an actual word, it is the name of a roman family and one of the italian government’s palaces in Rome but not anything really-

I will talk more about this another time, anyways! Please, PLEASE SUPPORT NON CANON VERSIONS OF CANON CHARACTERS!

nobody will probably will read this, but I had to))

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Altar to Bona Dea. Glanum, Bouches du Rhone, Provence, France. 

The cult of Bona Dea, the Good Goddess, was connected to Fauna, goddess of the flocks, from Latium, and to Damia, goddess of the fertile earth, from  Magna Graecia. The rites of Bona Dea were secret, and forbidden to men. 

The Mnêstêrophonía (Slaughter of the Suitors): Penelope’s many suitors are cut down by Odysseus, Telemachus, and the swineherd Eumaeus.  Side A of a Campanian (or Capuan) red-figure bell-krater, attributed to the Ixion Painter; ca. 330 BCE.  Now in the Louvre.


The Temple of Hera II at Paestum, 460-450 BCE

The Temple of Hera II, also erroneously called the Temple of Neptune, is one of three well-preserved temple complexes constructed in the ancient Greek city of Paestum in Magnum Graecia (present-day Southern Italy). It was the second temple in the city to be dedicated to the goddess Hera, although archaeological evidence suggests that the god Zeus and a third unknown deity were also worshiped at the temple. 

The Temple of Hera II is one of the best preserved examples of the Doric order in the world. Ironically, it is also architecturally unorthodox. The temple has 6x14 columns instead of the 6x13 column proportion that was popular at this time in Classical period Greece. The capitals are also extremely squat and flared, and the column shafts have an extremely pronounced entasis. Similar architectural diversions from the canonical Doric order can be found in Greek temples throughout Magna Graecia, suggesting that the architects of this region had greater freedom to experiment than the architects in Greece. 

Silver tetradrachm from the city of Naxos, Sicily.  On the obverse, a bearded head of Dionysus; on the reverse, a nude, squatting Silenus with a kantharos (two-handled drinking cup) and thyrsos (staff of the worshippers of Dionysus), alongside the inscription ΝΑΞΙΩΝ (”Of the Naxians”).  Artist unknown; ca. 425 BCE.  Photo credit: Exekias/Wikimedia Commons.

anonymous asked:

Do you think Romano and Greece are brothers? Do they have a special relationship?

I think they have the same mom (Magna Graecia = South Italy), and… yup in my opinion they are brothers/stepbrothers.