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Guess what I’ve been re-reading~

Ok so I’ve seen tons of fantastic super epic detailed PJO fanart, but I always thought that PJO would make an amazing goofy cartoon with self-conscious humor and crazy monsters of the week (and serious moments ofc) akin to Gravity Falls, Danny Phantom, etc. So character design doodles for that, I guess?

s/o for the crappy generic “ancient looking” font for existing


Kapetanissa Sarika (Sara Yeshua), partisan leader of the women’s platoon of the Greek People’s Liberation Army’s 7th division, posing with fellow EAM fighters and a revolver, October 1944.

Born in the Jewish quarter of Chalkida in 1927, Sara Yeshua belongs to the emblematic figures of the resistance. Before she turned 15, Sara assisted the wounded at the city’s military hospital as a volunteer nurse. From the beginning of the German occupation (October 1943), she got involved with Greece’s National Liberation Front, took her mother and left Chalkida for Steni.

To guard against German incursions against the Jews who had fled to the mountains, the resistance dispersed the Jews in various villages (Paliouras, Theologos, Stropones, Vasiliko) and later organised an escape network by boat to Turkey from Tsakei beach. Sara was well regarded by her fellow resistance fighters as a passionate speaker advocating for armed struggle against the occupation forces, particularly among young women. At 17, after the horrific murder of Mendi Moschovitz by the Security Battalions in Stropones (4 March 1944) and the burning of Kourkouloi, she formed an independent female resistance group that fought and gathered intelligence. Armed with Molotov cocktails, they attacked outlying sites to draw the Germans away from the main target, and aided in the capture of collaborators.  By the end of the war, she was legendary among the partisans of Evia, Greece, as “Kapetanissa Sarika” (Partisan Leader Sara). 

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
“The Fall of Phaeton” (1604)
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, United States

Phaeton, son of the sun god Helios, asked his father for some proof that would demonstrate his relationship with the sun. When the god promised to grant him whatever he wanted, he insisted on being allowed to drive the sun chariot for a day. Placed in charge of the chariot, he was unable to control the horses. The Earth was in danger of being burnt up and, to prevent this disaster, Zeus was forced to strike down the chariot with a thunderbolt and kill Phaeton in the process.


National Archaeological Museum:

Mycenaean swords and hilts:

Fragment of a bronze sword. The hilt and shoulder are decorated in the cloissone technique, in which the scale compartments are inlaid with lapis lazuli. This elaborate design ends in lion or eagle-heads, from Mycenae.

Bronze dagger with golden decoration of feliformia in a landscape with bushes, from Pylos.

Gold hilt and pommel revetment of a long sword from Skopelos. The sword is decorated with repousse spirals and concentric circles. The gold sheet of the hilt from the hilt was donated by the Society of Friends of the National Archaeological Museum in 1938, while the pommel was discovered inside the tomb. 

Bronze dagger with a golden decoration of a marinescape with nautiluses, from Pylos.

Faience imitation of sword hilt with gold inlays, from Mycenae.

A long bronze sword with an elaborate gold hilt revetment, decorated with spirals and ending in lion-heads. Griffins adorn the blade, from Mycenae.

For some more mycenaean weapons see here and here

{goddess of wisdom and war} 

i. glory and gore // lorde ii. breath of life // florence + the machine iii. yellow flicker beat // lorde iv. centuries // fall out boy v. hold me down // halsey vi. empire // alpines vii. guillotine // ya di viii. gasoline // halsey ix. ready aim fire // imagine dragons x. iron // woodkid xi. hurricane // halsey xii. everybody wants to rule the world // lorde xiii. seven nation army // the white stripes xiv. remain nameless // florence + the machine xv. this is gospel // panic! at the disco || LISTEN

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)
“Apollo Pursuing Daphne” (1755-1760)
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, United States

Tiepolo’s depiction of Apollo and Daphne comes directly from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” Daphne, the beautiful nymph and follower of the chaste goddess Diana, was pursued by the sun god Apollo, who had been struck by Cupid’s golden arrow of love. Fleeing Apollo, Daphne reached her father, the river god Peneus, seen here at left. To avoid Apollo’s unwanted advances, she is turned into a laurel tree. The transformation takes place before us as her leg turns into a trunk and her arms sprout branches.


Creative theme version of Iceland - take the 4 Greek elements, Water/Ice, Earth, Air/wind, and heat/light, and explore them in a single video. Original caption:

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Dinotopia is a fictional utopia created by author and illustrator James Gurney.  It is the setting for the book series (1992) with which it shares its name. Dinotopia is an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurs who have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society. 

Gurney’s assignments for National Geographic magazine required him to work with archaeologists to envision and paint ancient cities that no one alive today has ever seen. This inspired him to imagine his own.


National Archaeological Museum / Acropolis of Mycenae:

Ivory figurine representing two seated, bare-breasted female deities and a child leaning on their knees, the so called “ivory triad”. One cloak covers both women. A masterpiece of mycenaean art. From the Mycenae acropolis, palace area. (15th-14th century B.C)

the “ivory triad” is also featured in this set, from the online catalogue of the National Archaeological Museum.
Modern Interpretations of Greek Chorus

Oedipus El Rey

Greek tragedy remains the foundation of modern theater and performance - but obviously playwrights and creators are finding new ways to adapt these classical tropes. One of our favorites to see is what people do with the Chorus: what was once just a narrative strategy to move the plot along has become a character, a group of characters, or some other entity living within the world of the play. Oedipus El Rey shows us a fluid and spiritual take on the tradition chorus, allowing its members to easily redefine their role in the show. This video from our friends at @national-theatre explores several other examples.


Les costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873;

Peasant man and woman from around Bursa (wearing wedding clothing), Seis (horse groom); Rich Arnaut family

Muslim lady from Selanik,  Jewish lady from Selanik and a Bulgarian woman from Prilep; Muslim man and woman  from Lebanon

Armenian bride,Jewish woman from Istanbul and a Greek girl; Shepherd from around Diyarbakır, Turk from Cizre, Turk from around Mardin

Muslim, Armenian and Kurdish women from Sivas; Christian inhabitant of Beirut (summer dress), Muslim lady from Beirut, Christian lady from Beirut (winter dress)

Armenian woman from Burdur, Turkmen woman from Karie de Outmouk, Kurdish woman from Sarıkaya; A'alim from Al Hudaydah, Burgher from Al Hudaydah, Muslim lady from Sana'a

Got no head for planning, just
A heart that sings with rage
And what’s running through
My veins screams out DESTROY
And forgets to have a reason.
—  My Mom Calls Me Athena
I Tell Her “No, I am Ares”