i have to go read the odyssey

things my classics teacher has said

he teaches the odyssey and he really loves it, even though most of my class don’t, and he says some of the strangest things when we are reading it aloud:

  • this next line is so dramatic i think im going to have to stand up for this bit
  • well you all have ruined it im sitting down again
  • “..and mr s stands with them too, and it looks awesome”
  • (laughing to himself) oh what idiots these men are!
  • me: why does it have female pronouns? isn’t it just a hole?
    mr s: yes, but its a female hole. (silence) oh I’m so sorry. please lets move on and forget i ever said that (our class is exclusively female)
  • no, not one cow with a machine gun against a hundred men. that would be pretty awesome though
  • i’m going to stop talking about nipples now
  • this is where she just decks him
  • he’s a really old boy
  • it just makes you sick doesn’t it
  • what do you mean you don’t like odysseus get out
  • you know i’m going to stand up for him. i love him.
  • mr s: don’t forget to update your divine intervention log. your d.i.g. if you will.
    a student: sir, that would be d.i.l.
    mr s: … well, i feel foolish
  • don’t worry it won’t take me long to bounce back
  • a student: i just can’t like odysseus
    mr s: (mortified noise) 
  • when I was younger I wanted to be a pirate… I still do to be honest
Read to Me (Peter x reader)

Hey babes! I hope your day is going well, I’m actually about to start a big test so rip me. This was requested by an anon, and I hope where ever you may be, that the fluffiness brings a smile to your face. I love you all, and thank you for sticking around here. xoxo 

Request: A fluffy Peter X Reader where the reader reads a mythology book (of your choice) to Peter on a rainy night in his room and he’s just in her lap, cuddling and kissing and then they both fall asleep together.

Warnings: None

MASTERLIST


The rain pattered on the window pane, the streaks of water glowing against the moonlight. You were sitting on Peter’s bed, your back against the headboard. He head was laying in your lap, and he was looking up at you in complete awe. 

The two of you had planned to go out to the city tonight, but because of the storm, he decided that it would be best if you both just stayed in. He took you to his room and you scanned over his book shelf, your eye catching a classic book that you loved to read.

As his head was in your lap, you played with his soft, brown locks with one hand while holding the small paperback book to your eye level. You ran your fingers through his hair and moved your hand to cup his face. 

“What?” He looked up at you with that smile that always made you week. 

“Nothing, babe.” You leaned down towards him, and he placed his hand on the back of your neck, bringing you closer to him. He pressed a warm and tender kiss against your lips, sending off fireworks in your head. Every kiss was like the first one. It always felt new, and real. You pulled away and peered into his eyes with your glistening E/C ones. You pecked a kiss on his nose before returning your attention to the book. 

“Come then, put away your sword in its sheath, and let us two go up into my bed so that, lying together in the bed of love, we may then have faith and trust in each other.” Your eyes scanned the words on the page as you read them aloud to Peter. 

“Wait, what are we reading again?” He quirked his eyebrow, earning a dramatic eye roll from you. 

“’The Odyssey’ by Homer.” You couldn’t hold back a smile as you shook your head at him. 

“Ohhh, okay. I got it.” He nodded his head and stared up at you, waiting for you to fill the room again with you soothing voice. You continued to read, but the old script was beginning to tire you. It was lulling you to sleep, as well as your boyfriend. When you put the book down, he didn’t protest. 

Peter lifted himself from your lap and you shifted yourself down, so that your head was resting against his chest. He wrapped his arm around your waist, his thumb slowly drawing up and down your side. You tilted your head towards him and trailed kisses from his jawline to his lips. He smiled against your lips as you gave him a sweet, but passionate kiss. Peter loved the way your lips perfectly fitted to his, and he reveled in your taste, deepening the kiss. You could feel every fiber in your body contract at the sensation. Somehow this boy managed to make your heart explode with the smallest things. 

You pulled away, kissing him on the cheek before placing your head next to his heart. His heartbeat was steady like a drum. 

He whispered against your hair. “God, I love you, F/N L/N.” Peter gently kissed the top of your head, closing his eyes. 

“Mmm, I love you more, Peter Parker.” Your eyelids were heavy as your smirked against his chest. He didn’t argue against you on it. Usually, he would tell you that he loved you most, but you never let him win that battle. But tonight, he didn’t say anything and you realized he was completely passed out. 

You kissed his chest and curled closer to him, letting the drowsiness drag you down into sleep. 

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.

- from “The Odyssey” by Homer


I hoped you liked this cute little one shot that was requested by an anon. I really loved writing this, fluff is literally my shit. I can’t wait to go home and finish up the next chapter of “There”! I hope you all have a lovely day, I’m so grateful for you all. xoxo

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anonymous asked:

Could you post some more Percabeth headcanons about the Ichor Group au, if it's not a problem? I've been through the entire tag already, I love reading about it! Have a great day :)

oh my gosh yes 

  • for their one year anniversary, Percy surprised Annabeth with a weekend trip to Paris
  • Annabeth’s wedding present to Percy is a blue sail boat that they take around the caribbean for almost a month 
  • so many weekends in high school are spent visiting Sally (and later Paul too) in the city just being a couple of normal teenagers 
  • Percy gets a Maserati from Poseidon for his 18th birthday so him and Annabeth go for a drive down the coast
  • Sunday afternoons spent in Odyssey Hall’s library, cozied up in the classics section without a care in the world (except for that Latin test that they were supposed to be studying for) 
  • when they were still just friends, they’d go for long walks around the OH property– sometimes they’d talk about everything under the sun and sometimes they’d just walk in silence, only wanting each other’s company 
  • towards the end of Percy’s first year at OH, Annabeth sneaks into his room in the middle of the night being extra careful not to wake Grover, and gestures for him to follow her. She expertly leads him through the halls, avoiding all the proctors meant to be keeping an eye out for delinquent students (”Annabeth, if my mom gets a call about me sneaking out, I won’t make it to my second year here” “Don’t be such a worry wort, Jackson”). They twist and turn until Percy is completely lost, and at some point they find themselves going up a narrow, spiral staircase. Annabeth leads Percy through a door, and suddenly they’re on the roof. She walks over to a storage box, taking out a blanket and handing Percy some pillows to hold. She spreads the blanket out and tells Percy to get comfortable. They lay down, and when Percy settles in he asks Annabeth what’s going on. “Just look up,” she says in a whisper. Percy lays his head back on a pillow and realizes what he sees– the expanse of the night sky, countless stars looking shining down on him. He’s not sure how long they’re up there, but Annabeth shows him all the constellations she can find, telling him each one’s story. When she drops him off at his room later, he thanks her. She playfully punches his shoulder, “What are best friends for.” He watches her disappear into the fading darkness of the hallways and ducks back into his room, a big smile plastered across his face until he falls asleep. 
Flint and Abigail

Hi there, here’s that Abigail and Flint fic I toyed with writing. I’m so glad I got around to actually putting it down on paper…er…screen. It was pretty interesting to try and nail the Flint Voice, I hope I at least got close. Please enjoy!

It was quiet now.

Abigail did not know pirate ships could be so quiet. From the stories her father and nanny would tell, ships run by pirates were always loud, wild and unhinged. Constant plunder and pillage and gunfire, never-ending death and danger. But now, she sits on the stern she sat on this afternoon, this time in the dead of night, with one lone man controlling the ship; the very tall, very quiet one. The only sounds around her were the low creak and rumble of the ship as it glided through the water, and the rustle of the flag when hit with a breeze. She closed her eyes, and let the sweet breeze kiss her hair, she inhaled the smell of salt that wrapped around her, feeling truly free for the first time in…she can’t even remember.

Abigail felt a chill run through her spine, wrapping the blanket she draped over her shoulders tighter, a gift from Lady Hami—Miranda. She remembered the terrifying haze she was in for days, only to be revived of that to be moved to a dark, dank belly of a fort, where a man thought money was more important than her life. Millions of thoughts ran through her head, the loudest one being if she would ever see the sun again, be outside again, breathe again. She wondered if she would ever stop being someone’s prisoner.

But sitting on this ship, with the moon clear and the stars bright, with her skin feeling pure fresh air and smelling nature in what felt like years, Abigail began to feel freedom again, she felt as if she were returning to herself, slowly piecing together what it felt like to be human, to be alive.

She jumped at the light thump from behind her, her nerves rattling and turning to see who was approaching. Her nervousness dwindled—slightly—when she saw that it was Captain Fl—James McGraw—moving slowly to stand a few feet away from her.

“I did not mean to frighten you,” Mr. McGraw says, voice rough, trying to make his voice gentle for the girl.

Abigail shakes her head, her movement slightly fidgety, “I did not mean to jump,” she replies, her voice small.

“Are you alright?” he asks, keeping his movements slow as he walked towards her.

Abigail nods, “I could not sleep…I thought the air would clear my mind, but…I find my thoughts reeling now more than ever.”

Mr. McGraw thinks on this, and nods. “You wouldn’t be the first. Nature plays cruel tricks like that more than you know,” he says, cracking the tiniest hint of a thing that could qualify as a smile. Abigail’s shoulders relax further, and works up the courage to move over on the small bench she occupied, offering the captain a spot.

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boys-say-go  asked:

hi, I've recently started taking an interest in ancient greece, most of what I know is about the art since I've studied it in uni, but now I wanna know more about the people and culture, important events, etc. Do you have any reading suggestions? (besides the Iliad, who's got time for that) /a norse

Hello Norseman!

I have a couple of suggestions for reading to get a good breadth of knowledge! 

Go for The Greek World by Simon Hornblower, it’s a good look at a lot of Greek states and Persia in the couple of decades before Alexander the Great, so it covers Athenian Democracy, Sparta’s rise and fall, Thrace, Thebes, Egypt’s rebellion from Persia. 

I’m not sure if I can persuade you into reading the Homeric Epics aka The Iliad and Odyssey, but I will tell you that they are incredible works of literature and they can reveal a lot about Greek life and values, and also there is an incredible audio book (free on Youtube) of The Odyssey read by Sir Ian McKellan and it is a treasure.

Robin Lane Fox is the authority on Alexander, so if he interests you, he’s the one to read.

If you can bear it, Aristotle’s Athenian Constitution is a must read on Athenian democracy, though do take into account that he is writing rather later than Athens’ golden age so he is a bit anachronistic…

Two very important events which are both full of interesting people are Peloponnesian War and the Persian War. Thucydides and Herodotus both wrote on war, and for the most part, both of their works are easily accessible online for free and in translation. Herodotus’ Histories and Thucydides The Peloponnesian War.

I hope this helps and if you ever want more reading material or want some clarification on opposing sources, feel free to send me a message!

I’ll link to the online translations of Herodotus and Thucydides underneath!

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0200

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.01.0126

(Perseus is a real life saver!)

Thanks for stopping by!

anonymous asked:

hi, you have superb taste in anything and i was wondering if you could recommend some books? i'm going to the seaside and i will finally have time to relax and read and i wanted to check! thank you, you're lovely!!

Thank you dear anon, I can tell you the ones I read multiple times and perhaps you’ll like them:

House of Leaves
The Wasp Factory
Grapes of Wrath
Good Omens
American Gods
The secret history
Medea
Labyrinths
Stardust
Crush
The Wrath and the Dawn
The Dream Thieves (ONLY The Dream Thieves, not the whole series)
The Iliad - Homer (free for kindle)
The Odyssey - Homer

anonymous asked:

so as someone fascinated by the classics and who avidly reads post on here about ancient lit wtf would you recommend i start reading cause i got no fuckin clue?

i can certainly tell you how i WISH i had gotten into classics-as-a-hobby, because i didn’t know shit-fuck when i started and it was messy af. the following is going to be, in rough order, how i’d recommend diving in. people will differ with me on this, and i’d like to disclaim that my focus is actually history, so i still don’t know shit-fuck about ancient lit, really. all advice below is humble & subject to correction.

first, know that saying “ancient literature” is extremely, extremely broad: do you want ancient histories, tragedies, comedies, orations, treatises, poems? funny poems or sad poems? epic poems? do you want roman – republic, late republic, empire – or do you want greek – mythology, athenian empire, classical, hellenistic? it’s okay: you don’t have to know yet. this is just an idea of the scope of what’s out there. i’m going to assume you’re thinking of literature as “media the ancients consumed for entertainment.” we’ll start at the top. 

THE BEST PLACE TO START:

• is the iliad & the odyssey, and, by extension, the aeneid. this might seem intuitive, but it was not for me, because i don’t know, as previously mentioned, shit-fuck. no matter what you want to branch into afterward, the iliad and the odyssey are pretty fundamental for understanding the world that the ancients inherited. you have to know these works to understand their social mores if you go on to study ancient history, and you have to know these works to understand the archetype of the hero and other literary conventions if you go on to enjoy reading drama and poetry. 

good translations: the lattimore and the green are extremely similar and the closest you’ll get to actually experiencing the rhythm and pace of the poetry in greek. this does not mean they are super accessible and user-friendly for people who like to do this as a hobby, however. the lombardo is MUCH more accessible, but it takes a great deal of liberties and doesn’t fully embody what the text is about, i always thought. no shame in wanting a more accessible translation, but i would suggest reading the lattimore if you want to make a serious study of the works without, you know, spending an hour a day sobbing dryly over your greek flashcards. like myself 

(SOME) DRAMA ESSENTIALS

i feel it’s more user-friendly to recommend that you track storylines instead of tragedians; you won’t get as confused that way. in line with that, here’s some works that jump off from the content of homer:

• aeschylus: the oresteia, which is comprised of three works: the agamemnon, the choephori, and the eumenides. absolutely compulsory reading 
• sophocles: the ajax 

then you might want to branch into some non-homer adjacent works:

• sophocles: the oedipus tyrannus and the antigone
euripides: the medea, but read apollonius of rhodes: the argonautica first
euripides: the bacchae. my heart tells me to tell you to actually start with this one, but the student in me tells you to save it until you’ve read at least the antigone. on the one hand, you’ll be confused; on the other, it’s one of the greatest works of the ancient world. therefore, peruse at your discretion 

SOME ESSENTIAL COMEDIES, if you’re sick of dead people by now, include the lysistrata, the clouds, and the frogs, all by aristophanes.

SOME ROMAN WORKS include the aeneid which you should get down asap, as i said up top, right after you do homer’s epics. vergil has some other works, but first and foremost i’d actually rec ovid: 

the metamorphoses (lots of mythology, extremely essential)
ars amatoria (guide to getting laid)
heroides (poetry from the pov of mythological heroines, very fun once you know your way around recurring figures)

you can read juvenal but you’ll fucking hate him. i’m partial to lucan’s epic the pharsalia myself. i also like petronius’s satyricon, which is an anomaly: it’s actually a very early novel, after a fashion, with poetry interspersed throughout. it’s weird as shit, and fragmented. the rest that we get from the romans is a few plays, and a lot of orations, biographies, histories, and academic writings.  

BROADLY, POETRY:

• martial’s epigrams (sick burns, funny invectives)
• literally just anything by catullus is fucking baller 
• horace’s odes. my favorite is nunc est bibendum 
sappho: fragments, sadly, and ode to aphrodite 

once you’re done with these, some level 2 stuff might include works like vergil’s georgics and eclogues, seneca’s plays, and pliny the younger’s creative nonfiction-ish epistulae. another branch could be more aeschylus, like the persians or the prometheus bound. hesiod and aesop are pretty essential, but tragically i find them boring and so they are at the bottom of this list. you should also probably read pindar at some point. here is a super useful website that i love and wish i had known existed two years ago!

or you could study history instead, in which case you’re in for a lot of demosthenes, cicero, and marcus aurelius not knowing how to shut the fuck up, in that order. have fun and lmk if you have more questions!

anonymous asked:

"Zeetha being named after the Hindu ideal of female duty and honor" Whaaaat? What is this and where is this from???

Sorry I didn’t see this ask earlier Anon! 

Like Gil, Zeetha is named after an archtypical character from a famous epic poem, in this case Sita from the Ramayana (the Tamil version of her name is transliterated as Seetha, so Zeetha’s name is only a slight corruption). Hinduism has two very important epic poems: the Ramayana is one, with the other being the Mahabharata (I can’t believe I spelled that right on the first try???); they’re comparable to Homer’s epics, with the Mahabharata as the Illiad and the Ramayana as the Odyssey. 

The Ramayana is about Rama, one of the avatars of Vishnu, who sets out to rescue his wife Sita, an avatar of Lakhsmi, who has been kidnapped by a demon king who wishes to marry her. You can read a full public domain translation here over at the sacred texts archive

Basically, I have a lot of feelings about how Zeetha and Sita both represent the idea princess of their civilization and get stranded far from home with nothing but faith and hope to keep them going. The feelings get a lot more complicated than that, and go into a lot of Sita’s roles as the traditional “ideal” for woman & her relationship with the Earth and how she contrasts with Gilgamesh’s rejection of his own role and obligation to the land in search of personal glory BUT that’s a rant for another day.

prompt: high school group project au where the SMH boys have to reinterpret whatever Western Classic they’re reading in english class and decide to go with Ice Dancing……so of course they have to convince that little figure skater transfer student to be in their group…..

candybarrnerd  asked:

Hi Em, so I know you love mermaids, and mermaid are beautiful and amazing and well deserving of your love. but what are your thoughts on sirens? I freaking love sirens and can go on about them forever

I have mixed feelings because my first experience of Sirens was from reading The Odyssey: “First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song. There is a great heap of dead men’s bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them.”

And Homer made me fall so hard. 

Still though, even though Ovid and Roman mythology began linking Sirens to the sea where they drowned the sailors (and now Sirens are more just, like, really evil mermaids today), original Greek mythology wrote them as half woman - half bird, and I am….not exactly down with that. I have a huge phobia of birds and the image terrifies me. Even the thought of that makes me shudder and I just…

Originally posted by lamakaur1996

(I’m Stiles, totally smug and confident reading about Sirens until they - Derek - give me the jolt of fear.

The concept of Sirens is beyond cool and in their post-Greek form sign me the fuck up because they are the ones more likely to go round drowning people, as opposed to mermaids (not that mermaids are all good-natured). Sirens with their wings and claws, though? 

Originally posted by carthaginiansandelephants

Very cool but keep them the fuck away….

diorxdreams  asked:

I was wondering if you have any books to recommend like as a collection of Greek myths bc I know the basic myths but I'd like to read more and know more about myths so.... like IT doesn't specifically have to be books just any recommendations to find more myths in one place would be awesome

Well if you’re wanting specifically Greek myths, I recommend Theoi.com for an online resource. As far as books…Ovid’s Metamorphoses is pretty good for including a variety of myths (though it’s Roman mythology). Then there are the Illiad (end of the siege of Troy), the Odyssey (Odysseus’s journey home), and the Aeneid (Roman mythology; founding of Rome). All of which have a translation by Stanley Lombardo who is amazing. (I’ve mentioned in a previous answer that I haven’t read his Aeneid, but the other two are my go-to versions)

Otherwise, I’ve never found a single book that covers multiple myths really well. Translations of plays can be a good resource, but a bit difficult if you’re looking for more introductory stuff.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton has really good reviews, but I haven’t read it myself.

A word of caution, I do not recommend The Encyclopedia of Mythology: Norse, Classical, Celtic for a reference. I actually wrote a couple essays in university about how shitty a resource it was. My biggest problem with the book is that is says Greek and Roman myths are effectively the same. And they aren’t. There are many key differences between Greek and Roman mythology (beyond the obvious differences in names). Sure, it’s simple to say “they’re basically the same,” but it does a disservice to both Greek and Roman cultures to say one equals the other (or, worse still, that one copied the other).

If you’re ever reading something that claims Greek=Roman, stop reading it. It isn’t a good resource. [/end rant]

xoxo
Kleio


Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of The Mayan Book of The Dawn of Life and The Glories of Gods and Kings is my go to translation of the Popol Vuh. But if you want to know about Mayan mythology, a translation of the Popol Vuh is essential. There might be a better translation for you or even a newer one that is preferable for any reason. It depends a bit one what you are looking for.

If you’re looking for something general and a quick kind of over view this one is good for the average laymen An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya, it isn’t specific to one mythology, it has Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Teotihuacanos, Mixtecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs

For any kind of translation, always remember that they may be different just because translating and such! The spellings of names can also very, so watch out for that. What you think are multiple gods may actually just be one with different spellings of a name. Also, I don’t have anything specific for certain Native American myths, but if any book ever says that they are all basically the same, put it away. It is not to be read. Similarly, if books try and tell you that Mayan and Aztec are the same, put it away.  

best wishes,

Ajk'in

It’s not a book, but the Myths and Legends podcast is a fun way to hear myths from a variety of cultures.

 - Fedelm

Norse-mythology.org, sacred-texts.com has all sorts of things, and Pantheon.org is mostly good, at least for Norse (excluding the fact they made up a god?? Brono is not a god).  Fuck Yeah Norse Mythology has a huge resource list

The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland is a great book for any knowledge level; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Mythology by Arthur Cotterell and Rachel Storm- I haven’t read through this one in a while, but from what I remember it was fairly accurate?; Scandinavian Mythology by H.R. Ellis Davidson (There are PICTURES!); Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson (no pictures); and Norse Mythology by John Lindow- good while still understandable to the average person. 

-the Chorus

4-5 // 100 Days of Productivity 

I exist! Yesterday was so exhausting. I had work from 7:30 am-11:00 am, 3 classes back to back right afterward, a training session about 30 minutes after my last class, and I didn’t eat dinner until 8. I fell asleep sweaty and gross but in a deep, refreshing slumber until an upset stomach woke me up at 4:00 am this morning. 

Today was very low key, which was awesome. I had one class at 1:00, a meeting right afterward, and I had to scan my transcripts to send my internship. I went to Texas Roadhouse for the first time ever and it was so much fun. I ate with my roommates before heading over to Target to grocery shop. 

All of my roommates decided to go out for the night despite the fact that it is snowing profusely. I went to the gym and decided to catch up on some homework. I just did some cardio and some 5-minute abdominal workout. It was supposed to be my rest day so I tried to do a low impact workout. I just did the elliptical for about 20 minutes and another 5 minutes on the bike. 

My homework has been moving along quite nicely. I wrote my Odyssey article, tried to do my professional writing blog (but there are some issues with the confirmation email on Wordpress so I cannot publish said blog), and I’m about to read for my American Gothic class.

Tomorrow I have work from 11-2. I’m heading to the gym afterward to get my arm and abdominal workout in before doing, even more, homework. Tomorrow should be rather quiet, though. Hopefully, I can get two hours into LSAT studying and my literary criticism homework. 

Anyway, it’s going to be a late night!

Gabbs

queenofvanillasparkles  asked:

So I was directed to you for information on Hermes? I'm mostly looking for any information on his personality, and possibly suggestions on what to offer to him, and actually any solid resources on him. Thanks.

Hermes! Alright I’ve got this, as a general warning I’ll go ahead and state that some of this is UPG especially concerning personality and offering suggestions but here we go. 

So I’ve always been drawn to Hermes and tricksters in general. That said Hermes is a trickster. He’s the God of Thieves and Trickery. He likes to mess if you just because he can. It’s not malevolent or anything but you’ve got to expect it in your life. 

Beyond that Hermes Hermes is a friend of mankind. We call him Eriounes and Dotor Eaon, luck bringer/ready helper and bringer of good things. He likes us and he wants to see us succeed which is amazing. 

I really want to stress though, Hermes is a God and no matter how benevolent he might seem, if you cross him you’ll pay for it. Don’t think that just because he’s nice and a friend of mankind that he’s any less worthy of fear and respect. 

I think that covers his personality pretty well. As for offering, I have a few ideas. 

More traditional offerings:

  • Incense (Frankincense, and Storax are based in history I offer Lemon-ish ones typically)
  • Strawberries
  • Crocus flowers
  • Typical libations   
Want to offer something different? You can try these offering/activities that you can dedicate to Hermes. 
  • Learn a new language
  • Write
  • Take up debate or public speaking
  • Exercise/Enter a sport contest
  • That stolen pen from work
  • Coins
  • Just go buy something in his name

Sources that I used to make this post:

Theoi.com

Baring the Aegis

Other sources for Hermes information:

The Homeric Hymns

The Orphic Hymns

Ovid, Metamorphoses

Homer, The Iliad

Homer, The Odyssey

Aesop, Fables

and literally hundreds more. If you check Theoi’s sources at the end of each entry it offers plenty of reading material. 

I hope this helps and that I didn’t disappoint. Feel free to come back with any other questions you have and I’ll do my best to answer them. 

Finally Home - Etrian Odyssey 2 Fanfiction

Summary: Shiki was…glad to be home.

AN: The last part of this Shiki Saga I have going on. It turned out longer than expected, just under 4,000 words XD I was hoping to have written this up sooner but fell ill with the flu and writing while loopy on meds is not a good thing to try, trust me. Anyway, enough stalling, I hope you enjoy reading and let me know what you think~

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listen, it’s amazing how much you don’t actually have to watch TMP to understand the next 3 movies in the series. They completely ignore it’s existence. It’s not very good either. My suggestion: skip the discount space odyssey, read the summary on wikipedia if you really want to, go on YouTube, and watch the my simple feeling scene (the only part that matters), move on to wrath of khan

Idk what this is but after last week’s episode with more confirmation that Oliver Queen is a reader, I got a spark of inspiration to write something including that little tidbit about him. And also baseball because, why not? Un-beta-ed so read at your own risk lol. 


Felicity held down the pages of her notebook as a warm spring breeze blew by and tickled her face.

“Do you want a ride home?”

She turned her head to see Iris joining her on the bleachers.

“No that’s okay. I think I’m just going to get some homework done and then walk home.”  

“You’ve been spending a lot of time out here lately.”

Shrugging, she replied, “It’s nice out. And mom’s been working weird hours again so I’d rather be here than alone at home.”

Iris tilted her head towards the baseball field where the team was starting their after school practice, “Are you sure it has nothing to do with that?”

“I don’t—“ She could feel a faint blush spreading across her cheeks at how high pitched her voice sounded and she coughed, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Mhmm,” Iris raised a skeptical eyebrow but let it go. “Well, I’ll see you in chem tomorrow.”

Felicity nodded, “Yep. Don’t forget that it’ll be the third Tuesday of the month which means, according to my algorithm, we’re going to have a pop quiz.”

Iris shook her head in amusement, “I am friends with all of the biggest nerds at this school.”

Felicity grinned, “Happy studying!”

She watched as Iris walked away from the field before sliding her eyes over to where the guys had lined up for throwing drills. Squinting in the sunlight, she paused for a fraction of a second on one of the players before ducking her head back down into her chemistry notes.

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anonymous asked:

Hey :) Where did you learn all this stuff about greek mythology? Do you know ancient greek and read original texts? I'd really like to learn more, but I don't know where to start and I actually don't even know what texts or books there are on this topic...

Hey hi hello! I’m a Classics major in my college actually (well, double Psychology and Classic Civilization major, technically). Unfortunately, I study Latin, not Greek. Not that I don’t enjoy Roman literature, but I just really love Greek tragedy. As I’ve only been taking Latin for a short time, I’ve never read anything in the original language, only in translation. If you’re a college student (or will be at some point in the future) I hiiiighly recommend taking some courses in your Classics or Western Civ equivalent department.

I can also give you some bomb recs. You should definitely start with the Iliad and the Odyssey, as they’re a. the foundation of Western literature, and b. awesome. I recommend the Lattimore translation of the Iliad, and the Fagles translation of the Odyssey. Then you might also like to read the Aeneid, which to be really honest, is basically a Roman fanfic of the first two. 

Once you have the epics out of the way, get yourself some drama. I much prefer Greek theater to Latin, as stated. I’d say go with Euripides’ Medea and Bacchae, Aeschylus’ Oresteia (which is a complete trilogy), and Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrranus, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone.

And definitely read Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which covers basically every single myth. It’s also really long, but totally worth it. I just read the Mandelbaum translation last semester and it was beauuuuuutiful.  Oh my God, so good. The Pseudo-Apollodorus is also a fantastic reference for myths, though it’s not as in depth as the Met. 

Oh wait, I take it back, what you should actually start with is the Theogony. Here’s one translation, and here’s another. It’s much shorter and less in depth than anything else, and it’s a good way to try out reading some old ass poetry. The Theogony covers the origins of the gods, and gives a ton of information about so many deities. But definitely keep in mind that the canon about the gods was always changing, and no two writers told the stories the same way. For instance, in the Theogony, Hecate is super different from how she’s described anywhere else (I’ve talked a lot about Hecate here).

Also, always keep in mind that these were all written over 2000 years ago (or actually, almost 2000 years ago in the case of the Met. Which will be 2000 in 2017, I think?) and the people who wrote them lived in a completely alien culture. They are all excruciatingly misogynistic and filled with sexual assaults, and nothing is particularly happy.

I will be the first to admit that it can be suuuuper hard to get into literature that’s upwards of 2000 years old, even in a relatively readable translation. So it’s definitely a good idea to read it with someone else, so you can talk through it. Or check out some companion works, because Classicists have been writing readers to go along with these basically forever. (You can also ask me or any other classics nerds on tumblr, because we live to talk about this shit okay)

If you’d like to start smaller, there is an enormous amount of fiction that has been written based on Greek and Roman mythology and culture. Some highly recommended modern titles include The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (which is a retelling of the Iliad), The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher (which is heavily based on Roman culture), Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips (which is super funny, I’m reading it now), the Percy Jackson novels by Rick Riordan (which are utterly delightful), and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood and the rest of the Canongate Myth Series. If you like romance novels, you might also appreciate Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon and a couple other books in her Dark Hunter series. Also most of this goodreads list looks promising.

And if you haven’t read it yet, GO READ RECEIVER OF MANY by kata-chthonia. Highly recommended, and a link is here. She’s also going to be self-publishing the novel soon, and you can help fund her kickstarter if you’d like, and be on the look out for both parts when they’re released.

ALSO if you have any inclination at all towards old-ass computer games, the #1 reason why I am such classics trash is because I spent way too much playing Age of Mythology on my pc as a child. 

since people are not reading my fanfic -  well, I pretty much have to assume it isn’t good.  I mean, people read stuff they like, they avoid stuff they don’t like. 

I’ll just have to go back to actually writing it for fun, writing it for myself.  with no expectations. but what’s the point?  and if it’s not a popular ship- well maybe that’s why ppl don’t read it. OR I haven’t written it right. one of the only AIO fanfics out there but - not much response which probably means it’s  pretty mediocre. 

 So. is it worth wasting any more time on? 

it’s the very reason I came to tumblr in the first place. the foundation of my involvement (exact circumstances I don’t quite remember but- )

I mean, it’s just fanfic, so if it’s not fun, it’s not worth wasting any time on. I don’t have to write out of any obligation to finish the story– or do I? - Well. it’s just for fun in my spare time. So .

- can I write anymore? Can I enjoy writing anymore? if not writing–then what can I do?? 

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hey! it seems like the song of achilles fandom has been doing pretty well lately. if you really liked the book and want to learn more about the trojan war/the iliad, here are my suggestions:

  • reading the iliad can be really fun, but you shouldn’t try and approach it as THE GREATEST WORK OF LITERATURE or as a story about achilles and patroclus, because you’ll end up disapointed
  • it is really good and achilles and patroclus are important players, but they’re off stage for most of the book and if you go into it thinking it’ll be about them, you’ll end up skimming over the fun parts, like menelaus beating up paris and zeus making fun of ares
  • basically, think of it like the most ridiculous action movie you’ve ever seen mixed with the the most ridiculous soap opera
  • you should skip the second half of book two, you don’t need to read it
  • you can skim whenever nestor starts talking or when the battles are happening, i’d save reading them in depth for your second read through
  • throw your logic brain out the window. if they say that two dudes traded armor in the middle of battle because their grandfathers were bros, then that’s exactly what happened
  • in terms of translations, lombardo is in my experience the most fun to read. he’s got pretty modern phrasing but retains most of the meaning.
  • a lot of people like lattimore, i personally don’t care for him, but his translation is very pretty
  • fagles is utterly adequate 
  • i wouldn’t suggest reading a prose version, they tend to skip over a lot of cool stuff. 
  • if you don’t want to read the whole poem, “black ships before troy” is a really good adaptation that also has what happens before and after the story of the iliad
  • honestly, you can probably learn a lot from poking around on wikipedia and places like that. i have spent a horrible amount of time reading characters’ pages 
  • the greek tragedies can be really fun and a lot of them are about stuff that happened during/before/after the war. they can give you a better sense of a lot of the more minor characters. euripides will probably make you cry
  • the odyssey, the aenied, and the inferno are all fun to read as well if you want to see your favs make guest appearances, but you’re probably going to want to punch people a lot while reading them
  • there are two important guys named ajax in the iliad. one of them is a rat faced bastard, the other is a pretty chill dude
  • there are 50 different versions of basically every myth, so you’re never going to learn everything correctly
  • the characterizations of characters are pretty different in the iliad than in tsoa, be prepared for that
  • seriously, don’t read book two of the iliad
  • i promise it gets more fun after that
  • if you don’t like gore, skip the battle scenes or read sparknotes of them because they get pretty bad
  • if you’re confused, there is probably a scholarly article explaining it somewhere on the internet

i don’t have a classics degree or anything so i can’t vouch for the accuracy of any translations, this is all just what i’ve figured out from being really into the iliad for like four years. if you have any questions or have more advice please add on!

treesided-triangle  asked:

14, 36, 37, and 56!

14. I dont know any specific spot, but somewhere really rainy (rain is really calming to listen to) with really friendly people sounds nice
36. (I have a lot of favorites) Space odyssey, dr horribles sing-a-long blog, and brave little toaster(dont make fun of me for this one okay, its a good movie!!!) are all my favorite movies!
37. I dont read as much as i used to (i cant really build up the motivation to put things down and go read), but Alice in wonderland is my favorite book!
56. I dont really know. Rural areas are pretty isolated and blank, and suburbs (im assuming this means the ones that have like 50 of the same house) can be repetetive and blank, so i guess it really just depends!