in naples

Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857)
“Eruption of Vesuvius” (1826)

Mount Vesuvius is a volcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples. It is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and several other settlements.

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on Lovino supposedly having Arabic blood?

Well, anon! I’ve always liked the sound of it since having heard of it from where I believe the concept came from; according to Himaruya himself  “South Italy’s hair is colored darker than Italy’s due to having Arabic blood” (x). In addition, it can also be supported culturally and historically!

Islamic rule occurred in Sicily and some parts of Southern Italy from around about the first century (x), and they reached as far as Rome! Whilst they were there, they also built many structures- places of prayer, for example- that still exist to this day! Most of this did occur in Sicily, and even Malta- and whilst you could argue that Sicily is a separate entity to Southern Italy, there is mention that Romano “represent[ed] either kingdom of Sicily and Naples (which later became “The Kingdom Of The Two Sicilies”), which were part of Southern Italy and wound up under the control of Spain.” (x). As Romano was the one who lived with Span in the anime and manga, I would say that it isn’t too drastic of an assumption to make. 

It happened a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t still have an affect. For example, the Norman and Roman invasions of Britain still have something of an impact, and a similar argument could be made in regards to North Italy and how he once was a part of the Holy Roman Empire; it is said that he “share[s] Germanic blood” (x)

The Shield of Achilles

Homer, Iliad 18.478-489

And first he crafted a shield, both great and sturdy,
And added ornaments on every side,
And around the edge he fashioned a triple rim
Shiny and flashing; and onto it he fastened
A silver shield-strap.  The shield itself had five
Layers in all; and onto it he worked
Many adornments, with all his clever craft.
He fashioned on it the Earth, and Heaven too,
Along with the sea, the Sun that never tires,
And the full Moon, plus all the constellations
That Heaven is crowned with: the Pleiades, the Hyades,
Mighty Orion, and the Bear, which men
Also call the Wagon; it turns forever
In the same place and keeps its eye on Orion,
And it alone has no share in the baths of Ocean.
Ποίει δὲ πρώτιστα σάκος μέγα τε στιβαρόν τε
πάντοσε δαιδάλλων, περὶ δ’ ἄντυγα βάλλε φαεινὴν
τρίπλακα μαρμαρέην, ἐκ δ’ ἀργύρεον τελαμῶνα.
πέντε δ’ ἄρ’ αὐτοῦ ἔσαν σάκεος πτύχες· αὐτὰρ ἐν αὐτῷ
ποίει δαίδαλα πολλὰ ἰδυίῃσι πραπίδεσσιν.
    Ἐν μὲν γαῖαν ἔτευξ’, ἐν δ’ οὐρανόν, ἐν δὲ θάλασσαν,
ἠέλιόν τ’ ἀκάμαντα σελήνην τε πλήθουσαν,
ἐν δὲ τὰ τείρεα πάντα, τά τ’ οὐρανὸς ἐστεφάνωται,
Πληϊάδας θ’ Ὑάδας τε τό τε σθένος Ὠρίωνος
Ἄρκτόν θ’, ἣν καὶ Ἄμαξαν ἐπίκλησιν καλέουσιν,
ἥ τ’ αὐτοῦ στρέφεται καί τ’ Ὠρίωνα δοκεύει,
οἴη δ’ ἄμμορός ἐστι λοετρῶν Ὠκεανοῖο.

Thetis waits while Hephaestus prepares new arms for Achilles.  Fresco from triclinium E of House IX.1.7, Pompeii; now in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples.


A supervolcano near Naples may be waking up

  • Campi Flegrei, a supervolcano near Naples, Italy, and dormant for close to 500 years, appears to be reawakening, scientists say.
  • According to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, rising magma could cause a release of gas and fluid that may lead to an eruption.
  • If that happens, as the Washington Post reported, it would spell disaster for the 500,000 people living around it.
  • Giovanni Chiodini, a volcanologist and the lead author of the study, said while it is impossible to predict with certainty when and if the supervolcano will erupt, the caldera requires immediate attention.
  • The volcano has erupted twice in the last thousand years: in 1198 and 1538.
  • In 2012, Italian authorities raised the alert level from green to yellow due to volcanic uplift. Read more

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