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“It’s a she that Constantine and Anne Marie have worked so hard to improve/restore the image of the Greek Royal Family as clam, quiet, and private people who have accepted their country’s revolt against them. Meanwhile we have Olympia posting it up on insta showing off like a spoiled brat. She’s ruining everything her grandparents had to work so hard to prove.” - Submitted by Anonymous

Was the Munich Shooter an “Islamic Terrorist”?

If you look to social media then you would be convinced that the shooter was a refugee who was a religious Muslim with ties to ISIS and decided to carry out his Jihadist duties and massacre infidels. There are also constant false claims that he shouted “Allahu Akbar”. This narrative will sell rather well, and it is likely to be the one many people will go with regardless of the facts. But what are the facts? The shooter was born in Germany, and his parents were from Iran. The Iranian connection makes it a lot less likely to be anything ISIS inspired, since one of ISIS’ biggest ambitions is to destroy Iran and kill those “kufr Shi’a Iranian infidels”. However, he could by all means have converted to Sunni Islam, just like the terrorist in Sydney. And even if he had not become Sunni, it does not eliminate Islamism, even though it still makes it much more unlikely since most Iranians are not religious. Though, as I mentioned, it still does not eliminate the possibility. 

But let us look at the facts related to the tragic incident. First of all, all signs point to this being a classic shooting rampage and not terrorism. Contrary to Islamist terrorist attacks, this shooter did not shout “Allah Akbar”, nor did he state or even indicate being inspired by or doing it for Islam. In the case of all Islamic terrorists, they not only say, but make it very clear that they are doing it in the name of Islam. Based on investigations, it has become evident that he was obsessed with mass shootings, and had written material on such attacks, found in his room. Prosecutors further found books that he had about school shootings. There were literally no references to religion found in his home or within anything related to him on social media. Furthermore, the shooter had changed his profile picture to that of Anders Breivik on his WhatsApp profile. In addition to that, it is extremely rare for Islamist jihadists to actually shoot themselves the way he did. Suicide bombers blow themselves up in the hopes of killing as many people as they can, but Islamist terrorists who carry out shooting attacks will keep going until they are shot. This shooter who was born and raised in Germany was in psychiatric care where he was treated for depression, bullied by his peers regularly and suffered physical injuries from those incidents, and when carrying out the crime, the shooter was not shouting “God is great”, but he was seen shouting that he had been bullied for seven years. While I have no problem calling a spade a spade, the facts with respect to this case indicate that this was not Islamic terrorism.

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anonymous asked:

Hi :) Is Princess Maria-Olympia considered to be a royal? She is technically a Princess of Denmark

Yes she is. She’s a Princess of Denmark so she’s a legitimate royal, as you say. The difficulty with the Greek side of things is that there’s no hard and fast rule for what is a royal. Although Maria-Olympia’s family don’t reign over any territory anymore, most countries will recognise their titles so she would likely count as a royal even if she didn’t have the tie to Denmark. But that depends on your perspective on former royal families.

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     O L Y M P I A S; Ὀλυμπιάς

Olympias, (born c. 375 BC—died 316 BC), wife of Philip II of Macedonia and mother of Alexander the Great. She had a passionate and imperious nature, and she played important roles in the power struggles that followed the deaths of both rulers.

“Olympias had long been a devotee to the cult of Dionysos, something that angered many of the Macedonian people and she may even have introduced the practice of handling snakes to the cult…(x)”

The daughter of Neoptolemus, king of Epirus, Olympias apparently was originally named Myrtale. Later she may have been called Olympias as a recognition of Philip’s victory in the Olympic Games of 356 BC. Philip’s polygamy did not threaten her position until 337, when he married a high-born Macedonian, Cleopatra. Olympias withdrew to Epirus, returning after Philip’s assassination (336). She then had Cleopatra and her infant daughter killed. Olympias quarreled repeatedly with Antipater, regent of Macedonia during the early years of Alexander’s invasion of Asia, and eventually retired again, about 331 BC, to Epirus. Upon the death of Antipater in 319 BC (Alexander had died in 323), his successor, Polyperchon, invited Olympias to act as regent for her young grandson, Alexander IV (Alexander the Great’s son). She declined his request until 317 BC, when Antipater’s son Cassander established Philip II’s simpleminded son Philip III (Arrhidaeus) as king of Macedonia. The Macedonian soldiers supported her return. She put to death Philip Arrhidaeus and his wife, as well as Cassander’s brother and a hundred of his partisans. In response Cassander entered Macedonia and blockaded Olympias in Pydna, where she surrendered in the spring of 316. She was condemned to death by the Macedonian assembly, but Cassander’s soldiers refused to carry out the sentence. She eventually was killed by relatives of those she had executed. (x)

modern queens | olympias

the succession of philip and the last two years of olympias’ life were full of bloodshed, and many authors - both ancient and modern - have considered her a cruel woman. this is exaggerated. she was trying to stay alive and see to the succession of her son and grandson. of the many macedonian leaders who took part in the civil wars after the death of alexander the great, she was one of the few who were not fighting for their own power, but for the legitimate dynasty.

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↳ Alexander (2004)

A king isn’t born, Alexander, he is made. By steel and by suffering. A king must know how to hurt those he loves. It’s lonely. Ask Heracles. Ask any of them. Fate is cruel. No man or woman can be too powerful or too beautiful without disaster befalling. They laugh when you rise too high and crush everything you’ve built with a whim. What glory they give in the end, they take away.

…in the autumn of 357 Philip married his Epirot princess, and for the first time in his life found he had taken on rather more than he could handle. Olympias, though not yet eighteen, had already emerged as a forceful, not to say eccentric, personality… One of her more outré habits (unless, as has been suggested, it had a ritual origin) was keeping an assortment of large, tame snakes as pets. To employ these creatures on religious occasions could raise no objections; but their intermittent appearance in Olympias’ bed must have been a hazard calculated to put even the toughest bridegroom off his stroke. Our sources, furthermore, while admiring Olympias’ beauty, describe her variously as sullen, jealous, bloody-minded, arrogant, headstrong and meddlesome. To these attributes we may add towering political ambition and a literally murderous temper.
—  Peter Green, “Alexander of Macedon”

Very Rare Coin Issued By Alexander the Great’s Uncle

This excessively rare Greek silver stater was struck circa 334-330 BC at Tarentum (map) under Alexander I the Molossian, King of Epiros (r. 350-330 BC). Alexander I was the brother of Alexander III (the Great’s) mother, Olympias. This coin is possibly the work of the great Tarentine engraver Kal. The obverse shows Zeus Dodonaios wearing an oak wreath. The reverse has the inscription ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟ[Υ] / ΤΟΥ ΝΕΟΠΤΟΛΕ[ΜΟΥ] and a thunderbolt with an eagle to the left.

Alexander the Molossian was not only the King of Epeiros but also, through his sister Olympias, the brother-in-law of Philip II of Macedon and the uncle of Alexander III. At the same time his nephew was beginning his epic march to the East, he was called in by the Greek city of Tarentum to save it from the pressure of the aggressive Lucanians and Bruttians. He arrived with an army in 334 BC and was initially successful; he was, however, killed in a minor engagement in 330 BC. This coin was issued in Tarentum to pay his Epeirote troops. It was struck in the Corcyran standard since they preferred the non-Italic weight standard. The artistry is absolutely superb: the head of Zeus is immediately reminiscent of the contemporary issues of Olympias and of Philip II.